Style Analysis II: Punctuation and Usage
To be turned in!!!!
Go through about five pages of a paper you have written. Analyze the punctuation and usage. Please turn in the five pages of the paper with markings as needed and answers to the following questions (you may turn in the answers on this sheet).
- Do introductory clauses or phrases have a comma after them? If not, highlight instances where commas should be added and revise the sentences accordingly
- Do you have any commas that are splitting compound subjects, verbs, or objects apart—and shouldn't be? If so, highlight them and revise accordingly.
- Are colons and semicolons used effectively, correctly, or at all? If not, highlight where they are, should or could be, and revise accordingly.
- Are there any em-dashes, e.g.s, i.e.s, quotation marks? Are they punctuated correctly? If not, highlight them and revise accordingly.
- Do you have any comma splices? If so, highlight them and revise accordingly.
- Are there any fragments (sentences that don't contain an independent clause)? If so highlight them revise accordingly.
- Write a statement that tells me what you decided about the appropriateness of your punctuation use, specifically commas, semicolons, and colons.
2. Usage. Consider the usage errors we discussed in class and that Williams discussed in his chapter on usage. Go through your writing and circle usage errors. Then correct them by hand. Also, list below any errors and your corrections (e.g., effects should be affects).