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Shoot & Leaves is a classic book, meant to be in every author's library. It is not a "rule manual" but a delighful English publication that looks at the history of every punctuation mark in a humorous manner. Excerts from this book include: (1) Do you really know how to write in numerals and puncuated correctly "Seven thirty?" See bottom of page for the answer. (2) When it comes to improving the clarity of a sentence, you can nearly always agree that a comma should be inserted; also, you can almost always argee that a comma should be removed. (3) It demonstrates that punctuation is as much of an Art as a Science.
Is this a run-on sentence, a very long one, or a classic example of a perfectly punctuated sentence that demonstrates the correct use of semi colons?
As for the other experiences, the solitary ones, which people go through alone, in their bedrooms, in their offices, walking the fields and the streets of London, he had them; had left home, a mere boy, because of his
mother; she lied; because he came down to tea for the fiftieth time with his hands unwashed; because he could see no future for a poet in Stroud; and so on, making a confident of his little sister, had gone to London, leaving an absurd note behind him, such as great men have written, and the world has read later when the story of his struggles has become famous. Virginia Wolfe, Mrs. Dalloway, 1925 See bottom of the page for the answer.
What is the correct use of the hyphen and the correct use of the dash? May they be used interchangebly? See bottom of the page for the answer.
What is the proper use of italics? See bottom of the page for the answer.