Punctuation, what is it good for? Absolutely everything!
This is true; punctuation is important in many situations, especially when the situation is your employment. Intelligence is a necessary tool at every place of business and knowing how to use punctuation/grammar correctly is a sure sign of this. For those who have not received a formal education, good grammar and knowledge of correct punctuation can be perceived as such. Many have made the point that their supervisors make grammatical errors daily. Grammar does not guarantee you a position, but using it properly can enhance your chances of a better paying position within the company or possibility for advancement.
In September, we will be having another Showcase Event, possibly two. These events will have a certain type of industry concentration, Retail and Sales. Grammar is of huge importance in these fields. Sales is all about the way you speak and present yourself, your company, and your product. This is why we want you to be prepared in every way when we place you in front of an employer for an interview. The more confident you are in the way you present yourself, the more confident the employer will be when hiring you to do the job.
On September 1st, two full-length, in-depth articles will be posted with regard to Grammar and Punctuation. Punctuation has shown to be tough for many, as well as Grammar. So, today, we want to know “What part of punctuation stumps you the most?”
As observed from last week’s Grammar Income Test, it appears that many of the questions that were answered incorrectly had to do with punctuation. We have created another small test for you to complete to allow you to practice your punctuation rules. In addition to correcting the punctuation, also be mindful of anything that is missing.
As before, mark your answers as Correct or Incorrect. In instances where you see a multiple choice answer, write down the letter for that. Okay, here we go:
- Chloe tried to buy the $9.99 CD at the store on Memphis St but someone had given her only 9.45
- Nine-tenths is written out as: (a) .09 (b) 9 (c) .9 (d) .90
- Alec, brother to Baby Joshua, has the best toys in the playroom.
- Margie began her new employment on Wednesday October 1 2012.
- The classroom consisted of four things, desks, chairs, computers and books.
- We had to cancel our trip: Rachel and her sister were sick.
- Melvin was very upset; the question for Job Club was not ready.
- Andrea answered the question correctly, therefore, she received the prize.
- We wanted to use Sheenas’ computer, but its security code was missing.
- Back in the 50s, we used to see a lot of Rock and Roll.
- The office crew decided to send 1-2 displays for the conference.
- James and Louise the two top sales persons received awards.
- May we please take your jacket.
- Your jacket was left where?
- Hurry, the sale is on.
- Stop! Your purse is on top of your car.
17. The child will (one day) learn his own schedule.
18. The report is due within, 10, ten days.
19. “Sarah, asked Stacy, do you really want to use the software?”
20. Yolanda “Yoli” went to the party with the group.
To review your answers, please refer to the article in the upcoming September Issue entitled “Punctuation.” There you will not only see the answers as well as a few tips with regard to punctuation. Good Luck! And as always, thanks for participating.
If anyone is interested in Retail and Customer Service positions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are having a Job Event the last part of September.