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Which is the best use of punctuation? Joel and Lisette went (to the museum) to see an exhibit on ancient Egyptian artifacts. Sandy, a wayward puppy, was taken in and adopted by a loving family. Our National Parks are (beautiful places) to appreciate the many landmarks in our country. Please refrain from talking—during the movie as to not disturb the patrons.

2 Answer

  • Sandy, a wayward puppy, was taken in and adopted by a loving family.
  • The best use of punctuation is shown in "Sandy, a wayward puppy, was taken in and adopted by a loving family". The information between the commas is not necessary information to understand the meaning of the sentence. That is why it is separated from the rest of it by means of punctuation.

    The other examples present cases in which there is a misuse of the parenthesis.  The information included in them ("to the museum" and "beautiful places") are not specifying what has been previously stated. What is more, the last sentence also contains a misuse of the dash.

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