Complete Punctuation: Novice To Pro
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Complete Punctuation: Novice To Pro

Punctuation in the UK and the US: a comprehensive guide to all the punctuation marks
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Created by Clare Lynch
Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 13 articles
  • 23 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Punctuation confidence: correctly use commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens, dashes and more
  • Punctuation mastery: use punctuation at the level of a professional editor
  • Punctuation authority: talk authoritatively to colleagues and clients about any aspect of punctuation
  • Punctuation in the UK and US: know the differences
Requirements
  • You should be able to read and write in English
  • You should have a desire to master punctuation at a professional level
Description

Would you like to:

  • Understand punctuation to a professional level, with an understanding of all the major punctuation marks in English?

  • Use commas, colons, semicolons and other punctuation marks accurately, precisely and stylishly?

  • Master every aspect of English punctuation - to produce authoritative, error-free documents every time?

  • Talk knowledgeably about even the most intricate aspects of punctuation in English?

  • Gain clarity on the (often confusing) differences between UK and US punctuation?

  • Be the go-to expert on English punctuation in your place of work?

  • Punctuate with confidence so you can earn an income from professional writing, editing or proofreading?

If any of these apply to you, you need this comprehensive, professional-level punctuation course.

In this highly detailed punctuation course, you’ll learn how to master the intricacies of every major punctuation mark, including:

  • Commas

  • Full stops/periods

  • Apostrophes

  • Hyphens

  • Colons

  • Semicolons

  • Dashes

  • Brackets (both square and round)

  • Inverted commas/quotation marks

  • Question marks

  • Exclamation marks

  • Ellipses

  • Bullet points

If you’re looking for a superficial beginner’s guide to punctuation based on opinion rather than research, this is probably not the punctuation course for you.

However, if you want a professional-level punctuation course founded on extensive research into current usage, you’ll love this course.

Yes, the course covers the basics of English punctuation. But it also digs deep into the rules, principles and conventions of US and UK punctuation.

With Complete Punctuation: Novice To Pro you get a definitive guide to every aspect of English punctuation.

So this punctuation course is for you if you want to:

  • Make a living from writing, editing or proofreading

  • Access a life-time reference guide to punctuation that you can consult over and over again

  • Benefit from detailed explanation of the rules and conventions for punctuation best practice

  • Gain clarity on the (often confusing) differences between UK and US usage


HOW IS THIS COURSE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PUNCTUATION COURSES?

With 65 lectures and at 3.5 hours long, Complete Punctuation: Novice To Pro offers a comprehensive guide to US and UK punctuation. The course also comes with a downloadable 60-page ebook, summarising the entire content of this punctuation course.

What’s more, as a professional copywriter, Dr Clare Lynch understands time is money. That's why the most often used words in reviews of her courses are 'clear' and 'concise'. So every lecture is punchy, pacey and packed with punctuation advice. Zero fluff. Zero padding. Zero repetition.

Just clear, concise well-researched content on the rules, principles and conventions of modern English punctuation.

And with Complete Punctuation: Novice To Pro, you won’t simply be bombarded with information about punctuation. You’ll also be encouraged to test and cement your understanding of all the principles taught. That’s why the course includes 24 quizzes and exercises - where you can put into practice everything you’ve learned about UK and US punctuation.


WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ON PUNCTUATION?

In this course, you’ll learn how to master best-practice for using all the major punctuation marks, including:


Punctuation: commas

  • How to use commas in lists, to join sentences and to bracket information

  • Should you use the Oxford comma or not?

  • The difference in comma usage between “which” and “that”

  • Understanding the difference between cumulative and co-ordinating adjectives - and the implications for comma use

  • How to use the “vocative” comma - in emails, for example


Punctuation: full stops/periods

  • Using full stops/periods to avoid one of the most common punctuation errors - the comma splice

  • Should you use full stops in titles, names and abbreviations?

  • Should you use one space or two after a full stop?


Punctuation: apostrophes

  • The two main uses of apostrophes - contraction and possession

  • Is it 100s or 100's, 1000s or 1000's?

  • How to use apostrophes correctly in names, places and dates

  • Apostrophes in abbreviations


Punctuation: hyphens

  • How to use hyphens correctly in compound modifiers (describing phrases)

  • How to avoid the most common hyphenation mistakes

  • How to use hyphens with prefixes and suffixes


Punctuation: colons, semicolons and dashes

  • How to use colons and semicolons accurately and appropriately

  • Avoid the most common mistakes people make with colons and semicolons

  • Correct use of dashes

  • The differences between hyphens, en-dashes and em-dashes


Punctuation: brackets

  • How to use round brackets correctly

  • How to use other punctuation in conjunction with brackets

  • Using square brackets to add editorial commentary to a text


Punctuation: inverted commas/quotation marks

  • How to use commas/quotation marks to quote direct speech

  • How to use commas/quotation marks with words and phrases

  • Scare quotes - a pitfall to be aware of

  • Typographical considerations: single or double, curly or straight?


