Punctuation

Punctuation
An example of how punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence.
There's a story, possibly an urban myth, about a teacher asking a class to correctly punctuate the words "woman without her man is a savage".
The men in the class wrote ``Woman, without her man, is a savage.''
The women in the class wrote ``Woman: without her, man is a savage.''

 

Love Letter - The actual letter was meant to read:

 

Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy--will you let me be yours?

Gloria

It ended up being read as:
Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,
Gloria

 

Punctuation Marks
Capital Community College, Hartford, CT

Eleven Rules Of Writing
A brief but handy list of punctuation and sentence structure tips. One must understand grammar terminology to make the most of their eleven rules.

Exploring English - Punctuation


Punctuation
University of Calgary takes you through all the punctuation marks in this well laid out site that also offers self-testing for each punctuation topic.
Click on to the punctuation information offered on this self-proclaimed "tangled web of pages", and learn more about apostrophes and periods.