The following is a brief summary of the main punctuation marks and their functions.
Indeed, a recent report on writing standards of UK students showed that many had a poor vocabulary, used phrasing and punctuation inconsistently, and were generally unable to form well constructed sentences, let alone structure an argument.
In ‘Structuring written work’, we described how a good essay will develop an argument, which means ‘planning in some considerable detail how the essay will flow from one idea to the next; how different theories and arguments from different authors will be introduced; what conclusions will be reached; and how they will be supported by relevant evidence, or deductive reasoning’.
Words can be divided into different classes according to their functions in the sentence. Punctuation indicates the rhythm of speech – the pauses and their significance.
Its correct use will add a lot to your ability to write clearly.
Here is how the above paragraph does this: Observation can be used as both a quantitative and a qualitative research methodology.
EXAMPLE: In the case described in this study, observation was mainly used qualitatively as the research was highly exploratory in nature.
However, we might want to add information, for example, that the dog was hungry because he had not been fed for three days, or that after eating he went for a walk. You can spot them because they have more than one verb.
Complex and compound sentences are both sentences with more than one idea or set of information.
whether you prefer a structure based on theme, or an alphabetical one, or whether you respond to information presented visually.
Learning to write grammatically and use punctuation correctly may help you express yourself clearly and accurately, but it is not the sum total of good English.