8Write and Rewrite: Punctuating and Revising

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

Explain the uses of the three end marks of punctuation.

List and illustrate the most common uses of the comma, semicolon, colon, apostrophe, and dash.

Cite two basic rules for the use of quotations.

List key questions to be considered during revision.

PUNCTUATION

Most adults have not bothered reviewing the rules of punctuation since their school days. Though understandable, that’s too bad because punctuation is an important tool for good writing. Even a well-constructed piece of writing may be misunderstood if it is not punctuated ...

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