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11) Word punctuation

Word punctuation Another category of punctuation can be described as ‘word punctuation’. Let’s take a look at this broad group of punctuation techniques next. 1) The Hyphen The hyphen is used to combine words into a new compound idea. Words

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10) The ellipsis

The ellipsis If we want to leave out part of a quote, or show a hesitation or thought left unfinished, we use an ellipsis, which is signified by 3 full stops in a row. Let’s look at these two reasons:

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9) Inverted commas

Inverted commas Inverted commas, otherwise known as quotation marks, speech marks or quotes, are used for direct quotations as well as to signify other words like slang and technical terms. Let’s look at some of the main uses: 1) When

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8) Brackets

Brackets 1) Rounded brackets Rounded brackets are used to set off parenthetical elements that are more far removed from the meaning, or direction, of the rest of the sentence than commas or dashes are. A lot of the instances of

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7) The dash

The dash In a simple sense, the dash is like a stronger version of the comma, providing a more powerful break in the writing than it’s weaker comma sibling. Dashes can replace commas, semi-colons and colons, making them quite versatile.

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6) The colon

The colon The colon is used as a mark of anticipation to show that various forms such as lists, words to be emphasised, analogous statements and quotes are about to follow. It both introduces these various aspects to us, and

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5) Semi-colons

The semi-colon The semi-colon is somewhere in between the full stop and the comma; it separates more than the comma but not as much as the full stop. Let’s look at the different places it is usually used to get

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4) Commas

The Comma The comma is used to separate many different parts of a sentence. There are a wide range of examples where they can be used, which we will explore next, looking at some common errors along the way. 1)

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3) Internal punctuation marks front page

Internal punctuation marks Internal punctuation marks are focused on guiding the reader through the flow of the sentence. Click on a link below if you want to skip to a particular section: 4) Commas 5) Semi-colons 6) The Colon 7)

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2) End punctuation marks

End punctuation marks End marks generally signify that a sentence has come to an end, but they can be used in other specific circumstances, as we will see. The end marks we will explore are full stops, exclamation marks and

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