Business English at Work Other Punctuation Objectives Use semicolons and colons correctly. Use quotation marks and apostrophes correctly. Differentiate between the uses of hyphens and dashes. Use parentheses and italics (or underlines) correctly. PP 17-1a continued
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Objectives PP 17-1b continued Identify uses for ellipses, brackets, and asterisks. Place adjacent marks of punctuation in correct order. Use capital letters with other punctuation marks correctly.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Independent Clauses PP 17-2 Use a semicolon to separate two closely related independent clauses that are not joined by a coordinating conjunction (and, or, nor, but). Seek constructive criticism of your oral presentations; maintain a good attitude about negative comments.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Conjunctive Adverbs PP 17-3 Use a semicolon to separate independent clauses joined by a conjunctive adverb such as however, nevertheless, therefore, moreover, and furthermore. Place the semicolon before the conjunctive adverb. A comma usually follows a conjunctive adverb of two or more syllables. We use word processing software to design our newsletter; consequently, we no longer use the services of a graphics artist.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Enumerations and Explanations PP 17-4 Use a semicolon before such introductory expressions as for example (e.g.), that is (i.e.), or namely when they introduce enumerations, explanations, or examples that are not essential to the sentence. Place a comma after the expressions. We are changing our Internet sales campaign; for example, we are sending messages to our customers.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Series PP 17-5 Use a semicolon to separate items in a series if any of the items already contain commas. The telephone techniques seminars are in Cleveland, Ohio; Pensacola, Florida; Springfield, Illinois; and Little Rock, Arkansas. We plan on offering PowerPoint workshops on Monday, May 15; Wednesday, May 17; and Wednesday, May 24.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Introduction to Lists PP 17-6a Use a colon to introduce lists after expressions such as the following, as follows, these, and thus. Capitalize the word following the colon when items begin on separate lines in a list. Your choice of copying method depends on the following factors: 1.Number of copies 2.Budget 3.Deadline 4.Print quality
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Introduction to Lists PP 17-6b Capitalize the word after the colon when two or more complete sentences follow the colon. continued Before you send an , ask these questions: Does my subject line describe the message? Have I limited myself to one idea? Do not capitalize the word after the colon when the material (other than an enumerated list) cannot stand alone or when the material explains the first clause. The parts of a letter are as follows: inside address, body, and complimentary close.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Incomplete Introductory Clauses PP 17-7 Do not use a colon after an incomplete introductory clause that introduces a list. The customer service representatives are Humberto Juarez, Sean Kaisi, and Jesse Englert. Use a colon if the items in the list appear on separate lines. The customer service representatives are: Humberto Juarez Sean Kaisi Jesse Englert
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Illustrations and Explanations PP 17-8 Use a colon before expressions such as namely, for example, or that is when these expressions introduce explanations that are essential to the meaning of the sentence. Several technology seminars will be offered next week: for example, smart phones, hand-held and palm PCs, and wireless LANs.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Sentence Interruptions PP 17-9 Do not use a colon before a list if another sentence separates the introductory clause and list. The following letter openings attract readers’ attention. Please let me know if you would like additional information about each opening. Use “you.” Start with a question. Offer words of praise.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Time PP Use a colon between the hour and minutes expressed in figures. Our staff meeting begins at 9:15 a.m.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Salutations PP Use a colon after the salutation in a business letter with mixed punctuation (a colon after the salutation and a comma after the complimentary close.) Dear Ms. Emerson: Do not use a colon with open punctuation (no punctuation after the salutation or complimentary close). Dear Ms. Emerson
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Direct Quotations PP Use quotation marks around a direct quotation. A direct quotation includes the exact words spoken or written by someone. Place periods and commas inside the closing quotation mark. Heather Estrada said, “Read your only when you have the time to respond.” “Give recipients the main idea in the first paragraph of an message,” she said.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Indirect Quotations PP Do not use quotation marks in an indirect quotation. The words whether or that often introduce an indirect quotation. Heather Estrada said that you should read your e- mail only when you have the time to respond.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Separated Quotations PP Use two sets of quotation marks when a quotation is separated by intervening expressions such as he said. Do not capitalize the first word of the second part of the quoted material. “Unlike library-based research,” she said, “the information found at Internet sites may have grammar and punctuation errors.”
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Parts of Published Works PP Use quotation marks around the names of articles in newspapers and magazines. An article entitled “ Etiquette” was in our latest newsletter. Use quotation marks around the titles of chapters in books. The title of Chapter 17 is “Business Communication.”
