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12.Punctuation

When talking, we insert pauses of different lengths to help the listener interpret what parts of what we are saying are more closely related to each other. Punctuation provides that in writing.

Have you ever read emails that read more like a stream of consciousness than a coherent attempt at communication? They are effectively requiring you to do the work in interpreting what they write. If you want people to read what you write, you have to make it easier for them.

When an orator makes a statement, they pause to let the meaning sink into their audience. That is what a full stop is meant for when writing. It is important to resist making sentences too long, especially if including too much disparate information.

A short pause while talking, especially after expressing a condition, usually starting with 'if' or 'when', allows time for the listener to take in that part of the sentence before continuing.

The comma does that for the written word. In the preceeding paragraph, commas were used to break it up so that each part, with some providing ancillary information, could be understood.

Paragraphs help isolate apsects of a topic, and signal to the reader to expect something different, but still related to the topic. Sections and subsections do that at a higher level.


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