Students and instructors sometimes believe that punctuation
is a function only of writing. Many people are not aware that when we speak,
we modulate our voices, separating one phrase from another. Our voices rise or fall, according to the meaning
of what we want to say!
punctuated by pauses. A pause in speech,
which is a breath, is taken at a point when a pause that separates grammatical
elements makes sense. A breath is taken after completing a phrase of
words that belong together. That way, words that belong together are heard together, and comprehension is easy.
Another way we punctuate is known as
finishing a sentence, English speakers drop their voice at the end of
a declarative statement and raise their voice when asking a
question. It is interesting to note that in recent decades, the practice
of dropping the voice at the end of each declarative statement has
changed. It is not uncommon to hear a conversation now where a declaration
ends in rising intonation. For native speakers, intonation is