Nov 29th , 2011
When talking about proofreading it’s common to focus mostly on grammar and spelling, and punctuation is often left out of the discussion. But don’t be fooled – punctuation is something one should pay close attention to while proofreading. Why?
Here is an example of what a little comma, or the absence of one, can do:
An innocent colon can entirely change the meaning of your sentence. How would you punctuate this sentence?
A woman without her man is nothing.
When asking around, about half of the people punctuated the sentence:
A Woman: without her man, is nothing.
The rest of the group preferred this version:
A Woman, without her man, is nothing.
Which did you pick, and what does it say about you?
Misused quotation marks are another common punctuation mistake. Remember: quotation marks are not to be used for emphasis! They should be used, as their name suggests, to quote something. Whenever a quotation mark is misused, a little fairy dies.
Or more realistically, somewhere in the world a restaurant customer dies of food poisoning.
So, take extra care when proofreading your texts, and don’t forget to punctuate properly!
The Ginger Team.