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Punctuation in the 21st Century: What You Need to Know

Posted by Kelly Creighton   Feb 8, 2017 7:30:00 AM


A Very Brief History of Punctuation

Did you know that some early Greek and Latin texts lacked any punctuation whatsoever? There often weren't even distinct line breaks or paragraphs either. It was up to the reader or orator to figure it out. Can you imagine reading dense philosophy or a mathematics lesson without the information being separated into paragraphs with sentences? Yikes!

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Topics: punctuation, periods, em dash, question mark, exclamation point

The Semicolon and Independent Clauses

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 13, 2011 5:30:00 AM

It is not uncommon to see commas, semicolons, and periods confused when it comes to joining two independent clauses for forceful and effective writing. Make your writing more powerful by understanding the proper use of the semicolon.

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Topics: punctuation, periods, independent clauses, effective writing

Get Points for Proper Use of Points

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 3, 2011 5:30:00 AM

In punctuation-speak, a point is a period. Here's a tip on using points.

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Topics: punctuation, abbreviations, points, periods

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