English Punctuation and How Its Correct Use Can Improve Your Writing Skills
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English Punctuation and How Its Correct Use Can Improve Your Writing Skills

English Punctuation and how its correct use, can improve your writing skills

Internet slang, SMS, and pure ignorance or laziness has led to an increasing lack of the correct use of English punctuation marks. I do know there are variations in its use, and of course the wonderful difference between English and American English, as I am an Englishman I’ll use my common language.

Guidelines to go by

You can see how difficult it can be, so rather then to go into a complicated set of rules, let me try and give you some simple guidelines to go by. If you use a word processor, then the basic marks are pointed out for you, so my first tip is always use a word processor!

To help you remember, I will break up punctuation marks into blocks. The first three are: - Full stop, Question mark and Exclamation mark (!). These all come at the end of a sentence.

The full stop (.) is also used after many abbreviations and in the middle of a sentence if it is considered to be complete, as you can see highlighted above in bold.

See what I mean?

A question mark (?) is used to indicate a direct question when placed at the end of a sentence, see what I mean? The exclamation mark is used to express a sudden outcry or to add emphasis to a statement got that? “Good grief!” Charley Brown said.

Now we come to the lovely Quotation marks, My English teacher once said to me “Always use quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation made by person, or if you are quoting from a piece of literature”.

The Comma has a little more freedom.

There are other rules as well concerning quotation marks, for example, if you are quoting two different people, then separate them by starting a new line. The comma has a little more freedom than the others, its used to separate words or numbers you could write (a, b, and c) but it would also be correct to write (a, b and c) the first example is using serial commas, whereas the second example is not. I prefer the latter.

I have only just skimmed the surface of English punctuation and its correct use but if you concentrate on the ones I have pointed out, you will be well on the way to improving the way you work is read

Improve your writing skills.

There are many more punctuation marks these include, the exclamation mark, semicolon, colon, dash, hyphen, parentheses, brackets and apostrophes. Knowing where and when to use these can greatly improve your writing skills.

I bet there are at this very moment, scholars all over the country scanning my work to find all the mistakes I have made.

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Comments (1)
Suzi xxx

LOL You do realize your talking/typing to someone who shortens up the English language an puncs. an pretty much say/type the way I speak, not very well, but understood. I'd rather be understood by misuse of the English way I speak then not be understood cause I tried to speak proper or to type proper or write things the right way of doing things. I felt quite comfortable how you presented this Johnny!!! I understood all you had to say, an I hope everyone that is out there reading your write, an picking it apart ... is also scratchin their heads too, as it all makes sense to read exactly what point your trying to make come across. I get it, but then again, I'm not well ..... what do they call it, punctuated so to speak! lol, great job Johnny, I don't care what or how or even who makes it right or wrong when it comes to reading, if your so far off the chart of how you used your language, then yourself isn't going to understand your own write, or speakings. So foo foo too the ones who can't lighten up a Lil Bit an "chill". Reason One I don't wanna become a part of such a critical group of people who have nothing else to do but pick apart your way of speaking, or type/write. If you can understand what your reading then leave it alone, if you can't get it the move on don't pick when its not owned to pick apart to start. I love your writing Johnny, an the last thing I do is check to see if you've punctuated correctly or not. God forgive me but, writer's are critics of their own worst night mare an when they can't be their own they will tear someone else who's writing is maybe "not what they wanted it to be to there corrections" its their opinion only an that's all. I love this Johnny, it only means we are all human an what an when we speak is our own thoughts not to be tested or graded on how well you spoke your mind. Excellent Job Johnny.... excellent!!

Thanks For Sharing This One Too Johnny. Very good.