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 Post subject: Punctuation
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:47 pm 
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This should probably be on the English forum, but I thought someone here might have seen the paper I'm talking about!

I have just recieved the CSSE past papers to have a look through. Question 5 in the English paper from 2011 (Captain Corelli's Mandolin) asks the children to write out a sentence, adding the correct missing punctuation.

Pelagia was amused by the situation not so the cat

The answer book suggests it should be

Pelagia was amused by the situation-not so the cat

...with a dash. When reading it through, I mentally used a semi-colon. Can someone explain why the dash is preferable? Would a semi-colon be marked wrong?

These English papers are really tough!


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:02 pm 
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Tsk, ignore my question! I have asked t'internet and now know the difference.


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:24 am 
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Which is ?
Do you mind Teachermun to explain a bit as I would have thought the same way as you did initially and I can not find information in t'internet = Urban dictionary :?: :oops: ... Thanks ! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:10 am 
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I thought that this was unreasonable for a 10 year old child; however, the rest of the punctuation was easy.

According to askoxford.com the dash should not be used in formal writing as it replaces a comma, semicolon or colon.

I tried this exact phrase out on my family. I would have used a comma, OH a colon and DC a dash.

Reading through Fowler I think that perhaps a preposition would have been necessary for a comma, but in reality I am not a lot wiser regarding this sentence. OH is fairly certain that a colon is correct.

Interestingly, there was no choice on the answer sheet.

Semicolons can be used to separate two related sentences. If you could put a fullstop in between then you can use a semicolon. The other use is to separate a list that already contains commas or is more complicated than usual.

My name is Janet; I am seven years old.

This website is handy:

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/englishB8.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:13 am 
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Does anyone else agree with the answer to question 1. Am I the only one who thought that powerful should have been on the answer sheet?


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:05 am 
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Ok. Thanks moved !
Maybe it is a daft thinking but in such cases, grey area where different punctations may seem plausible, is it possible that the mark would be attributed for a dash, a comma or a semi-colon, or would it be strictly only for a dash ?


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:11 am 
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The answer sheet had no flexibility. I wasn't taught punctuation at school really and have always found this hard work.


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:31 am 
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Ouch ! That's harsh !
Specially in such cases where I have the feeling it is not only difficult but it could also be controversial...


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:37 am 
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I've started a thread on the English forum to see if there are any experts.


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 Post subject: Re: Punctuation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:00 pm 
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Presumably the sentence comes from Captain Corelli's Mandolin. If anyone has the patience to skim the book and track it down, you can find out what the editor did!


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