Professor Roly Sussex says punctuation has been around for many hundreds of years.
Originally punctuation was to help one read better and gradually it became more grammatical.
One punctuation mark you will see far less is the hyphen – the Oxford Dictionary has eliminated hyphens from fifteen thousand words!
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