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The use of full stop ...

Post by Kangas on Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:25 pm

It might look very simple, but actually the humble full stop can cause a few problems, specially for bilingual people. Rules might vary from one language to another and we always tend to apply our mother tongue's rules when using a second language ... and that might be obviously wrong.

Once again I used Larry Trask's Sussex University website as a reference for this study.

  • The full stop

    The full stop is used to mark the end of a complete sentence that expresses a statement.
    Example: Glendon is not working today.

    NOTE: Sometimes people use a comma to separate two statements. That is incorrect and we should either use a full stop or if we really want to connect the two statements, we should use a suitable connection word and a comma.
    Example: "Greece asked for a second bailout, Portugal is expected to do the same." This sentence is incorrect. To correct it you can either use full stop to separate those complete statements: "Greece asked for a second bailout. Portugal is expected to do the same." Even though the two sentences are perfectly correct you might consider it a bit clumsy, since you are using two short sentences in a row. In this case you could use a suitable connecting word and link them with a comma. "Greece asked for a second bailout, and Portugal is expected to do the same".


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Source: Sussex University


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