See how meanings change when a punctuation mark is used wrongly.
(1) I am sorry you can’t come with us.
(2) I am sorry. You can’t come with us.
Commas with interrupting phrases:
(1) The Democrats say the Republicans will lose the election.
(2) The Democrats, say the Republicans, will lose the election.
Commas with direct address:
(1) Call me fool if you wish.
(2) Call me, fool, if you wish.
Commas with compound clauses:
(1) Do not break your bread or roll in your soup.
(2) Do not break your bread, or roll in your soup.
(1) This book is dedicated to my roommates, Oprah Winfrey, and God.
(2) This book is dedicated to my roommates, Oprah Winfrey and God.
Colons & commas:
(1) A woman without her man is nothing.
(2) A woman: without her, man is nothing.
Quotation marks & commas:
(1) “The criminal,” says the judge, “should be hanged.”
(2) The criminal says, “The judge should be hanged.”
Hyphens with compound words:
(1) I saw a man eating shark.
(2) I saw a man-eating shark.
Apostrophes with contractions:
(1) A clever dog knows its master.
(2) A clever dog knows it’s master.
Reproduced for Educational Purposes.