The comma rules you should know

On the one hand, the comma is apparently the most popular punctuation mark in English; on the other hand, it is often misused. These are the uses of the comma you should know: v To separates items. Examples: 1. He bought shirts, jackets, trousers, socks, and shoes.2. The names on the list were: Olusola Adeboye, Leon James, Uchechi Anazodo, Usman Rabiu, Polinosky Sanzer and Emily Kuzalu. See explanation on comma before ‘and’.  v Used in larger units to separate phrases, clauses and sentences. Examples: 1.     The boy, according to the report, was about nine…

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Punctuation: why bother about it?

Show me a discourse without punctuation and I’ll show you what ‘meaningless’ means. In speech and writing, punctuation is an integral part—it cannot be left out, neglected or avoided. Punctuation is the use of spacing, conventional writing styles and symbols to construct meaningful language structures for clarity. Look at these examples: 1. i. A woman: without her, man is nothing. ii. A woman, without her man, is nothing. 2. i. When do we eat dad? ii. When do we eat, dad? 3. i. He eats, shoots and leaves. ii. He…

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