Chapter 3

Punctuation and Mechanics

In this age of email and instant messages, punctuation has suffered. That’s unfortunate, because punctuation matters! It tells the reader where to stop and start, as well as how words and phrases relate to one another.

This chapter covers the basic rules of punctuation as well as an area called mechanics, which governs the proper use of parentheses, quotation marks, capital letters, apostrophes, and hyphens.