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Chapter 2. Proofreading for Accuracy > Proofreading for Punctuation Errors

Proofreading for Punctuation Errors

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

—Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England (Superstition)

Did your English teacher ever tell you, “Put a comma wherever you would take a breath”? Have you ever not used a semicolon because you weren’t sure where to place it? When you get to the end of a sentence, have you hesitated, wondering whether the period goes inside or outside the closing quotation mark?


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