This is not a review of punctuation – how could it be possible to review The practice, action, or system of inserting points or other small marks into texts, in order to aid interpretation; division of text into sentences, clauses, etc., by means of such marks (OED).
Rather it is a review of Punctuation..? a book that explains the functions and correct uses of 21 of the most used punctuation marks.
Punctuation is necessary, useful, and can be more than occasionally confusing, which is why this book is so useful.
Apart from the Interpunct, Pilcrow and Guillemet the history of punctuation marks is not mentioned which cuts down on extraneous information leaving the text to focus on how punctuation marks are used, giving multiple examples (when required) for each.
This is a book that would have been incredibly useful for me in my student days as I was “inordinately fond of the comma” according to a lecturer, which cost me marks in my dissertation.
Punctuation..? focuses on the use of punctuation marks using concise, easy to understand language which can be used with students studying English as a foreign language as well as those for whom English is their first language.
With a word count of 3000 spread over 36 pages, Punctuation..? is concise enough to hold a reader’s attention while containing enough information to be useful and informative.
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