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United States Government Printing Office Style Manual : 8 Punctuation

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Book Id: WPLBN0000024051
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: United States Government Printing Office Style Manual : 8 Punctuation  
Author: Government Printing Office
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Economic & political studies
Collection: Government Library Collection
Subcollection: Government Printing Office
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Publisher: Government Printing Office

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Excerpt: 8.1. Punctuation is used to clarify the meaning of written or printed language. Well-planned word order requires a minimum of punctuation. The trend toward less punctuation calls for skillful phrasing to avoid ambiguity and to ensure exact interpretation. The MANUAL can only offer general rules of text treatment. A rigid design or pattern of punctuation cannot be laid down, except in broad terms. The adopted style, however, must be consistent and based on sentence structure. 8.2. The general principles governing the use of punctuation are: If it does not clarify the text it should be omitted; and, in the choice and placing of punctuation marks, the sole aim should be to bring out more clearly the author’s thought. Punctuation should aid reading and prevent misreading.

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