An English professor wrote the words, “Woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.
The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.”
And women wrote: “Woman: Without her, man is nothing.”
This was the Punctuation play and its right use helped create sense, clarity, and stress in sentences.
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Why Punctuation Is Important?
Punctuation is a life savior for your written communication. It can even save a life. Let’s find out how.
Here is an example
Let’s eat Grandma.
So the life of grandma is in danger here as the sentence indicates people about eating their grandma. Whereas when we punctuate the sentence, as ‘Lets eat, Grandma’. It throws light on the usage of commas and how it can help to save lives.
While punctuation helps to structure and organize your writing, not using it can put you in hot water. You need to educate yourself about basic punctuation so that you know how a woman without her man is nothing or something.
The most common punctuation signs are
- Period or full stop in British English
- The comma (,)
- An exclamation mark (!),
- Question mark (?)
- Colon (: ) and semi-colon (; )
- Quote, (“)
- The apostrophe, (‘)
- Hyphen (-)
- Dash, (_)
- Parentheses () and brackets .
Capital letters are also used to help us organize meaning and to structure the sense of our writing.
How It Is To Read Without Punctuation?
You can quickly see why punctuation is important if you try and read this sentence which has no punctuation at all:
Perhaps you dont always need to use commas periods colons etc to make sentences clear when i am in a hurry tired cold lazy or angry i sometimes leave out punctuation marks grammar is stupid i can write without it and dont need it my uncle Harry once said he was not very clever and i never understood a word he wrote to me i think ill learn some punctuation not too much enough to write to Uncle Harry he needs some help
Now let’s see if punctuating it makes a difference!
Perhaps you don’t always need to use commas, periods, colons, etc. to make sentences clear. When I am in a hurry, tired, cold, lazy, or angry I sometimes leave out punctuation marks.
“Grammar is stupid! I can write without it and don’t need it.” my Uncle Harry once said. He was not very clever and I never understood a word he wrote to me. I think I’ll learn some punctuation – not too much, enough to write to Uncle Harry. He needs some help!
1. Sentence Endings
Three of the fourteen punctuation marks are appropriate for use as sentence endings. They are
- The period,
- Question mark,
- Exclamation point.
2. The Comma, Semicolon, and Colon
The comma, semicolon, and colon are often misused because they all can indicate a pause in a series.
3. The Dash and the Hyphen
Two kinds of dashes are used throughout written communications. They are the endash and the emdash.
4. Brackets, Braces, and Parentheses
Brackets, braces, and parentheses are symbols used to contain words that are a further explanation or are considered a group.
5. Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, and Ellipses
The final three punctuation forms in English grammar are apostrophes, quotation marks, and ellipses. Unlike previously mentioned grammatical marks, they are not related to one another in any form.
How Bad Punctuation Can Give You a Good Laugh?
- Watch out – man eating apes!
Watch out man-eating apes
- Unable to eat Diarrhea
Unable to eat, Diarrhea
- I find inspiration in cooking her family and dog.
I find inspiration in cooking, her family and dog.
- I want to eat Diana. Please bring me spoon.
I want to eat, Diana. Please bring me spoon.
Punctuation is a powerful tool that can save and ruin lives while dealing with written communication. It is important that people who are into writing understand its significance and also ensure that they know the basic uses. So it’s a woman without her man is nothing for you or the other way round?