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Chapter 2: Punctuation

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    • 2.1: Commas
      One of the punctuation clues to reading you may encounter is the comma. The comma is a punctuation mark that indicates a pause in a sentence or a separation of things in a list. Commas can be used in a variety of ways.
    • 2.2: Semicolons
      The semicolon indicates a break in the flow of a sentence, but functions differently than a period or a comma. When you encounter a semicolon while reading aloud, this represents a good place to pause and take a breath.
    • 2.3: Colons
      Use a colon to introduce lists, quotes, examples, and explanations. You can also use a colon after the greeting in business letters and memos.
    • 2.4: Quotes
      Quotation marks set off a group of words from the rest of the text. Use quotation marks to indicate direct quotations of another person’s words or to indicate a title. Quotation marks always appear in pairs.
    • 2.5: Apostrophes
      An apostrophe is a punctuation mark that is used with a noun to show possession or to indicate where a letter has been left out to form a contraction.
    • 2.6: Parentheses
      Parentheses ( ) are punctuation marks that are always used in pairs and contain material that is secondary to the meaning of a sentence.
    • 2.7: Dashes
      A dash is a punctuation mark used to set off information in a sentence for emphasis.
    • 2.8: Hyphens
      A hyphen looks similar to a dash but is shorter and used in different ways.
    • 2.9: Punctuation- End-of-Chapter Exercises

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