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Punctuation Guide


Valuable punctuation tips on how to implement the basic rules of punctuation into your every day writing.   

Although there is a trend towards the minimal use of punctuation in the addressing of letters, it is essential to maintain correct punctuation in the body of the letter in order to convey the writer’s precise meaning.  Remember, punctuation is powerful—one punctuation mark can change the whole meaning of a sentence.

Each element of punctuation listed below gives a full explanation of the basic rules that apply to that type of punctuation.

1.    Apostrophe                                       2.   Brackets

3.    Colon and Semicolon                       4.   Comma

5.    Dash                                                  6.   Ellipsis Dots

7.    Exclamation Mark                             8.   Hyphen

9.    Parentheses                                     10.   Period

11.  Question Mark                                  12.   Quotation Marks

An English professor wrote the words:
  "A woman without her man is nothing" on the board and asked his students to punctuate it correctly. 

All of the males in the class wrote:  "A woman, without her man, is nothing."   

All the females in the class wrote:   "A woman: without her, man is nothing." 

...Punctuation is powerful!...

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