I’m a stickler for proper English grammar. I get really annoyed when people justify their horrible grammar with excuses, as though it’s snobby to use subject-verb agreement. It’s not. It’s our language. If you want use English to a professional end, you should have a level of mastery.
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Punctuation Lessons - Grammar Monster
This page discusses many of the less often discussed types of punctuation. It differentiates, for example, between dashes and the two different types of hyphen. It also discusses brackets (but not parentheses) and ellipses…nothing else though.
Can you use a comma, period, semicolon, or colon inside a parenthesis
I generally appreciate the occasional parenthetical if the subtext of that parenthetical indicates an emotion that is perhaps contrary to the line, such as above. Do not use a parenthetical to state the obvious interpretation of the line.
I’m going to slit your throat and watch you bleed to death.
How do I correctly use semi colons…
I just think there are many Americans who are poorly educated and don’t know the grammar basics of our own language. Is there really any decent excuse for this? Maybe this sounds harsh, but I am always shocked when I get a script that doesn’t have subject-verb agreement, or has random punctuation (or worse, NO punctuation at all). The fact that the writer felt it was acceptable to send out a script without having a level of mastery of the basic building blocks of our trade is really terrible.
Colons | Punctuation Rules - Grammar and Punctuation
Conversely, when I get a script that was clearly well proofed and the writer took pains to work on the quality of the prose and grammar, I always notice and would lean toward assuming that the writer is a person who respects the craft, him/herself as a writer, and is detail oriented. These are all bonuses.
Parentheses -- The Punctuation Guide
My writing style uses some rhetorical questions. What is the correct way to punctuate these? I’ve been told a question is a question is a question, but if I use a question mark I notice teens read it as a question with vocal inflection going up on the last word. I want it spoken as a statement even though it is in the form of a question. I used a parenthetical under the character name that states (rhetorical question) then dialogue on the next line, but found teens don’t know what a rhetorical question is. Here is an example:
You won the lottery, didn’t you!