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Sound Writing

Section 7.4 Punctuation and Capitalization Basics

How to punctuate a sentence and when to capitalize a word are especially challenging decisions to make because of the vast number of rules and exceptions to rules that govern when to capitalization and punctuation, not to mention the fact that there are some rules that are contested (ever heard of an Oxford comma?). In this section, you won’t find every rule concerning capitalization and punctuation, but if you learn the rules here (which are all frequently relevant), you will be prepared to answer the majority of questions that you will have while writing.