ListsA list can be composed of adjectives, nouns, verbs… anything, really.Lists4 hours ago in Writing More Like This
The average list has commas separating each item (see next paragraph for more detail) and a conjunction before the last item: ‘I like chocolate, apricots and leeks’). A syndetic list uses a conjunction after each item of the list: ‘I like chocolate and apricots and leeks’. An asyndetic list doesn’t use any conjunctions and is most common for lists of adjectives (e.g. ‘her blue, round eyes’): ‘I like chocolate, apricots, leeks’.
Commas in Lists
In regards to the last item in the average list, people have two methods due to preference (the ‘Oxford Comma’) when these two methods have very different meanings. They will either not include a comma (‘chocolate, apricots and leeks’) or they will include the comma (‘chocolate, apricots, and leeks). To include or not to include a comma here changes the meaning o
Bookend Punctuation: Speech, Quotation and BracketBasicsBookend Punctuation: Speech, Quotation and Bracket4 hours ago in Writing More Like This
As these three marks relate to other punctuation marks in a specific manner, I wanted a word to group them together. I think ‘bookend’ does that quite well.
If a bookend is opened, the end of the words that are being bookended needs to be closed with another bookend. That is, the bookend punctuation always comes in pairs, only to be separated by words.
If brackets or quotation marks are used in the middle of a sentence, then commas and full-stops should not be used before the closing bookend (speech marks are even more unique), though if a comma is required then it goes after the closing bookend. If any of the bookends are expressing an exclamation or a question, then this does not end the sentence like those two marks usually would (see ‘Speech Marks’ for more detail).
Daisy was eating chocolate. (She loved chocolate.)
Daisy went to the zoo with Rob (her boyfriend).
A full-stop is only