The Submission Stage
Writing Better Essays - A Simple Rhetorical Guide to Process, Structure, and Coherence (second edition) - David L. Rogers
David L. Rogers [+]
Kingston University, London
Chapter 5 offers students practical if unconventional advice about punctuation. Based on the premise that the majority of mistakes that students make result from their lack of knowledge of the rules of punctuation and that most essay writing courses do not have the time to teach those rules effectively, the central advice of the chapter is for students to avoid using any forms of punctuation, principally commas, semi-colons and colons, other than periods or full stops unless and until they know precisely why they are using those forms and are certain that they are using them correctly (exceptions include quotation marks).