Punctuation: question marks, exclamation marks and ellipses

  • When to use a question mark - and when not to

  • When to use an exclamation mark - and when not to

  • When and how to use ellipses


BONUS CONTENT: Punctuation of bullet points



WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS INSTRUCTOR?

Dr Clare Lynch has a PhD in English literature from the University of Cambridge, where she also now teaches writing skills. Earning her doctorate armed Clare with the advanced research skills she brings to this course.

As a result, Complete Punctuation: Novice to Pro is a definitive course founded on deep research into the rules, principles and conventions of current usage.

Clare is also a professional copywriter with 20+ years’ experience of helping big-name corporate clients get their messages across clearly, accurately, precisely and compellingly.

Clare is also a qualified and highly experienced corporate trainer and facilitator. So she’s been trained to communicate even the most complex, technical ideas in a way that’s clear, concise and memorable.

Who this course is for:
  • This comprehensive course will take you from beginner level to advanced professional
  • This course can be used as a reference guide to replace books on punctuation
  • This is a detailed course - it is not for people who want a quick-and-dirty guide to basic punctuation
  • Professional proofreaders will find this course an invaluable reference guide to punctuation
Course content
Expand all 66 lectures 03:17:04
+ Introduction to "Complete Punctuation: Beginner To Advanced Professional"
2 lectures 08:27

A brief overview of what this punctuation course covers.

Preview 03:06

Many of the decisions we make about punctuation involve questions of style and personal choice - rather than rules. Here's how to navigate those choices.

How to approach this course – and punctuation generally!
05:21
+ The comma
10 lectures 46:44

Understand why it's so important to master the comma.

Preview 03:01

An introduction to the first basic rule of the comma: its use in lists.

The listing comma
06:00

An introduction to the second basic rule of the comma: to join sentences when using "FANBOYS" words.

The joining comma
04:47

An introduction to the third basic rule of the comma: to set of incidental or non-essential information.

The bracketing comma
05:30

The difference between "which" and "that" - and whether to use a comma with them.

Which or that? Comma or not?
02:42

Test your knowledge of the three basic uses of the comma.

Listing, joining and bracketing commas
8 questions

How to use the comma to avoid repetition - and make your writing more elegant.

The gapping comma
02:58

When to use commas in a list of describing words - and when not to.

Commas with lists of adjectives
06:57

More examples to help you understand the difference between cumulative and co-ordinating adjectives.

Commas with lists of adjectives - some more examples
04:07

How to use commas correctly with renamed words - so you say what you actually mean.

Commas with appositives - or renamed words
07:07

How and when to use the comma when addressing other people.

The vocative or calling comma
03:35

Test your knowledge of advanced comma usage.

Commas - advanced
5 questions
+ The full stop/period
3 lectures 12:49

How to use full stops to avoid the most common punctuation error I see - starting with understanding what a sentence is.

Preview 06:24

How to use the full-stop/period correctly in names, titles and abbreviations.

The full stop/period in abbreviations
03:07

Intelligent advice on to navigate the ongoing controversy about how many spaces should follow the full stop.

The full stop/period: is it followed by one space or two?
03:18

Test your understanding of the full stop or period.

Full stops/periods
3 questions
+ The hyphen
6 lectures 17:26

Is it e-mail or email? How to use hyphenation in compound nouns.

Introduction to hyphens
03:04

"Long term" or "long-term": when to use hyphens in compound modifiers.

Hyphens in compound modifiers
03:41

How to use hyphens to make your meaning crystal clear.

Hyphens in compound modifiers: avoiding ambiguity
02:32

How to avoid one of the most common hyphenation mistakes.

Hyphens with -LY words: avoiding a common error
02:21

How to use hyphens when adding prefixes and suffixes to change the meaning of a word.

Hyphens with prefixes and suffixes
04:28

A handy use of the hyphen - to avoid unnecessary repetition.

The hanging hyphen
01:20

Test your mastery of hyphenation.

Hyphens
3 questions
+ The colon, the semicolon and the dash
5 lectures 21:55

Introducing an explanation or elaboration - and other uses of the colon.

The colon
04:20

How to use the semicolon - and reasons to avoid it!

The semicolon
05:40

How to avoid two common semicolon pitfalls - including confusing them with colons.

Preview 04:50

How to use the versatile punctuation mark that is the dash.

The dash
04:41

How to make sure your dashes look correct and consistent.

The dash: typographical considerations
02:24

Test your mastery of colons, semicolons and dashes.

Colons, semicolons and dashes
5 questions
+ Brackets
2 lectures 07:28

How to use round brackets - and how to use other punctuation with them.

Round brackets
02:58

Using square brackets to add editorial commentary to a text.

Square brackets
04:30

Test your understanding of round and square brackets.

Brackets
4 questions
+ Inverted commas/quotation marks
5 lectures 15:40

How to use inverted commas when quoting someone in an article.

