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Composition Rules

Applied Composition Act Grammar Rules

Semicolon Use a semicolon to connect independent clauses when the independent clauses are not connected by a conjunction
Comma (expressions) Use a comma to set off parenthetical expressions
Comma (phrase) Use a comma to set off introductory clauses or phrases
Apostrophe (singular) Use an apostrophe and the letter "s" after a singular noun to form the possessive unless the "'s" makes pronunciation too cumbersome
Comma (conjunction) Use a comma before a conjunction that begins a clause
Exclamation Point Use an exclamation point after a short interjection or command
Comma (list) Use a comma to separate items in a list
Parenthesis Use parenthesis to set of an explanation or defintition
Colon Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list or illustration
Apostrophe (plural) Use an apostrophe after a regular plural possessive noun to form the possessive
Question Mark Use a question mark after a direct question
Apostrophe (pronouns) Use an apostrophe to form the possessive of indefinite pronouns but not personal pronouns
Apostrophe (contraction) Apostrophe indicates a missing letter or letters in a contraction
Quotation Marks (double) Place double quotation marks around direct quotations
Quotation Marks (single) Place single quotation marks around quotations within quotations
Quotation Marks (period & comma) Place periods and commas following a quotation inside the quotation marks
Quotation Marks (semicolon & colon) Place semicolons and colons outside quotation marks
Quotation Marks (question & exclamation) Place question marks and exclamation points inside quotation marks if they belong to the quotation
Created by: J'aime_Francais



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