Perfect Punctuation

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Perfect Punctuation

<p>Good writers and editors have zero tolerance for the ‘comma splice’, the ‘run-on sentence’ and the 'greengrocer’s apostrophe'. When would a semi-colon be better than a full stop? Should we use a

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Good writers and editors have zero tolerance for the ‘comma splice’, the ‘run-on sentence’ and the 'greengrocer’s apostrophe'. When would a semi-colon be better than a full stop? Should we use a question mark after every question? When is a colon – not a dash – correct? What about ‘quotemarks’ (and parentheses/solidi)? An elliptical statement ...? Come and learn easy ways to solve common punctuation problems, complete three exercises and make the meaning clear on the first read!


Please bring a blue, red and green pen; a pencil; an eraser; and ruled paper.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Welcome and introductions. Making ‘peace’ or ‘war’ with the reader. The standard marks used in hard-copy editing.
  • Subject, verb/s and predicate
  • A summary of the punctuation marks, and a summary of the common problems and solutions
  • The full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, comma and semi-colon
  • The colon and the dash. Exercise 1: ‘Hyphens, Ens and Ems: What Do They Look Like?’ Parentheses, brackets and braces; the ellipsis; quotation marks; and the apostrophe
  • The hyphen; the solidus; and bulleted, numbered and lettered lists
  • Exercise 2: Punctuation questions 1 to 25
  • Exercise 3: Twenty More General-revision Questions
  • Revision and Q&A


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to do as follows:

  1. Identify the subject, verb/s and predicate in any clause or sentence.
  2. Identify and correct most of the common punctuation problems that professional writers and editors encounter.
  3. Define the roles of the en dash, the em dash and the hyphen.
  4. Decide how best to set up a bulleted list.