An Essay on Punctuation with Incidental Remarks on Composition

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byF. Francillon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842. Excerpt: ... THE GENERAL CONCLUSION. If any one yet clings to the notion that periods, colons, and semi-colons are points, and not members of periods, he is referred to the language of Cicero; "what the Greeks call commas and colons, we call commata commas and membra members.""--Quinctilian distinctly says, "A member is contained within certain measures; torn from the body it' can effect nothing. Oh skilful men, is perfect; but, removed from the body, it has no strength, as a hand, foot, or head by itself: when then is the body period perfect, even when the conclusion is attained?"" Many writers have no other intention in using any points, than to mark certain pauses, and some masters even of authority, have condescended to teach,--" at a comma stop while you can count one,--at a semi-colon two,--at a colon three,--at a period four:"--looking at the imperfection of language, perhaps no better method can be found of teaching infants what pauses are; in the practice of grown up life such rules are of little or no value; the proper length of the several pauses depending upon the nature of the work, and the style of the reader or speaker. In this work, very little notice has been taken of the rules laid down by Grammarians for pointing; this has been done under a conviction, that a knowledge of what a period is,--that a knowledge that colons, semi-colons, and interrogatives, are members of a complex period,--that a knowledge of what is a comma, a parenthesis, or a parathesis,--added to a knowledge of the uses of the note of interjection and the dash, will enable a writer, consistently, and correctly, to point his own work. From the opinion of the ancient anonymous author, "if points be well used they make the sentence very light and easy to be understood, both to the read...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842. Excerpt: ... THE GENERAL CONCLUSION. If any one yet clings to the notion that periods, colons, and semi-colons are points, and not members ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217810667

ISBN - 13:9780217810661

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