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EEL Punc. and Cap. Rules

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1- The first letter...
of a sentence is capitalized.
2- A sentence must have...
the proper 'end mark' such and a period (.), exclamation point(!), or question mark (?)
3- "I", as a word...
is always capitalized.
4- All proper nouns...
(specific names) are capitalized.
5- Most possessive nouns end with ...
either 's if singular, or s' if plural. Possessive pronouns like my, your, theirs, our,... do not use apostrophes.
6- Abbreviations end with...
a period, except for abbreviated state names and abbreviated metrc units of measure.
7- Use commas to separate...
items in a series.
8- Most appositives, ...
an additional name for a noun, are surrounded by commas.
9- Use commas before the...
conjunction in a compund sentence.
10- If two independent clauses joined....
by a conjunction are short and closely related in thought, the comma may be omitted.
11- Use a comma in a complex sentence to
separate the dependent clause from the independent clause.
12- Use quotation marks...
before and after a speaker's exact words.
13- Dashes are used to indicate...
an abrupt break in thought, to set off parentherical information, or before an author's name when it follows a direct quotation.
14- Use hyphens:
a) to link compound adjectives, (b) to express numbers 21-99 in words, (c) to divide words at the end of a line.
15- Use a semicolon (;) to replace..
conjunctions in compound sentences.
16- Use a colon (:)
(a) to introduce a list or a question, (b) between hours/min./sec. in time, (c) between chapter & verse or volume & page numbers in references or footnotes.
17- Use parentheses to...
(a) enclose information not pertinent to thought, (b) to enclose numbered/ lettered items in a sentence, (c) to enclose a reference in a sentence.