6 Punctuation Mistakes That Fly Under the Radar


Punctuation errors are often pretty glaring. A missing period at the end of a sentence, an extra period in the middle of a sentence or a comma placed outside of quotation marks leaps right out at editors and avid readers.

But other punctuation errors aren’t as easy to spot. Here are six that you may not be catching:

Hyphen instead of an em dash

Hyphen instead of an en dash

Parentheses instead of brackets inside a quotation

Ellipses for effect inside a quotation

A question mark with “Guess what”

No comma to set off a direct address

If you think you could commit any of these minor but meaningful punctuation flubs, here's a full explanation of how to avoid them.


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