I hear you, Dix! I'm a regular contributor to the BBC's Learning English messageboard, and every now and then we have Asian learners post messages with minimal, if any, punctuation.Dixie wrote:I just can't stand reading a text with no punctuation marks. ... I can't understand the fact that people don't use them ... . The same happens with spelling...
Mandy wrote:Punctuation isn't a waste of time. It's important to make the sense of a piece of writing clear. Even while speaking, we pause at certain points for the sake of clarity, right? We're using punctuation marks in written English for the same purpose.
Many years ago when I was still in school, I was also not always aware of the importance of punctuation. But as I grew older and had to communicate more frequently in foreign languages, I changed my mind.
You will find many examples to illustrate the importance of punctuation on the web. Here is one:
Look at this sentence:
Woman without her man means nothing at all.
Girls, do you agree? Most likely not.
Now let's punctuate the sentence and read it again:
Woman: without her, man means nothing at all.
Did you notice the influence of punctuation on the meaning?
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