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RE: Punctuation question?

(06 Feb 2013 04:04 PM)lyndawrites Wrote:  Barry - totally agree with you. I often find my US editor has replaced a lot of my commas with semi-colons, though I do use them myself.

On the subject of punctuation in speech, have you ever seen Victor Borge's Phonetic Punctuation? Hilarious Big GrinBig Grin

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Offline Jennie Lee Reading Course notes for Pilates Teacher Training
07 Feb 2013, 12:50 AM | Post: #22

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RE: Punctuation question?

Semi-colons have their place.

To keep the flow and remove clunkiness, I'll use one instead of a full stop when a second sentence qualifies the first. They should never be used in place of a comma.

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07 Feb 2013, 07:35 AM | Post: #23

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RE: Punctuation question?

I agree with BJ/Jennie/Linda et al.

I don't know the theory as well as some, but I know when it 'feels' like it needs a semi-colon. Why restrict yourself by saying you won't use them? It's like saying you'll use full stops but never commas, or you'll never use brackets.

Having said that, writing is an art form with few barriers and room for all approaches, and as such sometimes taking a different route sometimes makes you stand out; Cormac McCarthy doesn't use speech quotes (and very little other punctuation) but he seems to have done okay. Of course, he might have even more readers if his books were a little easier to read.

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07 Feb 2013, 10:16 AM | Post: #24

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All of which rather reminds me of Mark Twain, who had an idiosyncratic approach to punctuation. Any attempt by editors/proofreaders to make corrections produced paroxysms of rage in the author. A number of his furious letters to his publishers have been preserved and can be found on the internet.
He described one proofreader as a 'damned half-developed foetus' and was particularly fond of his own quote:
'In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made proofreaders.'
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RE: Punctuation question?

(05 Feb 2013 07:28 PM)Jonathan Hill Wrote:  To be strict grammatically, I'd punctuate as follows:

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