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Issue 243, August 24, 2016 Newsletter
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Sign up for Spoken Word training in the Houston or Dallas areas

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♦ TSPRA members at NSPRA
♦ Front page photo contest
♦ Sponsor spotlight

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GOOD TO KNOW

Broaden your punctuation horizons

Did your high school English teacher scare you off from using semicolons? Fear not, for they're easier than you might remember.
 
Semicolons are meant to link two related yet independent clauses – meaning they can stand as sentences on their own – without requiring a conjuction. Take a look at these three examples:  
 
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; and the training was easy to implement.
Use a comma with "and" or other conjuctions rather than a semicolon
 
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; our schools are safer this year too. 
Clauses that aren't linked should be separated by a period. 
 
Good: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; students' test scores are up 12 points.
Both clauses here relate to the new math curriculum, so it's fine to link them with a semi-colon.

TSPRA Tweets

TSPRA Austin

RT @APStylebook: AP Style tip: i.e. is the abbreviation for the Latin id est or that is (to say). Always followed by a comma.

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TSPRA Austin

RT @APStylebook: AP Style tip: Unique means one of a kind. Do not describe something as rather unique, most unique or very unique.

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