Inverted commas/quotation marks with direct speech
04:12

How to use inverted commas/quotation marks with words and phrases.

Inverted commas/quotation marks in words and phrases
02:54

How to avoid unintentional humour by overusing inverted commas/quotation marks.

Scare quotes
02:30

The rules and guidance for using single versus double quotation marks.

Single or double inverted commas/quotation marks
03:19

Typographical considerations when using inverted commas/question marks.

Curly or straight inverted commas/quotation marks?
02:45

Test your understanding of inverted commas/quotation marks.

Inverted commas/quotation marks
3 questions
+ The question mark, exclamation mark and ellipsis
4 lectures 14:42

When to use a question mark - and when not to!

The question mark
05:11

When to use an exclamation mark - and when not to!

The exclamation mark
05:22

Correct use of those three little dots...

The ellipsis: what it is and when to use it
02:33

How your ellipses should look on the page.

The ellipsis: typographic considerations
01:36

Test your knowledge of question marks, exclamation marks and ellipses

Question marks, exclamation marks and ellipses
5 questions
+ Bullet points
1 lecture 04:09

How to punctuate the different types of bullet points.

Punctuating bullet points
04:09

Test your knowledge of how to punctuate different types of bullet points

Punctuating bullet points
3 questions
+ The apostrophe
25 lectures 46:57

Contraction and possession: the two main uses of the apostrophe.

Introduction: The two basic uses of the apostrophe
03:42

Can you identify examples of apostrophes being used to indicate possession and contraction? Can you spot where not to use an apostrophe (in simple pluralisation)?

Practice activity: test your understanding of contraction and possession
00:58

You may see apostrophes in words like these. However, they're wrong, so be careful.

Three occasions you should NEVER use an apostrophe
03:56

Insert apostrophes correctly in these sentences.

Practice activity: test your apostrophe knowledge
00:41

Now it's time to test your recall of what you've learned about apostrophes so far!

Introduction to apostrophes
5 questions

Confusing its and it's is the most common apostrophe error there is. Here's how to avoid it.

Contractions: its or it's?
03:26

Do you need an apostrophe with its? Test your mastery of the difference between its and it's.

Practice activty: it's or it's?
00:21

Like its and it's, whose and who's are often confused. Here's the easy way to make sure you always pick the right word.

Contractions: whose or who's?
02:46

Can you tell the difference between whose and who's?

Practice activity: whose or who's?
00:23

Confusing your and you're is and easy mistake to make. Here's a simple way to make sure you always pick the right word.

Contractions: your or you're?
01:44

Can you tell the difference between your, you're and yours?

Practice activity: the difference between your and you're
00:23

A simple explanation of the difference between we're, were and where.

Contractions: we're, were or where?
01:47

Can you tell the difference between we're, were, where and where's?

Practice activity: the difference between we're, were and where
00:19

Unsure of the difference between theirs and there's, they're and there? Here's what you need to know.

Contractions: theirs or there's, they're or there?
02:00

Can you tell the difference between theirs and there's, they're and there?

Practice activity: theirs or there's, they're or there?
00:17

This use of the apostrophe will save you from the ire of the internet's grammar snobs.

Contractions: Would've or would of?
02:07

Test your understanding of the use of apostrophes to indicate contractions.

Contractions: common confusions
3 questions

Is it the cat's whiskers or the cats' whiskers? That depends.

Possession: s apostrophe or apostrophe s?
02:43

Can you insert the apostrophes in the correct positions?

Practice activity: s apostrophe or apostrophe s?
00:31

Unusual plurals can pose a challenge when it comes to the apostrophe. Here's what you need to know.

Possession: children's, childrens or childrens'? Ladies or ladies'?
03:39

Test your mastery of the apostrophe with irregular plurals

Practice activity: apostrophes with irregular plurals
00:29

Don't make this apostrophe mistake on your CV!

Possession: Ten years experience or ten years' experience?
01:55

Test your understanding of apostrophes with singular and plural nouns.

s apostrophe or apostrophe s?
5 questions

Is it St Thomas's Hospital or St Thomas' Hospital? Here's what to do when the name of a person or place ends in s.

Apostrophe niggles: apostrophes in names and places
03:26

Should you put an apostrophe in a number or a date? Well, that depends...

Apostrophe niggles: numbers and dates (100s or 100's? 1970s or 1970's?)
03:34

Apostrophes in abbreviations? Here's what you need to know.

Apostrophe niggles: CDs or CD's? (And the do's and don'ts of p's and q's)
02:54

Test your understanding of those tricky little apostrophe uses that catch many people out.

Apostrophe niggles: test your knowledge
5 questions

Correct the apostrophes in the memo attached to this lecture. Use the apostrophe cheat sheet, also attached, if you get stuck.

Practice activity: correct this memo
01:23

Even an experienced writer can miss an apostrophe error. Here's how to check your work for correct usage.

How to catch every rogue apostrophe
01:30