NEEL’S PUNCTUATION GRAMMAR STYLE FILES-1
By Neel Anil Panicker
If a sentence is the basic building block that we employ to construct written accounts, a punctuation is what we use to make our sentences crisp; lend it credibility and ensure that there is absolute clarity in what we think and how that thought is interpreted.
In short, punctuations make our sentences complete.
So what are these punctuations?
Well, they are symbols that add to our overall understanding of the text.
They share a deep bond, a symbiotic relationship with their parent, which is the sentence.
If a sentence is the dress that we wear before stepping out of our homes, the punctuations are the buttons stitched onto them that not only beautify but also lend a modicum of respectability to the sentence.
So, how many of these are in English Grammar?
Well, a total of fourteen.
Yes! a whopping 14 superstar punctuation marks guide the destiny of a sentence and steer it across the choppy seas of badness, crudity, and boorishness and help chart the ship of Standard Written English Grammar towards the shores of goodness, eloquence, correctness, and grace.
They are the following: full stop, question mark, exclamation point, comma, semicolon, colon, dash, hyphen, parentheses, brackets, braces, apostrophe, quotation marks, and eclipses.
We shall look at each one of them minutely.
( NEXT POST: THE COMMA)