Punctuation is important because it enables the reader to understand the message you are conveying.
The easiest way to proof read your writing, is to read it out aloud. When you read something aloud, you will know when to add a comma, full stop, exclamation mark or question mark.
Comma – “Used to separate words, phrases and clauses within a sentence, and to separate items in a list”. (The University of Notre Dame Australia, 2017)
Full Stop – “used to end a sentence, and for abbreviations or initials”. (The University of Notre Dame Australia, 2017)
Question mark – “Used at the end of questions”. (The University of Notre Dame Australia, 2017)
Exclamation mark – “Exclamation marks act as a full stop. An exclamation mark is most often used to show shock, surprise, horror or pleasure”. (Learn English Network, 2017)
Incorrect punctuation can change the meaning of sentences. Below are a couple of example when you do not add a comma.
“We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!” versus “We’re going to learn to cut and paste, kids!” Commas certainly do make a difference.
“Let’s eat, grandpa” versus “Let’s eat grandpa”. Punctuation can potentially save lives!
According to The Punctuation Guide “If you aren’t sure how to properly punctuate a sentence or if the proper punctuation results in a convoluted, confusing, or irrelevant sentence, rewrite it. Perhaps as more than one sentence” (Penn, 2017)
The purpose of punctuation is to help the reader understand your message.
Learn English Network. (2017, April 7). LEOnetwork. Retrieved from Learn English Grammar: https://www.learnenglish.de/punctuation/punctuationtext.html
Newcastle Hyperweb Communications. (2017, April 7). A humorous look at how punctuation can change meaning. Retrieved from The Transcription People: http://www.thetranscriptionpeople.com.au/2015/04/14/a-humorous-look-at-how-punctuation-can-change-meaning/
Penn, J. (2017, April 5). The Punctuation Guise. Retrieved from The Ounctuation Guide: https://www.thepunctuationguide.com/index.html
The University of Notre Dame Australia. (2017, April 7). The University of Notre Dame Australia. Retrieved from Academic Wiriting: http://library.nd.edu.au/writing/grammar
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/explore/punctuation/
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