Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Minor punctuation rules, part of Grammar Foundations.
Used much less frequently, but having specific…purposes, are the colon, the exclamation…and question marks, the quotation marks,…the dash and the hyphen, and the parenthesis.…Let's start with the colon.…It always means something follows,…usually a list. Or even when used after…a letter's salutation, it means the letter follows.…Here's an example.…The rule to remember about using…the colon correctly is that it should…not be used after a verb or a preposition.…
The required forms are:…That's incorrect.…No colon should be used after that verb "are."…Give the forms to: Mark, Sami, and June.…That's also incorrect.…No colon after the preposition "to."…In both examples, delete the colon, as shown here.…One exception.…The colon can be used after the verb if…a listed format follows, as in this example.…Next, the exclamation point.…
It's used to show excitement or strong emotion.…You won!…That shows I'm excited for you.…And of course the question mark indicates…that something is being questioned.…Did you submit the forms on time?…
- Why does grammar matter?
- Diagramming sentences
- Understanding pronouns
- Working with adjectives and adverbs
- Making sentences parallel
- Deciding when to use active and passive voice
- Using commas correctly
- Practicing grammar rules
Skill Level Beginner
Business Writing Principleswith Judy Steiner-Williams1h 32m Beginner
1. Overview of Grammar
2. The Parts of Speech
3. Common Problems
Practicing the grammar rules1m 46s
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