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Punctuation: A short guide

academic skills guide to punctuation

Introduction

Punctuation helps your reader. It ensures that your sentences flow and your ideas are clear. Without effective punctuation, your reader may stumble and be distracted from your arguments. 

Punctuation is a huge area and this short guide can only touch the surface. One of the best ways to improve your skills is by reading widely and paying attention to the way punctuation is used in published writing such as books, journals articles and broadsheet newspapers. 

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