Using Italics Correctly in
In order to make words stand out in your writing, writers
can use italics. To use italics correctly, it helps to know all the
italics may be used.
most common use is the easiest: to identify the title of
a longer piece of work, such as a novel or TV series, for example. Great Expectations is the title of a
novel by Charles Dickens. Remember, however, that shorter works use
marks. An example is the title of a poem: Wislawa Szymborska’s poem,
is published in her recent book of poems, Here.
use of italics is to identify a word that would be
stressed by a speaker during a piece of dialogue. For example: “I really wish you would stop talking about
my mother in law!” The italics, in this case, add emphasis that is easy
may also be used to show words used to show their
special uses. For example: The words right
and write are homophones, words
are pronounced the same but that have different meanings.
the same way, we can use italics on a single letter. The
letter k is silent in the word knife.
are truly useful ways to make parts of your writing
stand out to your readers (but be careful not to overuse them!).
(January 15, 2011)
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