Most Common Punctuation Mistakes

TalkShop punctuation tipsWhat would happen without the use of punctuation marks Reading would not be easy. It will be a struggle to read and understand It will waste so much time.

The simple exercise above showed just how organized, clean, and sensible writing can be with the use of punctuation marks. Yet, we come across common errors, with English writing rules already forgotten or never even learned.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO advises, “The professional communication standard can be used for both oral and written English forms. Since punctuation forms an integral part of English, special attention should be given its correct use.” She shares the most common punctuation errors:

1. Use of comma in a series of words or phrases
Use a comma after every item or idea whenever enumerating 3 or more. Even news stories commit this blunder.
Wrong : She ordered pasta, pizza and soda.
Correct : She ordered pasta, pizza, and a soda.

2. Multiple quotation marks
There is no need to use multiple punctuation marks for emphasis. In business letters, the exclamation point is rarely used.

3. Punctuation with quotation marks
Set the comma inside the quotation mark. British standard sets the comma outside the quotation mark.
Wrong : She said, “ The storm toppled the large tree”.
Correct : She said, “The storm toppled the large tree.”

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” -Francis Bacon

TalkShop, the leading ISO-certified, Civil Service-certified corporate training facility adopts international standards of communication training and is affiliated with the US-based International English Education Research Association (IEERA).


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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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