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Reminds me of school.

"Hang him not, spare him"

"Hang him, not spare him"

2 very different outcomes.
 
I've had students who wrote sentences exactly like this one. :-)
 
Good one - and as long as we're talking punctuation, in the "corrected" version above, "grandma" should be capitalized because the word is being used as a proper noun (her name).
 
Perfect. I spend all day trying to explain to people why punctuation is so important. I think I'll just send this instead and maybe they'll get the message. Love it!
 
Punctuation is important: the difference between "extra marital sex" and "extra-marital sex" is not to be sneezed at.
 
or as Richard Jeni adjusted the famous A&E slogan from Time, Well Spent to "Time, Well ... Spent!"
 
Who says you can't learn anything online.
 
It all comes down to the difference between helping your uncle, Jack, off a horse & helping your uncle jack ... well, you get the idea. ;)
 
A sign maker magazine we carried, I think it was called "Signs of the Times"; had a Yearly segment called: Worst Public Signs of the Year, and it Was hilarious. The worst I remember was No spaces between the words. Likenospacesbetweenthewords.
Now that was artistic. And somebody sold that sign to someone!

 
Eats shoots and leaves.
Eats, shoots and leaves.

The first one describes a panda and the second one describes a panda with a handgun. Great book, btw.
 
Reminds me of a traffic sign I saw earlier today, one of the programmable electric kind: Watch 4 Construction Vehicles
 
An English professor wrote the words, “Woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.

The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.”

The women wrote: “Woman: Without her, man is nothing.”
 
Godisnowhere. Spacing is also important.
Angie L
 
:-) Love that. Grammar is such a pet peeve of mine so this is perfect.
 
Ha! Reminds me of this story:

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

'Why?' asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

'Well, I'm a panda,' he says, at the door. 'Look it up.'

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. 'Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.'

-From the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves
 
"I am more of a fast/get my point across type person" is a common refrain from people who don't edit what they spew on the intertubes. Well, that's just fine, as long as you don't mind people tuning you out, misinterpreting you, or thinking you're illiterate.
 
In English you only have to deal with bad punctuation, now imagine in Portuguese language. Not only we have to deal with bad puntuaction, but we also deal with bad accentuation!
Consider yourself lucky ;)
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