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Topic: I, want: to learn; to write (better)
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Dec 20, 2008 03:26PM)
So, words rarely fail me (Laws of averages and all that), but writing is a thorn in my side.

Is there a useful resource where one can learn the proper use of all those wierd thing like :;'[]{}? Not the "?" 'cause I got that, it was a punctuation thing.

I use the "," so often the key is broken. I think I am using it wrong, I use the ";" once in a while but don't know if it's right.

No one will ever mock my punctuation usage so I never learn...
Message: Posted by: Jimeh (Dec 20, 2008 03:55PM)
Short and sweet:

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-English-Punctuation-Correctly

cheers!
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 20, 2008 03:58PM)
Wonderful post. On behalf of all Grammar Hosts I salute you!
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Dec 20, 2008 03:59PM)
That is good. Thanks, I will put it on my favorites.
Message: Posted by: muse (Dec 20, 2008 04:40PM)
To be a magic nerd AND a grammar nerd is to be doubly blessed.

(Hey, I was being serious!)
Message: Posted by: Payne (Dec 21, 2008 09:12PM)
I tend to eschew punctuation as I am from the William S Burroughs school of writing.
Message: Posted by: muse (Dec 22, 2008 02:29AM)
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On 2008-12-21 22:12, Payne wrote:
I tend to eschew punctuation as I am from the William S Burroughs school of writing.
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But the rules run deep...you still capitalizea names and finish a sentence with a full stop!
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Dec 23, 2008 02:44PM)
Look for a small book called "Elements of Style" by Strunk and White.

I'm a writer by trade and passion - everything from technical to op-ed essays to newspaper reporting to a 70,000-word short novel with sequels. I ~still~ have trouble with grammar and punctuation!

Ed
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Dec 23, 2008 02:46PM)
Just use small sentences. You'll rarely be wrong in your punctuation.
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Dec 24, 2008 05:55PM)
Thanks. Gaddy. I will. Take. Your. Advise.
Message: Posted by: Jimeh (Dec 24, 2008 10:21PM)
Ummmm it's getting better... :rolleyes:
Message: Posted by: tom_stamm (Dec 25, 2008 02:44PM)
A great book for English grammar (if you can find it) is "The Transitive Vampire"
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Dec 25, 2008 03:52PM)
Any thoughts on Strunk and White's book?
Message: Posted by: Lord of War (Dec 28, 2008 07:35PM)
I've also heard Elements of Style was good from one of my friends, but haven't had a chance to check it out.