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Punctuation changes everything
« on: January 13, 2011, 08:42:54 AM »
With every sub people struggle for correct grammar and usage make their ideas look as professional as possible. However it is the punctuation that truly hold the power to change a submission all depending on its location.

Both letters below are grammatically correct...


Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy

--will you let me be yours?

Jane


Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,

Jane
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Re: Punctuation changes everything
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2011, 08:55:11 AM »
That is bloody brilliant.  Thanks for the laugh!

Here's a puzzler for the rest of us.  Punctuate the following sentence so that it makes sense:

That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is

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Re: Punctuation changes everything
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2011, 08:57:13 AM »
Anytime.  :wink:
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Re: Punctuation changes everything
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2011, 11:36:04 AM »
That is awesome.

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Re: Punctuation changes everything
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2011, 01:07:56 AM »
There are a few other examples of why punctuation matters floating around, I can recall 2 of them:

"Let's eat, Grandma!" VS "Let's eat Grandma!"

and a slightly more disturbing one emphasizing punctuation.

"Go help your Uncle Jack off his horse." VS ... Well... Ew.

EDIT:

How could I forget the most infamous one:

"The panda eats shoots and leaves" VS "The panda eats, shoots, and leaves"
« Last Edit: April 05, 2011, 01:17:06 AM by Pieh »
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Re: Punctuation changes everything
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2011, 01:43:21 AM »
"Go help your Uncle Jack off his horse." VS ... Well... Ew.

That one seems to emphasize proper punctuation more than proper comma-ization...
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Re: Punctuation changes everything
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2011, 03:10:31 AM »
and a slightly more disturbing one emphasizing punctuation.

"Go help your Uncle Jack off his horse." VS ... Well... Ew.

I did write that is emphasized punctuation, as you noted it did (but really doesn't), but what I meant to say was capitalization. If you didn't capitalize the proper noun Jack, then you would get something far worse.

I would add that "comma-ization" is included in punctuation.
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