How to Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills

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Write and Rewrite:
Punctuating and Revising

Learning Objectives
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
Explain the uses of the three end marks of punctuation.
List and illustrate the most common uses of the comma, semicolon, colon, apostrophe, and dash.
Cite two basic rules for the use of quotations.
List key questions to be considered during revision.

PUNCTUATION

Most adults have not bothered reviewing the rules of punctuation since their school days. Though understandable, that's too bad because punctuation is an important tool for good writing. Even a well-constructed piece of writing may be misunderstood if it is not punctuated correctly, and a punctuation mark can change the meaning of a sentence, as in the following pairs:

She is a pretty powerful woman. (She's quite powerful.)

She is a pretty, powerful woman. (She's both pretty and powerful.)

Max, the best investment advisor in town is on vacation. (The information is
addressed to Max.)

Max, the best investment advisor in town, is on vacation. (Max is the advisor.)

Punctuation is a system of signs that writers use to make the meaning of sentences clear to readers. In this chapter, you will review the rules governing the punctuation marks used most often in business writing: end marks, commas, semicolons, colons, dashes, and apostrophes. You'll also learn how

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • About This Course xi
  • How to Take This Course xiii
  • Pre-Test xv
  • 1: Writng for Your Reader 1
  • 2: Getting Organized 19
  • 3: Types of Business Writing 39
  • 4: Effective Writing 57
  • 5: The Right Word: Appropriate Language 75
  • 6: Language That Works 91
  • 7: Direct and Forceful Writing 105
  • 8: Write and Rewrite: Punctuating and Revising 121
  • 9: Research: Fact-Finding Missions 137
  • 10: Plugging In: Computers and Business Communication 155
  • Bibliography 169
  • Post-Test 171
  • Index 177
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