Posted On November 5th, 2012 | Essay Writing
Define Punctuation and Its Functions
If you think that punctuation is one of the circles of Grammar Hell, this article is here to save you from it. So, let’s start with a simple and helpful punctuation definition.
Punctuation is the use of small signs and marks in the middle and at the end of sentences.
Here they are, your old good friends (or enemies), the punctuation signs and marks: , ; : . ? ! () “”  – – …
If you think that punctuation has been invented to puzzle and torture poor students, you may want to learn now the true functions of punctuation:
- to show where one sentence ends and a new one starts;
- to separate different parts in the sentence;
- to prevent misreading (E.g. Compare: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.” and
“A woman: without her, man is nothing.” Or: “Let’s eat grandma!” and “Let’s eat, grandma!” In the latter case, proper punctuation might actually save a life…)