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Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Importance of Correct Punctuation

I know I have been boring you with posts about English but I can’t resist them!
(I studied English Literature:))

Now take a look at these two texts and see how changing the position of the comas and full stops can change the whole meaning:

Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy--will you let me be yours?
Gloria

Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?
Yours,
Gloria

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Gloria better take a few punctuation lessons from professor Dina before writing me any letters!!

Good post.

hehe, funny how it turned.
But you know, it's full of errors and holes and not perfctely understandable.

U reminded me of our nasty multiple choices exams especilly the composition one!remember?!

Great post!
I, like you, absolutely get pissed off by bad punctation and spelling. And smileys... And cliches... And exclaimation marks... And various other things that make me feel like SCREAMING!

Well, usually I punctuate well. But often, in posts and comments, I forget to. Fortunately, I blog about useless, I mean general, things.

Now how about this bit of punctuation I did here..don't tell me it wasn't A

clever! hehehe

Omar: She better do so ;)

Baher: Which part didn't you understand?

Ghalia: Yeah I sure remember it! I know this will sound really geeky but I actually enjoyed that test!

Roba: Glad you liked it. This things drive me crazy too.

Steliano: That was perfectly punctuated Steliano :) And you don't write about useless things! At least that's my opinion :)

Aleppian: Thank you :)

Dina wellcome to the world of my self-bashing techniques. I keep saying bad things about my blog and winning your nice sympathy.

No, that was a joke. But I meant I wrote about general things. So they are unseless in that they are nobodies business, you see. :)

Anyways I'm sleepless tonight, 3 in the morning now. I am really enjoying your crazy english series.

Steliano: I like your blog anyway :) But shouldn't you be in bed? :P Stay tuned for more English lessons in the future.

I better concentrate on punctuation next time I receive a letter :)

Damascene: yeah you don't want to get misunderstood like Gloria :P

I read Eats, Shoots & Leaves too. That text was the best thing about that book. The worst thing was the many punctuation errors. Ah well, rocks and glass houses.

Ruebarbe: Thanks for dropping by :)

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