Author Archives: Susan

How do I know where to put hyphens?

The simple answer (for words that are always hyphenated) is to check in a dictionary: if a word is always hyphenated, it will be listed.  If the word you are looking for isn’t there (for instance, game-plan), the odds are in favour of it in fact being two separate words (game plan). There is another

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In a dot-point list, does each item start with a capital letter and end with a full stop?

No and no. In Australia, the widespread convention is that each item in a dot-point list starts with a lower-case letter; you can think of each point as ‘finishing’ the sentence that introduces the list. You only need to finish a point with a full stop if the point contains more than one sentence, otherwise

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