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Technical or Unusual Expressions PP Use quotation marks around technical or unusual expressions. We found a “bazillion” grammar errors on that Web page. The “downtime” for the intranet exceeded two hours.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Special Effect Words PP Use quotation marks around slang words or special effect words and phrases. We offer “freebies” for ordering from our Web page. Jane needs “hand holding” whenever she learns new software.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Instructions PP Use quotation marks to highlight instructions introduced by the words signed, entitled, marked, labeled, and headed. Capitalize the first letter of the word or phrase. I immediately opened the envelope marked “Confidential.” Use the red file folder labeled “Urgent.”
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Quotation Marks With Other Marks of Punctuation PP 17-19a Place a question mark or exclamation point inside the closing quotation mark when the question mark or exclamation point applies only to the quoted material. The manager asked, “Did you respond to Craig’s message?” “Cool!” exclaimed Kristie when she found out that she did not have to work on Saturday.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Quotation Marks With Other Marks of Punctuation PP 17-19b Place a question mark or exclamation point outside the closing quotation mark when the exclamation point or question mark applies to the entire sentence. Are you positive that she said, “Overnight packages must leave by 3 p.m., not 4 p.m.”? continued
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Quotation Marks With Other Marks of Punctuation PP 17-19c Place semicolons and colons after the closing quotation mark. Alexia explained, “ is not available today because of network maintenance”; however, many of us still tried to send messages. continued
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Contractions PP Use an apostrophe to show the omission of a letter or letters in a contraction.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Possessives PP Use an apostrophe and s (’s) to form the possessive of a singular noun. Jean’s reportmanager’s Use an apostrophe and s (’s) to form the possessive of an irregular plural noun. women’s speecheschildren’s perceptions Use an apostrophe to form the possessive of a regular plural noun that ends in s. employees’ hoursproofreaders’ marks
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Plurals PP Do not use an apostrophe to form the plurals of words from other parts of speech used as nouns unless the word would be easily misread. The pros and cons of sending depend upon the circumstances. His use of numerous so’s during his speech was distracting.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Lowercase Letters and Abbreviations PP Add an apostrophe and s (’s) to form the plurals of lowercase letters and abbreviations with letters. The apostrophe is used so that the resulting plurals are not confused with other words. Crossing t’s and dotting i’sthree letter a’s
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Numbers PP Add an s to form the plurals of numbers expressed in figures. Do not add an apostrophe and s (’s). in the 1950s size 12s several 7s Form 1040s
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Capital Letters and Abbreviations PP Use an apostrophe and s (’s) to form the plurals of the capital letters A, I, M, and U to avoid misunderstandings in meaning. A’s U’s Do not add an apostrophe and s (’s) to form the plurals of other capital letters. four Ns two Js Do not add an apostrophe with abbreviations that end with capital letters. CPAsHMOs PCs M.A.s
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Quotations Within Quoted Material PP Use apostrophes (single quotation marks) around a quotation within a quotation. Place the period inside the closing apostrophe. My supervisor explained, “The newsletter design should have sufficient ‘white space.’”
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Compound Numbers PP Use a hyphen with compound numbers from twenty-one through ninety-nine. Twenty-five applicants applied for the technical writing position. Three hundred thirty-five orders arrived after the long holiday weekend.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Fractions PP Use a hyphen to separate the numerator (top number in a fraction) from the denominator (bottom number) of a fraction written in words. Two-thirds of the report One-quarter of the employees
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Compound Adjectives PP Use a hyphen in a compound adjective (two or more words) that precedes a noun. In most situations, do not hyphenate a compound adjective that follows the noun modified. We hired a well-known expert on business communication to lead the seminar next week. The expert on business communication is well known.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Number and Nouns PP Use a hyphen in an adjective consisting of a number and a noun that precedes the noun modified. one-hour presentation six-year study 15-year phase
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Suspending Hyphens PP When two or more hyphenated adjectives have a common element and this element is shown only with the last term, use a suspending hyphen after each of the incomplete adjectives to show a relationship with the last term. knowledge- and service-oriented positions short- and long-term analysis three- or four-minute wait
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Compound Nouns PP Do not hyphenate well-known compound nouns acting as adjectives. If the compound noun does not appear as one word or as a hyphenated word in a dictionary, assume the word is written as two words. high school graduate real estate agent public relations expert
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Adverbs PP Do not place a hyphen after an adverb ending in ly that is combined with a present or past participle. a quickly written report a richly deserved award a perfectly delivered speech a carefully documented Web page
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Self Prefixes PP Use a hyphen after the word self when it acts as a prefix. self-assured self-taught self-centered self-reliant self-disciplined
