Punctuation for Now

Punctuation for Now

by J. McDermott


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Punctuation for Now by J. McDermott

It's or Its? Full stop inside or outside the inverted commas? What's the difference between a semi-colon and a colon? Cooperate or co-operate? Punctuation For Now describes in a witty but authoritative way how our present system of punctuation has grown out of the history of our language. It also indicates the conventions that govern the best punctuation in the English of today. The rules are set out clearly, and reinforced by abundant examples from the work of such authors as Kingsley Amis and Evelyn Waugh. Anyone with an examination to pass, or with a child who is learning to use English, or who writes it for a living, will find Punctuation For Now an invaluable guide and friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333510681
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 07/09/1990
Edition description: 1990
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 7.48(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Frontispiece - Preface - Points to Note - All the Stops and Pretty Whiles - Dashes, Dots and Flying Commas - Writer/Printer/Reader - Punctuation as an Art - Historical Instances - Notes - Further Reading - Index of Quoted Examples - Index

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