Punctuation at Work: Simple Principles for Achieving Clarity and Good Style

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Contents
Introduction1
Author's Note9
Definitions11
What You Need to Know First: 19 Principles21
1.Punctuation can't rescue sense from nonsense21
2.The main reason to punctuate is to clarify your intent23
3.One of punctuation's tasks is to supply the various signals given by the voice25
4.In workplace writing, a sentence should yield its meaning instantly28
5.Punctuation should be invisible31
6.Punctuation follows the arrangement of words33
7.Punctuation indicates how ideas relate36
8.Punctuation suggests how much emphasis an idea deserves38
9.Punctuation slows the reading41
10.Don't count too much on context to make your meaning plain45
11.Know the difference between restrictive and non-restrictive expressions48
12.Respect the distinction between that and which52
13.When is punctuation optional?58
14.Use the serial comma65
15.When do I separate adjectives with a comma?68
16.Use the hyphen to clarify “improvised usage.”72
17.Sometimes, no matter how you punctuate, a reader is going to think it's wrong78
18.Feed your head79
19.When you see an odd usage, consider the source80

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Author's Note 9
  • Definitions 11
  • What You Need to Know First: 19 Principles 21
  • The Marks 83
  • Appendix: How to List Ideas 175
  • Notes 189
  • Index 197
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