Punctuation plays a central role in conveying meaning to the reader. Punctuation provides structure and organization to the written language you use. How should this sentence be punctuated?
Woman without her man is nothing
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Has using your smartphone gotten you into bad habits where it comes to punctuation? If the answer is yes, then your reader can think one of two things:
Show your audience that you care (and are smart) by punctuating correctly. The Comma is akin to a “Yield” sign, or even a speed bump on the roads we travel. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word comma comes directly from the Greek komma, which means something cut off or a short clause. Here are some punctuation reminders about commas that you may have forgotten or not known:
The Comma (,)
If you were a judge in a probate court, deciding how to divide an estate, how would you interpret the following statement?
I bequeath my estate to Fred, Loretta and Jim.
Would you divide it in thirds, or would you offer 50% to Fred and 50% to Loretta and Jim to split?
The University of Oxford Style Guide has dropped use of this “Serial Comma.” Improving Communications encourages its use, to ensure clarity for the reader.
THE DIFFERENCE A COMMA CAN MAKE:
“Disregard my love.”
“Disregard, my love.”
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