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    In need of punctuation

    Do people keep to the rules for using the comma or doesn't it matter? I am unhappy because I feel I should but I am unable to. When I do I feel restricted and I cannot enjoy using words in the way I want to.Would a comma splice be overlooked these days? It would be nice if that also applied to the rules for the semicolon. Are you allowed to use one just because you want a bigger pause than a comma? I would find that useful (make it easier to convey meaning).

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    Re: In need of punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by scripto View Post
    Do people keep to the rules for using the comma or doesn't it matter? I am unhappy because I feel I should but I am unable to. When I do I feel restricted and I cannot enjoy using words in the way I want to.Would a comma splice be overlooked these days? It would be nice if that also applied to the rules for the semicolon. Are you allowed to use one just because you want a bigger pause than a comma? I would find that useful (make it easier to convey meaning).
    There are specific rules for punctuation marks, although there is some flexibility. In the beginning, I would encourage you to learn and follow the rules.

    A semicolon is not a long comma; it is more like a short period (full stop) in some cases. Here are some sites for you:

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handou..._commacomp.pdf

    http://www.factoryschool.org/handboo...CommaRules.pdf

    gpunc7

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    Re: In need of punctuation

    Comma splices are horrible. But if you want to know when to use a semicolon, one usage is to replace a comma to avoid a comma splice. So that's two birds killed already; let's hope the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds doesn't find out. (Did you notice the semicolon?)

    Actually, thanks for reminding me. I need to finish an article I'm writing about the comma. I'll let you know when I have it online.

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    Re: In need of punctuation

    Oh -- and since you're in Britain, try to borrow or (even better) buy a copy of Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. If you're having problems with punctuation, it'll help point you in the right direction.

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    Re: In need of punctuation

    OK, forgive the triple post, but here we are:

    Comma commotion

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