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Punctuation

Punctuation is often difficult in one's own language - it is, therefore, doubly difficult in a language that is not your own. In the following pages you can get the rules and practice in key problems associated with the common types of punctuation in English.

What is Punctuation?

"Punctuation marks are signals to your readers. In speaking, we can pause, stop, or change our tone of voice. In writing, we use punctuation to emphasize and clarify what we mean." http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_overvw.html

Instructions

Go through the following explanations and exercises. When you have done them all come back here and try a final testFor fun you could also try this. Read page 1, try to fix it and then look at the answers on page 2.  Good luck!

 

Punctuation item Useful punctuation links
The sentence and full stop

 

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Commas

later read this on when to omit commas when using co-ordinating conjunctions

we
Semicolons The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Colons

later read this on correct use of colons and semicolons

Owl On-line Writing Lab    we
Quotation marks

Quotations exercise

Punctuation Help Pages

http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/punct.html

 

Capital letters we
Apostrophe