02.06 Proper Punctuation Use

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Punctuation Commonly misunderstood

  1. Comma- a symbol used in writing seperate parts
  2. Colon- used to mark a mojor division in a sentence
  3. Semi-colon- used to join two or more ideas in a sentence that are then given equal rank
  4. Apostrophes-symbol used to indicate either possession or the omission of numbers or letters


favorite meme of mine that has circulated social media for several years. And it’s humor helps drive home and emphasize the importance of the proper use of punctuation.

So here are 4 common forms of punctuation that are often misused or misunderstood. The comma, the colon, the semicolon, and the apostrophe. 

Of those for, Comma is the most widely used in the English language and therefore it is the most abused. There are 10 common ways commas can be used. Making lists we put commas between each in the list. We can separate clauses through the use of comms. After certain adverbs like Therefore a comma is used. Parenthetical phrases that are not important to the sentence can use commas after. When using multiple adjectives commas come between. Before starting a quotation a comma is common. Always between cities and states and to sperate names and even numbers.

Colons are less common but can be well utilized to introduce a logical sequence, before a description, before a list and especially to separate numbers.

Semicolons are great for separating items in a series, between closely related independent clauses and when a comma replaces a period in a question they can be used. 

Apostrophes help us shorten words to make contractions. They are a must to show possession and come in handy when you discuss letters or numbers in the plural.

So to review there is 4 main type of punctuation that is commonly misused. The comma being the most common one. Its use is the most diverse but bottom line is that it separates. The colon is like a pause before adding more related information. Whereas a semicolon is for a break and is much stronger than the comma. An apostrophe aids in shortening words and showing ownership.

Thank you for watching and learning with us on the proper use of punctuation. Now go out and be your best self today and happy nursing.