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Punctuation marks may be nothing but little dots and lines, but those little dots and lines can make a huge difference! We need punctuation to separate our ideas and clarify our meaning. Trivial as they can be, the rules of punctuation are worth knowing.
So, for my own personal reference (and for anyone else who might find it useful), I’m going to review the rules and conventions for every punctuation mark. Later (read “eventually”), I’ll address the nuances of punctuation’s effects on writing style.
By the way, remember to celebrate National Punctuation Day! (Their website has some useful punctuation tips, too.)
Posts in This Series:
- English Punctuation: Hyphens, Apostrophes, and Slashes
- English Punctuation: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Marks
- English Punctuation: Commas, Semicolons, and Colons
- English Punctuation: Dashes, Parentheses, Quotation Marks, and Ellipses
- English Punctuation: Italics, Capitalization, and Other Odds and Ends