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Thinker13
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Posted 01/25/12 - 2:20 AM:
Subject: Sentence Without A Period
Wikipedia wrote:
The period symbol derives from Aristophanes of Byzantium who invented the system of punctuation where the height of placement of a dot on the line determined its meaning. The high dot (.) was called a "periodos" and indicated a finished thought or sentence, the middle dot (ยท) was called a "kolon" and indicated part of a complete thought, while the low dot (.) was called a "komma" and also indicated part of a complete thought.



This morning I was wondering about period ( . ) after a sentence.

I am not very familiar with a Grammar rule about the same and would like to listen from you.


Common sense often does not stand up to the conventions of Grammar. I am still speculating thusly:

The period or full stop is put after a group of word which are not abbreviations to indicate that those words together make a part of a completed thought which is distinct from other parts.

In other words: A period is a punctuation mark, used to create a boundary where a sentence is separated from any other.

[ Well, this might be the most vulnerable part of my speculation from the viewpoint of English Grammar! Because a sentence in isolation might not be a sentence without a period.]

In that case, the significance of a period after what we call a sentence is only when there must be at least one other sentence following it or in other words, every last sentence of any writing can be left without a period.



I hope that any objection to speculation above comes with the suggestion that a sentence without an end in question mark, exclamation or with any special punctuation, must end in a period.

Here we have a definition of 'Sentences' from Wikipedia:

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In the field of linguistics, a sentence is an expression in natural language. It is often defined as a grammatical unit consisting of one or more words that bear minimal syntactic relation to the words that precede or follow it. A sentence can include words grouped meaningfully to express a statement, question, exclamation, request, command or suggestion.

A sentence can also be defined in orthographic terms alone, i.e. as simply that which is contained between a capital letter and a full stop. This is arguably more accurate than definitions which conflate orthography and grammar, given the variety of structures which are possible between the capital letter and a full stop. For instance, the opening of Charles Dickens' well known novel, Bleak House, begins with the following three sentences:

London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall. Implacable November weather.
The first sentence involves one single word, a proper noun. The second sentence has only a non-finite verb. The third is a single nominal group. Only an orthographic definition can hope to encompass this variation.




Now, if instead of writing the entire passage as Dickens does above, if a writer chooses to write just one word without a period:

London

Will that be considered a sentence? No, I guess because it doesn't have a period.


What about the second sentence in the passage without a period:


Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall


Does this qualify as a sentence?




It might make for interesting discussion.




henry quirk
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Posted 01/25/12 - 10:20 AM:

When I write: I concern myself with saying exactly what I want to say, in the clearest way possible*.

Beyond saying what I want with clarity, I don't worry too much about grammar.









*I leave it to you to assess my success... wink
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Posted 01/25/12 - 10:23 AM:

henry quirk wrote:
When I write: I concern myself with saying exactly what I want to say, in the clearest way possible*.

Beyond saying what I want with clarity, I don't worry too much about grammar.









*I leave it to you to assess my success... wink




You have a dashing style of doing it, Henry! clap
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Posted 01/25/12 - 10:56 AM:

thinker, in english we have the saying "poetic license". it basically means that the wordsmith is forgiven the rules of grammar for the sake of his art.

here's the wiki on it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artistic_license
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Posted 01/25/12 - 11:02 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
thinker, in english we have the saying "poetic license". it basically means that the wordsmith is forgiven the rules of grammar for the sake of his art.

here's the wiki on it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artistic_license



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Posted 01/25/12 - 11:02 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
thinker, in english we have the saying "poetic license". it basically means that the wordsmith is forgiven the rules of grammar for the sake of his art.

here's the wiki on it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artistic_license



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