Punctuation - the difference between life and death for Grandma.

Let’s eat Grandma!

Let’s eat, Grandma.

There is no doubt about it. Punctuation saves lives. A comma in the correct place would prevent Grandma from being eaten.

Punctuation also helps us with sentence structure, clarifies meaning and separates different ideas.

Ending a sentence

Full stops end a sentence. So do question and exclamation marks.

Taking a breath

According to Grammarly, the comma was the top punctuation mark most people are grateful for.  Especially Grandmas.

Semicolons muddle people the most. Semicolons - ; - separate clauses that are related to each other but can stand on their own as well.

Colons are used before a list of an explanation.

Connections and breaks – dashes and hyphens

There are two kinds of dashes (-) which is called an endash. This is used to connect numbers or elements in compound nouns. For example, Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) or Olivia Newton–John.

An emdash, the size of the dash is about the size of the letter M, is used to separate clauses indicate a break in thought or sentence structure. For example, against all odds, Pete—the unluckiest man alive—won the lottery.

Hyphens create compound words. For example, he was a well-known photographer. They are also used in prefixes such as cruelty-free eggs.

Punctuation jokes

What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?

A cat has claws at the ends of its paws and a comma is a pause at the end of a clause.

Private. No visitors allowed.
Private? No! Visitors allowed.

An English teacher wrote these words on the whiteboard: "woman without her man is nothing". The teacher then asked the students to punctuate the words correctly.

The men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing."

The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."