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Punctuation

This vidcast provides a quick overview of several common elements of punctuation, including commas and semi-colons. Punctuation is not just a matter of correctness; it also contributes to meaning by helping readers understand how pieces of information within a sentence relate to one another. The accompanying handouts discuss in further detail how punctuation contributes to meaning and emphasis in sentences and share strategies for taming comma usage. 

Handouts 

The Meaning of Punctuation 

Proper punctuation plays an important role in well-constructed sentences, be it a dash to add emphasis to an idea or a semi-colon to signal the closeness of two independent thoughts. This handout explains the purpose and use of the semi-colon, colon, dash, and hyphen, as well as offers suggestions to practice proper punctuation. 

Taming Commas 

The comma is a common punctuation mark that occupies an important place in well constructed sentences. This handout outlines the proper use of commas and explains the role of the commas in connection such things as coordinating conjunctions, independent and dependent clauses.