3 edition of Tips for Danes on punctuation in English found in the catalog.
Tips for Danes on punctuation in English
John M. Dienhart
English and Danish text.
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The Overworked and Misnamed Ellipsis: Two Functions Christopher Altman is passionate about bringing the art of effective writing to everyday Americans. Do not use the semicolon to combine non-sentence parts, unless those parts contain internal commas that would lead to comma confusion. James Joyce Born in Dublin inJames Joyce is another punctuation-rule-defier whose works have been recognized as among the best of English literature. Period Use a period to end a complete sentence.
Would you consider it acceptable to write proceed when you mean precede, or vice versa, because you've never understood the difference between them? Are you satisfied that all four of these have completely different meanings? Do you see the problem? Here are 10 writers whose usage of punctuation or lack thereof has both bewildered and impressed readers: E. These were designed to be read aloud, so the copyists began to introduce a range of marks to aid the reader, including indentationvarious punctuation marks dipleparagraphossimplex ductusand an early version of initial capitals litterae notabiliores.
Or perhaps, if you're really committed to punctuation as self-expression, you just stick in whatever punctuation takes your fancy, because it's your piece of work, and so it ought to have yourpunctuation. We had one problem only, Janet knew: we faced bankruptcy. In British English, punctuation such as periods and commas are placed outside the closing quotation mark; in American English, however, punctuation is placed inside the closing quotation mark. Your readers will thank you for it ever after. British and American practices also differ in other ways; for example, North American publishers tend to favour double quotation marks for primary quotation, switching to single for any quote-within-a-quote, while British and Commonwealth publishers may use either single or double for primary quotation.
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Bibliography Books Of the books listed below, those with particularly helpful coverage of punctuation are shown in boldface. Emphatic pauses[ edit ] To mark a considerable pause, greater than the structure or the Tips for Danes on punctuation in English book or the points inserted would seem to require, the dash may be employed: as, "I pause for a reply.
Informal text speak tends to drop punctuation when not needed, including some ways that would be considered errors in more formal writing. That reader shouldn't have to make allowances for your personal tastes in spelling and grammar: she expects to see standard English spellings and standard English grammatical forms.
Some style guides now discourage double spaces, and some electronic writing tools, including Wikipedia's software, automatically collapse double spaces to single. On the other hand, one must always put a comma between the two independent clauses.
Carey, G. I like this parenthetical version a bit better than the dash version, for two reasons: Unlike the closing dash, the closing parenthesis does not replace the comma, so the comma appearing directly after the parenthetical clause drives home the point that the parenthetical clause is grouped backwards with the first part of the sentence.
Examples: I took a holiday and played golf, which I love; read a lot, which I needed to do; and slept late, which I hadn't done for quite a while. As explained by writer and editor Lynne Truss"The rise of printing in the 14th and 15th centuries meant that a standard system of punctuation was urgently required.
This sentence is now ambiguous. Caret[ edit ] The caret, used only in writing, shows where to insert words or letters that have been accidentally omitted. Comma There are a number of different uses for commas in English.
Positurae first reached England in the late 10th century probably during the Benedictine reform movement, but was not adopted until after the Norman conquest.
The lady was nice and old. Separate phrases clauses. Maurice] was of a different opinion. British punctuation is slightly different, as explained here. However, this could sometimes be difficult to read - it was not always easy to distinguish between middle-height and high dots. Brackets[ edit ] The crotchets, or brackets, generally inclose some correction or explanation, but sometimes the sign or subject to be explained: as, "He [Mr.
Notice that a comma is included before the conjunction "and" which comes before the final element of a list. In some cases a typewriter keyboard did not include an exclamation point!
Webster, in Congress, Would you happily write pair when you mean pear, because you think the first is a nicer spelling? What a gem! Adverbs[ edit ] Adverbs, when they break the connection of a simple sentence, or when they have not a close dependence on some particular word in the context, should, with their adjuncts, be set off by the comma: as, "We must not, however, confound this gentleness with the artificial courtesy of the world.No part of this book may be reprinted or Tips for Danes on punctuation in English book or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter no article in English 32 41 Article use—no article in Danish, definite article in English 33 Punctuation marks The comma The full stop The exclamation mark Posted in Punctuation, Punctuation Toolbox, The Writer's Toolbox Tagged Christopher Altman, effective writing, English, English Professor, grammar, Onondaga Community College, punctuation, punctuation techniques, Punctuation Toolbox, reason for semicolon, semicolon, semicolon grammar, Semicolon rules, The Writer's Toolbox, why use a semicolon.
Jun 29, · Punctuation is the art of dividing literary composition, by points, or stops, for the purpose of showing more clearly the sense and relation of the words; and of noting the different pauses and inflections required in reading. The following are the principal points, or marks: the Comma [,], the Semicolon [;], the Colon [:], the Period, or Full General: Contents • Introduction.The web's most comprehensive guide to American punctuation.Why Learn to Punctuate?
Why should you learn to punctuate properly? After all, many people have made successful careers without ever learning the difference between a colon and a galisend.coms you consider punctuation to be an inconsequential bit of decoration.
The Complete Guide ebook Punctuation details correct usage and common errors in English punctuation. This free ebook addresses proper use of semicolons, colons, the dash, commas and other important punctuation marks.
Although the Internet has caused a trend towards misuse of punctuation, it is essential to maintain correct and proper use of punctuation to convey the writer's precise meaning.