Nothing Personal Just Punctuation
Never underestimate the power of punctuation. It matters in every part of the writing, and no matter what you are writing for, be it business coursework or composition class, there is always a need for proper punctuation. However, when comparing English to other languages. English punctuation is somewhat easier. There are basic rules to know when composing a sentence. So, pay attention to the following rules of basic punctuation.
Rule 1: Two Sentences At Once
I came home late, I was hungry. This sentence seems a bit problematic, doesn’t it? The first thing to remember is that you are not allowed to bring two sentences together just with a single comma. But what is the right thing to do? First of all, all you need is just to use a semicolon: I came home late; I was hungry. The other option is to use a transition word or conjunction that would suit.
I came home late, so I was hungry. Or: I came home late. Consequently, I was hungry.
Rule 2: Conjunctions At The Beginning
Since I came late my father was angry. Do you feel something missing? Of course, there is a comma missing. The simple rule is that you have to employ a comma: Since I came late, my father was angry. However, do not forget whenever the conjunction is used not at the beginning, then there is no need for that comma: My father was angry since I came late.
Rule 3: Linking Needs Eye
Many people would hate her however she would never feel hurt. So, what is a problem here? There are two ideas to have a look at. The first part of information is that many people would hate her. The second part of information is that she would never feel hurt. The link between them is supposed to create a concession effect. So, the choice of However is good indeed. So, the better version when connecting these ideas would be Many people would hate her; however, she would never feel hurt or Many people would hate her. However, she would never feel hurt.
Rule 4: Counting Colons
She wants to buy many things a book, a notepad, a pencil, and an eraser. Again, something went wrong. In English when you are about to count things, you are to use a colon. But remember that colon is put after nouns, not verbs. Thus, this would be like She wants to buy many things: a book, a notepad, a pencil, and an eraser. Nevertheless, a colon is not the only option. Instead, you may employ such as or like. She wants to buy many things such as/like a book, a notepad, a pencil, and an eraser.
Rule 5: FANBOYS For The Dessert
I played tennis very hard so it was not surprising that I was tired. Here we see a problem with so: you should put a comma before this word. The right version would be I played tennis very hard, so it was not surprising that I was tired. Thus, when using these coordinating conjunctions, be careful to put the comma in the right place. For example, I was there at the meeting, but I was not able to see your boss.
Common Mistake With Et Cetera
I came here to buy a pen, a pencil, books, etc. This is how etc. is used. So, never use this without a comma and with the word and before it.
All in all, there are many reasons why punctuation is vital for writing. The more you are careful about it, the better your outcomes would be. Thus, when the sentence is like I want to eat Mike, then this would sound unusual. However, after correcting this sentence, it will be like I want to eat, Mike. There are some tips to increase your level of punctuation usage:
- Read a lot of papers and articles,
- Practice writing skills all the time,
- Start reading a book about punctuation,
- Always jot down interesting and detailed information regarding this topic,
- If possible, try to make it peer-reviewed.