Punctuation

The Importance of Accurate Reading

Effectively communicating our message, we must consider the importance of appropriate pauses.  This is true if we are giving a sermon on Sunday or if we are witnessing in our community. If we do not pause, we can sound like we are babbling on instead of expressing the well thought our message we had planned. If we use pausing rightly, we can have an impact on our listeners. Reading the Bible or talking in front of others is something that needs to be taken seriously.

The period is the punctuation mark (.) that is used at the end of a sentence or in abbreviations, requiring a full stop.

The comma is a punctuation mark (,) that represents a slight pause in a sentence or is used to separate words and figures in a list.

The semicolon is a punctuation mark (;) used to separate parts of a sentence or list and indicate a pause longer than a comma but shorter than a period.

The colon is the punctuation mark (:) used to divide distinct but related sentence components such as clauses in which the second elaborates on the first, or to introduce a list, quotation, or speech, without a drop in inflection.

The exclamation point is a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation or interjection, and sometimes after a command. The exclamation point follows an expression of surprise, anger, admiration, pain, and other emotions, which may or may not be a full sentence, such as: I could not believe my eyes! What a pity! Ouch! It sometimes marks the end of a command or warning, especially in direct speech: Come here! Look out! The reader needs to emulate the strong feeling that is required, based on the context.

The question mark is the punctuation mark (?) placed at the end of a sentence or phrase intended as a direct question. It is also used after a word or phrase whose appropriateness is in doubt, or after a number or date whose accuracy is in doubt. Generally, it is read raising the voice to a higher inflection.

Quotation marks are either a pair of punctuation marks, either in double (“…”) or single (‘…’) form, used around direct speech, quotations, and titles, or to give special emphasis to a word or phrase.

The dash (―) is used in pairs around text that adds extra information, which usually demands a different tone or pace in the reading.

Parentheses are one of a pair of shallow, curved signs, (…), used to enclose an additional inserted word or comment and distinguish it from the sentence in which it is found, and usually read in a different tone. Some information within the parentheses does not need to be read.

Brackets are either of a pair of symbols, […], used in keying or printing to indicate the insertion of special commentary such as that made by an editor.

 0001 REVIEW QUESTION:

Why is it important that you need to read accurately?

Reasoning From The Scriptures: Using several Scriptures, effectively communicate why _________ is not biblical or is biblical. The director or assistant direct will assign a subject.[1]

[1] The Evangelism Program Director or Assistant Director will select the topic.