Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Punctuation Saves Lives, the #NationalPunctuationDay

Planning to take the IELTS or the TOEFL anytime soon? Train yourself or with a respective IELTS or TOEFL review center, and start by spotting the punctuation errors in your written works!

Remember Jeff Rubin? He’s the founder of the National Punctuation Day and the humorous but extremely serious idea behind raising awareness for the value of correct punctuation. Since 2004, every 24th of September, the odd celebration of promoting correct punctuation occurs in the United States of America.

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However, the USA is not the only country susceptible to this mania. Each year on September 24, every country participates in raising awareness on the subject by posting punctuation errors spotted in everyday life.

Some of the most humorous examples are as follows:

Punctuation saves lives:

Let’s eat grandpa.
Let’s eat, grandpa.

A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.

From Tails magazine: Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.

Without the Oxford comma:

We invited the dancers, JFK and Stalin.

With the Oxford comma:

We invited the dancers, JFK, and Stalin.

These are just a few examples of how punctuation can save lives…and a few laughs.

On a more serious note, if you’re planning to take the IELTS or the TOEFL, remember that it won’t hurt to brush up on your punctuation usage in order to pass the test. If you’re encountering any difficulties by studying on your own, seek the help of an IELTS review center or a TOEFL review center.

Remember, you’re taking the IELTS or the TOEFL in order to qualify for a particular position, employment, school, or setting. Using incorrect punctuation will affect your score negatively on the written part of the exam.

In this case, practice definitely makes perfect. Start by polishing your knowledge of the different punctuations and their usage. From there, take practice exams on your own or with IELTS or TOEFL review centers – online or offline.

An IELTS review center or a TOEFL review center will have a curriculum or lesson plan that will fit your learning level. With this, you can be confident that you’ll learn both the basics – if you need them – and the advanced. If, in the end, you find that you are not at all confident with your usage of certain punctuations – such as the semicolon, em dash, Oxford commas – limit their usage or try structuring your sentences differently.

Rest assured whatever it is you’re struggling with, review centers or simple online guides can help you improve your use of different punctuations. Start by focusing what you’re weak on and proactively working on them.  

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