Punctuation Introduction



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Punctuation

Introduction

Why it is necessary?

    • A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.
    • “Why?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.
    • “I’m a panda,” he says, at the door. “Look it up.”
    • The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.
  • Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

Common Mistakes found

  • Full stops (periods) These mark the end of a thought. There is NO space before it, but there is ONE space after the full stop (or period).
  • Following the end of a sentence The new sentence starts with a Capital Letter.
  • NEVER start a sentence with an abbreviation e.g. “GIS is used…” should “Geographical Information Systems are used… ”
  • Never start a sentence with a number e.g. “10% of an ecosystem” should be written “Ten-percent of an ecosystem” when at the start of a sentence.

Task one

Task two



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