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A Briefer Practical Rhetoric


A Briefer Practical Rhetoric

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    John Scott Clark
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. Excerpt from book: Section 3CHAPTER IV. PUNCTUATION. Unfobtunately, there exists, even among some educated men, a tendency to place a light estimate on the necessity of careful punctuation. Owing to a failure thoroughly to master the science in early years, many have become so perplexed by a few puzzling cases that they even declare it to be impossible to reduce punctuation to a system of definite rules. Others, partly from inability, and more from a dislike to put forth the mental effort required, prefer to "leave that to the printer:" while still others excuse their inability or carelessness by claiming that the authorities differ so widely that it is useless to try to follow any one of them. A candid examination of the facts does not warrant any one of these conclusions. Only he who has but a superficial knowledge of the subject will claim that accurate punctuation is either impossible or impracticable. That the authorities and the customs of different large publishing- houses are contradictory on certain points is admitted: but these are neither the essential nor the common questions of punctuation. There are certain general principles on which authorities and publishers mainly agree, and adherence to -which is sufficient to insure clearness and finish. It is only beyond these points that individual taste asserts itself. In reference to the importance of punctuation, it is a fact capable of demonstration that business letters, concerning large transactions, are constantly written in which an imperfectly punctuated sentence may have either one of two opposite meanings, and where the absence of textit{any punctuation compels the receiver to act with no light save what maybe thrown upon the letter by his reason and imagination. It is needless to picture the evil results of such omissions. It is also a fact that very many...  
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