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Punctuation Mistakes

You have written your admissions essay and believe that your idea and its presentation in the document will make this piece of work one of a kind. Are you sure that you have written exactly what you meant? Read it again and make sure that the punctuation rules are not violated, as a comma or dot in a wrong place can change the meaning of your sentence and make reading very frustrating.

Punctuation mistakes can make your essay very poor, and thus, it is very important to get it right before you give your essay to those who will read and assess it. Common writing mistakes make reading very disappointing!

Very often, students believe that grammar and spelling are essential, while punctuation is more subtle and do not pay enough attention to it. Let us have a look at how punctuation mistakes can hurt the credibility of your essay.

Here are several examples of common writing mistakes:

  • Multiple punctuation signs. Five exclamation marks will add neither emotion nor strength to your statement, as well as three question marks will not give you better answer.
  • Emphasis on a specific word is never done with quotation marks.
  • Missing of commas for introduction elements in the sentence. Every time you introduce a fact with a sentence, you should separate it with a comma.

    For example:

    Before I joined the company I used to study in the university (wrong).

    Before I joined the company, I used to study in the university (right).
  • Common mistake in punctuation is to use comma to connect sentences without conjunction. In order to connect two sentences with comma, you must have a conjunction word.

    For example:

    Let me know when you finish, I will start cooking the dinner (wrong).

    Let me know when you finish. I will start cooking the dinner (right).

    Let me know when you finish, and I will start cooking the dinner (right).

Punctuation is essential for being able to pass the meaning and idea of the author. It helps to avoid duplication and confusion in the logical thinking. By using wrong punctuation marks and falling on the path of common writing mistakes, you can significantly hurt credibility and value of your essay.

To improve your skills, view our Writing tips section.

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