Grammar and Punctuation

Writing is constructed by putting sentences in sequence, one after another and, if a single sentence is read aloud, it should be understandable.

Meaning should flow from one sentence to the next, carrying the argument or point of view forward in a clear and concise manner.  If you do not use correct grammar and punctuation, or your sentences are too long and complex, what you are trying to say will become unclear and the reader will be unable to follow the text because the flow of meaning is interrupted.

Inconsistencies of grammar and mistakes in grammar blur the meaning of written work and cause confusion in the mind of the reader.  They slow the reader down and distract him or her from the meaning of the sentences and the key messages contained.

Punctuation is the system of signs or symbols given to a reader to show how a sentence is constructed and how it should be read.  Sentences are the building blocks used to construct written accounts.  They are complete statements. 

Punctuation shows how the sentence should be read and makes the meaning clear.  Every sentence should include at least a capital letter at the start, and a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark at the end. 


Click here to access the government information about Punctuation and Grammar: English - Appendix 2: Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

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