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Range of Numbers of Letters PP Use a hyphen to indicate a range of numbers of letters. The hyphen takes the place of the word to minutes April Letters J-L
Business English at Work Other Punctuation One Person With Two Functions PP Use a hyphen to indicate dual functions performed by one person. manager-consultant secretary-treasurer owner-operator director-actor
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Change of Thought/Parenthetical Comment PP Use a dash to indicate a break or a change of thought in a sentence. Using —we have our own internal system—saves us communication time. Use a dash to set off a parenthetical comment or an afterthought from the rest of the sentence. If he insists on a meeting—and I hope that he will not— please let me know.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Repetitions and Reminders/Summary Words PP Use a dash to set off repetitious statements or to emphasize a reminder. The next meeting—Friday, January 6, at 9 a.m.—is mandatory for all employees. Use a dash before the words these, they, any, all, and each when these words are used as subjects to summarize a preceding list. , memos, letters, and reports—these are the most frequently used methods of written communication.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Nonessential Material PP Use parentheses to set off nonessential material that is not intended to be part of the main statement. Do not capitalize the first word of material within the parentheses if the material is a short complete sentence. These new computers (we ordered them two months ago) are for those employees who design Web pages. Capitalize the first word of material within the parentheses if the sentence is lengthy. These new computers are for those employees who design Web pages. (The computers are a Pentium class with 64 Megs of RAM with Windows NT.)
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Lists PP Use parentheses around numbers or letters that identify a list of items in the text copy. These strategies help combat information overload: (1) avoid chasing Web links, (2) learn efficient ways to search online, and (3) restrict your computer time.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Outlines PP Use parentheses for sections of an outline. I. PRESENTING WITH POWERPOINT A. Create a Presentation 1. Select a background layout a. Add a logo (1) Change the Slide Master (a) Insert graphics (b) Insert text (2) Change the default format
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Nonessential References and Directions/Explanations PP Use parentheses to enclose a nonessential reference or set of directions. This article discusses the research on voice mail (Figures 2, 3, and 4). Use parentheses to enclose explanatory words or phrases. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) updates U.S. copyright law for the digital age.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Numbers in Formal Documents PP Use parentheses around figures that follow amounts written in words in legal or formal business documents. According to our lease agreement, the price of the digital copy machine is five thousand five hundred dollars ($5,500).
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Definitions and Word Emphasis PP Use italics to identify words that are being defined or highlighted. His speech contained so many you knows that I became distracted from his message. The term return on assets describes the comparison of net income with assets.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Published Materials PP Use italics to identify complete published works such as titles of books, newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets. Use italics for titles of movies, plays, television and radio series, paintings, and sculptures. The Business Communication Quarterly provides reviews of business communication literature. I found the definition of that computer term in The Washington Post.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Omissions PP 17-46a Use ellipsis marks to indicate omissions in quoted material. Use three spaced periods to designate omissions at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence. Use four spaced periods (or other ending punctuation) at the end of a sentence. Do not use more or fewer periods.
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Omissions PP 17-46a Examples continued Elizabeth claims, “The telephone is... the most important means of communication.” Elizabeth claims, “The telephone is definitely increasing in use and is still the most important means of communication.... In our workshop, we will learn valuable techniques for improving our telephone techniques.”
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Displays PP Use ellipsis marks to highlight specific points. Advertising displays often include ellipsis marks to identify points that the advertisers wish to emphasize. Consider these exciting color printer projects:... Business cards... Gift tags... Custom folders
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Errors PP Insert the word sic in brackets immediately after a misspelled word, grammatical error, or factual error made by the person quoted. Sic means “so” or “thus” and points out that the error was not made by the present writer but was present in the original version. We were amused when we read, “This report has been thoroughly proofread and contains no mispelings [sic].” She wrote in her , “I discovered an excellent grammer [sic] book.”
Business English at Work Other Punctuation Parenthetical Expressions Within Parentheses PP Use brackets to enclose a parenthetical expression within a statement that is already within parentheses. Place the shorter parenthetical expression in brackets, and place the longer parenthetical statement in parentheses. (Read Chapter 13 [writing tips] before attending the workshop.)
Business English at Work Other Punctuation The Asterisk PP The main purpose of the asterisk (*) is to refer the reader to another location for more detailed explanation or reference. Use an asterisk to indicate that a footnote or explanation appears in a table or at the bottom of the page. Place an asterisk after a comma, semicolon, colon, or period. Over 90 percent of the executives surveyed spend more than an hour a day on the telephone.*