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‘I’m an apostrophe. I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see.’
--Whatever it takes, Imagine Dragons
Although this lyric is true, it doesn’t show the whole picture of what an apostrophe symbolises. How many times have you sat there and thought ‘does the apostrophe go before or after the s’ or ‘does this word need an apostrophe’?
Well, never fear because this blog post will be able to help you in making that decision (hopefully). See, we could sit here all day and talk about plural and singular nouns, possessives, placenames and all that jazz, but does that still answer your question? Maybe, but let me try and explain it in a simpler manner using the Australian Style manual for authors, editors and printers (Snooks & Co 2002).
Commas might be one of the most frequently used punctuation marks alongside the full-stop. However, is that a good thing? These dynamic little marks on a page indicate a small break in a sentence. So, when used incorrectly, they can be a horror to the flow and coherence of a sentence. Even when used correctly, too many can give a reader anxiety about what is happening, leave them out of breath and cause them to lose interest.
Just like any punctuation mark, it is important that we understand when and how to use them. When we write our stories, essays, business documents or whatever it is we’re writing, we need to make sure our audience can understand it. So, with the comma being as commonly used as it is, we need to make sure we’re using them right! This post will provide some insight into the proper use of commas as per the Australian Style manual for authors, editors and printers (Snooks & Co 2002) as well as some comments from me about them.
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.