Friday, October 26, 2012

English Punctuation!

You probably use simple punctuation, such as full stops, commas and question marks, on a daily basis, both when writing and when speaking. However, here is some sophisticated punctuation that, if used in your writing, makes it very professional and of a high standard.

used before starting a list
The meal was good: they ate salad, roast chicken, cake and fruit.

separates the items in a list of longer clauses

I have been to Newcastle, Carlisle and York in the North; Bristol, London and
Portsmouth in the South; and Cromer, Norwich and Lincoln in the East.

Exclamation mark
used to express surprise, horror or an amplified feeling

Please don’t hurt me!

can add extra information
George Washington (the first president of the United States) gave his farewell address in 1796.

indicates an alternative
Actress/model Elizabeth Hurley was at the awards show.

indicate the passing of time
Many years passed… still she remained ill.

We hope this was useful and that you are able to use some of these forms of punctuation in your writing. We’d love to hear from you, so leave us a comment to tell us whether you found this useful. You can even show us an example of your punctuation practice! 

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