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Actually, the Comma Goes Here by Lucy Cripps
on March 31, 2020
No one's ever said that learning punctuation is fun--until now. Actually, The Comma Goes Here takes a lighthearted yet highly informative approach to ensuring you never misplace a comma again.
Whether it's semicolons or exclamation points, this primer has you covered with chapters that dive deep into the correct use for each and every piece of punctuation. You'll find plenty of fun (and funny) examples of proper writing while also learning how punctuation has changed throughout history.
Actually, The Comma Goes Here includes:
A complete crash course--Keep things simple with chapters that progress from the most basic punctuation (like periods) to more advanced or uncommon punctuation (like brackets).
Memorable advice--Never mix your clauses up again thanks to easy-to-remember breakdowns, handy mnemonics, and entertaining sample sentences.
Matters of style--Discover a quick reference chart that details the differences between the most common style guides, including the Chicago Manual of Style and Associated Press.
Perfect your punctuation with the help of this comprehensive guidebook.
It has been ages since I looked at the rules of grammar. As a result, I know for a fact my punctuation is atrocious at times. I spotted this easy-read, whimsically-toned book on grammar punctuation and decided it was high time I review the punctuation rules without feeling brow-beaten.
Actually, the Comma Goes Here hit the spot. It nailed that balance between rubber meets road rule and a fun discussion of the history and advances of each punctuation as well as what the typical errors and confusions are. It never felt like a textbook and yet it didn’t leave me confused or hanging out after each chapter’s punctuation point discussion. Oh, and it also clarified some of the non-punctuation symbols that typically get lumped in with punctuation like the ampersand, hash, and accent marks.
Personally, I’ve always found myself getting hung up on semi-colons vs commas as well as dashes vs parentheses so I found the clarifications immensely helpful. Turns out, there were different things about each punctuation point I was mistreating so nothing in the book went to waste.
What I found particularly helpful was the explanation of how the various manuals differ and who is meant to be using specific manuals. Like, if you’re a journalist, you follow Associated Press rules and if you’re a lawyer, The Blue Book. But, if you’re a writer or writing a formal letter, probably the Chicago Manual of Style. She included a handy chart in the back of the book with each rule and which manual did what with it.
So, all in all, this was a no-angst reunion with grammar punctuation that I can recommend to others who just want a fast bone-up or clarification after decades from your last grammar class.
My thanks to Callisto Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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