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Introduction to Punctuations

Imagine yourself driving a racing car. What do you do in a car race? You drive as fast as you can, and try to beat your opponents to the finish line. If the racing track is an absolutely straight path, then there would not be much of a problem. But what if the racing track is full of twists and turns? Do you think that only driving fast will do? No. You will have to learn the art of guiding your car through the twists and turns without crashing.

Now imagine that your car is the fastest. However, its brakes are faulty and the steering wheel doesn’t do what its name suggests−−‘steer’. Do you think you will be able to finish on the ‘podium’? Forget winning the race, will you be able to complete the race with your bones and senses intact? The answer seems easy enough—‘no’.

Consider the following statement:

He is dumb.

This seems easy enough in that it makes its meaning clear. What if this statement is part of a larger group of statements?

What was the difference between the two versions? The difference was the presence of certain marks or signs in the latter and the absence of the same from the former. These mar...

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