A Guide to Better Punctuation by Angela M. Burt

By Angela M. Burt

Powerful use of punctuation is an important ability for all those that write (or type), should you will quickly be taking examinations and for all those people who are studying or utilizing the language. offers a convenient, trustworthy and designated textbook consultant and an invaluable reference resource. Serves as a useful spouse to the author's A advisor to higher Grammar and A consultant to raised Spelling. The workbook is meant for sophistication use and person learn. there's a complete clarification of every element, and routines are set at every one degree to enhance the reader's realizing.

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Use commas where required in the following sentences. 5) I hear moreover that he is a very selfish man. 1) Anna plays the piano guitar descant recorder treble recorder and flute. 2) I must apologise ladies and gentlemen for the delay in starting. 3) My neighbour Mrs Greenham is a delightful person. 4) 'We're going on holiday next week' said Mrs Prince. 5) Laughing uncontrollably Christine ran out of the classroom. 6) 'We haven't got any cotton-wool in stock' said the 6) We have visited Italy Greece France Spain Norway and Sweden in the last five years.

Let us now look at these discretionary uses. Optionaluses of the comma I had hoped In the circumstances Letter lay-outs Most handwritten letters are laid out traditionally and most typed letters are fully blocked, but both forms are acceptable for both handwritten and typed letters. Exercise 4 4 Yours faithfully, Anne Prior (Mrs) Study the two examples which follow and in pairs discuss the differences in punctuation, positioning and paragraphing between the two lay-outs. 60 Note: 1) Use a comma, if you wish, after house number.

A dash can introduce an afterthought. W ell be leaving for Africa in July - whether we've sold our house or not. 7) You are, sir, quite simply a liar. 8) One thing and one thing only has caused his downfall drink. 9) The answer to that question, madam, is never. ' These last two uses are often more appropriate in an informal letter. In formal writing, it is probably best to construct sentences more carefully. Dashes reflect the asides and interpolations of our conversation; our written style can be crafted with more care.

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