English punctuation -- just like the punctuation of any language -- makes the written word understandable when it is
To say it differently, punctuation places into the written word that which takes place naturally when we
For example, when we speak we get
excited, we pause, we shout, we whisper, we raise our voices, and we lower them. These naturally occurring
tendencies in our speech patterns are indicated through the use of various punctuation
In a sense, English punctuation
simply puts into writing that which we do as we speak.
For many learners of English
punctuation, there is little, if any, direct correspondence between the way we speak and the way we punctuate
Some English punctuation is easier
to learn than others...
Example: Watch out! That bus almost hit you!
Exclamation points, for
instance, are not that difficult to learn and use. What about underlines or semicolons or even question
marks? Did you know that there are three different intonation
patterns used in questions? (voice rise, voice fall and voice level)
Some English punctuation ‘rules’ are
more a matter of style than grammar; however, many rules do exist and it's a good idea to learn them as they
will help you prevent a lot of little and unnecessary mistakes.
For more information about English punctuation you can use the previous link or check out
the various punctuation items from the MENU at the left of