Nov 29th 2011

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Punctuation is important? Punctuation is important!

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.

Wait…don’t look…

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!

Yours,

The Ginger Team.

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3 Responses to “Punctuation is important? Punctuation is important!”

  1. John Jeffrey on November 30th, 2011

    Thanks for your very interesting article, It’s answered a few questions for my friends and I and pointed us to look at things from a different perspective.

    Keep up the good work.

    JJ

    Reply
  2. Lyndall on January 7th, 2012

    Good to see real expertise on display. Your cnortiubtion is most welcome.

    Reply
  3. Rebecca on January 22nd, 2012

    I think you meant:
    A woman: without her, man is nothing.

    Reply

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