To be professionally qualified for freelancing jobs or keep yourself going on the freelancing path, it’s highly recommended that you give attention to the least of details in writing, starting with the proper use of punctuation marks.
The better grasp of all writing skills you have, the better you will be in the professional space.
And I’m sure you don’t want to sell yourself off to cheap grammatical errors that are visible to the “blind eyes”, because when you break the rules of grammar, you’re telling the world of writers that you have not started yet – especially when you are unrepentant.
Punctuation rules are often ignored when you speak that you think you know it all until you put your thoughts to paper, run it through some word processing software and your errors are laid bare before your eyes. So, if you want to know where you stand grammatically, writing is the way.
In reality, punctuation marks should be applied when you speak too. In fact, you know how bad some people are in the understanding of punctuation marks when they speak. They mumble everything together and you wonder aloud!
I was once there and still outgrowing some of those little foxes…
So, Why Are You Here?
For some time now, I’ve had to deal with the improper use of commas that I see around and I wish to right the wrong today.
And so we will, together.
Note: This isn’t all about punctuation marks. I am only addressing the commonest of all. A detailed guide to using punctuation marks correctly will be published soon. Thanks.
Punctuation Marks with Wishes
Happy birthday sister. (wrong)
Happy birthday, sister. (right)
Happy birthday my sister. (wrong)
Happy birthday, my sister. (right).
Generally, when you need to introduce any form of greetings, wishes or expressions of love with a name attached to it, you are to use comma(s) appropriately.
The breaking point is reached with the expression you can write or say without adding the person’s name.
To make it easier to understand…
These are treated as names:
Dear, my dear, my love, my dear friend, my great sister, dear friend, my sweetheart, etc.
These are treated as complete expressions:
I love you, I love you so much, I love you wholeheartedly, I miss you, good morning, good morning to you, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, apologies, etc.
In that regard, the following examples are correct:
Good morning, dear.
Good morning, my dear.
Good morning to you, my dear.
Good morning to you, my dear friend.
Do have a good morning, sweetheart.
I wish you the best of today, my love.
It’s the same when the name is before the expression:
Dear, good morning.
My dear, good morning.
My dear, good morning to you.
My dear friend, good morning to you.
Sweetheart, do have a good morning.
My love, I wish you the best of today.
The above technique also works for good night, I love you, I’m sorry, thank you, happy birthday, I miss you… Etc.
Good morning, sir.
I’m sorry, ma.
Thank you, dear.
Thank you so much, my wife.
Thank you for everything, sister.
Thank you for saving me, God.
Over to You:
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