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Monday, October 29, 2007

Six Common Punctuation Errors that Bedevil Bloggers | Copyblogger

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Six Common Punctuation Errors that Bedevil Bloggers | Copyblogger: "This is the first guest post from Daniel Scocco. Proofreading your text for misspelled words and grammatical mistakes is essential. What about the punctuation, though? Despite being more subtle, these errors can equally hurt your credibility. I’m going to point out six common punctuation errors that you shouldn’t be making, and give you examples so you’re sure about the right way to handle these situations. Ready? Let’s go. 1. Apostrophe for Plurals This mistake is particularly common among foreigners that are learning English as a second language. After all, you would expect native English speaks to know how to form plurals (right?). The apostrophe is used to form contractions (e.g., It’s time to go) and to indicate possession (e.g., Mary’s car is blue), but never to form plurals. Wrong: The boy’s will go to the school tomorrow. Right: The boys will go to the school tomorrow. 2. The Comma Splice When the comma is used to separate independent clauses, there must be a conjuction connecting them. If the conjunction is not there, we have a comma splice. You can fix this mistake by using a period instead of the comma, or by adding a coordinating conjunction. Wrong: The car costs $10000, I am going to"

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