Sentence Structure

Video Transcript

Slide 1

Tutor: The next thing that you have to check is the punctuation in your paper.

Student: Oh, you mean all the commas and periods and semicolons?

Yes, exactly.

Slide 2

Student: Does the punctuation really matter all that much?

Tutor: Well yes, it does. When the punctuation is correct, your writing is easier to understand. Also, incorrect punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence.

Student: Oh, really?

Tutor: Yes. There is a very simple example that people use as a joke:

“Let’s eat, Harry.” is not the same as “Let’s eat Harry.”

Student: That’s funny!

Tutor: Yes, that’s a funny example, but in other cases, the wrong punctuation can lead to confusion.

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