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So, while you need not worry about punctuation when speaking (unless you’re one of those people who holds up two fingers on each hand when you’re quoting someone), you absolutely need to know punctuation when writing.  . unless, of course, he’s applying for a job flipping burgers. English punctuation marks are divided into several types. The most common ones include: • End marks (periods, question marks, and exclamation points) • Commas • Colons • Semicolons • Quotation marks • Italics (underlining) • Apostrophes • Hyphens • Parentheses • Dashes Although you’re no doubt familiar with each one to some degree, let’s take this time to examine them all in full detail.

I’m convinced our forefathers of the boring blocks of a sentence 23 grammar had a wicked sense of humor). Some examples of phrasal verbs include: do without, put up with, look past, and look over. In a phrasal verb the preposition is called a particle. Note the following example: Serena looked past her earlier defeat and rallied to win the championship. “Looked past” is a phrasal verb with “past” as the particle. The phrase means that Serena was able to ignore her earlier defeat. Notice that the following sentence doesn’t contain a phrasal verb: Serena looked past the net at her opponent.

His wife said no. Now consider this sentence: Although the husband wanted to go to the strip joint, his wife said no. putting all the crap together 31 This sentence contains the dependent clause Although the husband wanted to go to the strip joint, followed by the independent clause his wife said no. By itself, the first clause doesn’t make sense and therefore can’t stand alone. But the second one can. The dependent clause doesn’t express a complete thought even though it contains a subject (the husband) and predicate (wanted to go to the strip joint).

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