Take the sentence – A woman without her man is nothing. Now see the difference punctuation makes:
A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.
“Punctuation is one of the most important aspects of written English, and yet it is one that is taken the most lightly.” – AnisSiddiqi, the Write Corner.
Punctuation & Explanation
|1||Apostrophe’||It ‘s used to form possessives (e.g., the school’s faculty, our family’s car) and certain contractions (e.g., it’s, I’ve, don’t).The apostrophe is not used to form most plurals (e.g., she is looking at several schools, these shirts are on sale). There are three exceptions: plurals of lowercase letters; plurals of certain words used as words; and plurals of certain abbreviations|
|2||“QuotationMarks”||Periods and commas go inside quotation marks, even if they aren’t part of the material being quoted. All other punctuation marks go outside the quotation marks, unless they are part of the material being quoted.|
|3||Colon:||The colon and the semicolon can both be used to connect two independent clauses.When the second clause expands on or explains the first, use a colon.|
|4||Semicolon;||When the clauses are merely related, but the second does not follow from the first, use a semicolon.|
|5||(Parentheses)||When a parenthetical element is included at the end of a larger sentence, the terminal punctuation for the larger sentence goes outside the closing parenthesis. When a parenthetical sentence exists on its own, the terminal punctuation goes inside the closing parenthesis.|
|6||Hyphen-||When two or more words collectively serve as an adjective before the word they are modifying, those words should normally be hyphenated. The major exception is when the first such word is an adverb ending in -ly.|
|7||Comma,||Use commas to indicate nonessential information. Correct: The Actor Ajith seldom gives interviews. Incorrect: The Actor, Ajith, seldom gives interviews.|
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