Summary of rules for punctuation
by Edward P. Bailey
This handout summarizes the punctuation rules in this web site. You have
permission to print one copy for your personal use but not to make any
- Use a colon after a complete sentence to point to a word
or phrase you wish to emphasize.
- Use a colon after a complete sentence to point to another closely related
- Use a dash after a complete sentence to emphasize a word,
a phrase, or another sentence.
- Use a dash to highlight something in the middle of a sentence.
- Use a semicolon to separate two related sentences.
- When you join two sentences with the word and,
put a comma before the and.
- Separate all items in a simple list with commas.
- Use a comma after most introductory material in a sentence.
Copyright 2002 by Edward P. Bailey
(all rights reserved)