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"Stops", Or How to Punctuate
A Practical Handbook for Writers and Students

written by "Allardyce, Paul, 1855-1895"
.... If he were to know the truth, he would be shocked.[23] In the first form of this example, "he would be shocked" is a definite, finished statement, the necessary qualification to which should follow with as little pause as possible. But in the inverted form, the first part of the sentence—"if he were to know the truth"—is not a finished statement, and the mind may pause for a moment before going on to the consequence, knowing that the consequence must follow. (2) No point is needed if there be a very close grammatical connection between the dependent clause and some word or words preceding it. They had so long brooded over their own distresses that they knew nothing of how the world was changing around them. Note that by the word "so" the clause "that they knew nothing" is joined very closely to the previous part of the sentence; and that the two clauses "that they knew nothing" and "how the world was changing around them," are even more closely joined to one another by the pre[24]position "of." For the same reason, where the object is a clause, there is no point before it. He confessed to us that he had not thought over the matter. A useful distinction will afterwards be drawn between the different kinds of relative clauses. (Rule XIV.) X. Words thrown in so as to interrupt slightly the flow of a sentence are marked off by commas. He resolved, therefore, to visit the prisoner early in the morning. This, I think, is the right view of the case. The first ideas of beauty formed by the mind are, in all probability, derived from colours. The following are some of the words and phrases that come under this rule: therefore, too, indeed, however, moreover, then, accordingly, consequently; in short, in fine, in truth, in fact, to a certain extent, all things considered. This rule of high pointing should be applied very sparingly, and might really be restricted to cases like the "I think" of the secon...

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