Punctuation

Punctuation makes your writing clear and understandable for your readers.  Select the punctuation topic below for more detailed information.  

Abbreviations

Apostrophes

Brackets

Capital Letters

Commas

Colons

Dashes

Ellipses (. . .)

Exclamation Point

Hyphens

Italics & Underlining

Misused/Misspelled Words

Numbers

Parentheses

Quotation Marks

Semi-Colons

Writer's Complex Copyright

The content in Writing Resources originally was created for the Writer's Complex website by Cathy Copley, Larry Greenberg, Elaine Handley, Susan Oaks and contributors. Copyright 1995-96, SUNY Empire State College.

Contributors

Catherine Copley (File Cabinet, The Write Way)

Gary Goss (Language Games, reviewer)

Larry Greenberg (technical design)

Elaine Handley (Research Room, Grammar Workout, Punctuation Points)

Loretta Lussier (technical design assistant)

Lisa Mastrangelo (Essay Writing)

Bob Miner (Style Room)

Susan Oaks (Research Room, Grammar Workout, Punctuation Points, Essay Writing)

Alexandra Pickett (graphic design)

Jim Robinson (Writing Book Reviews)

Matthew Sanders (Essay Writing)

Herb Shapiro (reviewer)

Stephanie Thomas (technical design)

Joe Woods (Style Room)

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  • The Writer's Complex may not be printed, resold or redistributed for compensation without prior written permission from SUNY Empire State College.
  • The Writer's Complex cannot be printed, reused or redistributed if credit is not given to SUNY Empire State College, Catherine Copley, Larry Greenberg, Elaine Handley and Susan Oaks.

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