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Part IX: Punctuation and mechanics > Unit summary: Punctuation and mechanics

Chapter 35. Unit summary: Punctuation and mechanics

Topic A In this topic, you learned how to punctuate clauses in sentences by using commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes.
Topic B You learned to differentiate between parentheses and brackets for setting off phrases in a sentence. Brackets are used for only quoted material. You identified the two reasons for using apostrophes: to show possession and to form contractions. You also learned how to use hyphens.
Topic C In this topic, you examined when to use quotation marks and ellipses and how to add punctuation around them. You also discussed the use of italics to emphasize words or to distinguish them as titles of books, plays, and poems. Finally, you identified when words that indicate numbers, monetary amounts, and dates and times need to be spelled out.
Topic D You examined the general capitalization rules and the rules for capitalizing proper nouns and titles.



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