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EXERCISE 68

Insert the periods, interrogation points, and exclamation points in the following:

(Deduct two per cent for each error.)

1 Will you kindly endeavor to effect a settlement through your department 2 The only question is, How should these laws be modified or extended to best meet

American conditions 3 If you are still looking for advancement, will you kindly send me a formal application

stating your experience and qualifications 4 Shall we do this work or shall we return the curtains to you for repairs 5 Which do you prefer, the money or the books 6 Two-thirds of all the wholesale grocers in the United States are subscribers to the

"Commercial," but we want all 7 "Pray, what is that" inquired the prince 8 "How was that, Jim" I asked 9 “Well, who knows anything about it" he questioned 10 What's become of Jim Brown of Jack Winters of all the boys 11 You how dare you come back 12 Help help will no one try to rescue him 13 Have you studied Lesson VII 14 I think it is proper, don't you, that some action should be taken 15 A Daniel come to judgment 16 O wise young judge, how I do honor you 17 How much elder are you than your looks 18 War the world's had war enough 19 "Is he not able to pay the money" asked Portia 20 But does any one speak with serious disparagement of the young Ferdinands of our

elder friend of Billikens and Squire Purdy 21 And is not this boy nature and human, too and do we not wish a house on fire not to

be out until we see it 22 Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge

for the first time How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until

they have been actually effected-Pliny 23 You know who critics are—the men who have failed in literature and art-Disraeli 24 If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in

my country, I never would lay down my arms,-never never never-Pitt 25 There, sir, an attack upon my language What do you think of that An aspersion

upon my parts of speech-Sheridan 26 0, sir, I must not tell my age

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EXERCISE 69

Insert the periods and interrogation points in the following letter:

(Deduct three per cent for each error.)

Chicago, Ill, May 17, 1999

Mr Ben Miller, Pres,

Union Steel Co,

Indianapolis, Ind

Dear Sir:

In answer to yours of the 15th inst, would say that your shipment left Chicago,

Tuesday, Jan 5, at two p m via the CC & St LRR The shipment went COD We are

in position to offer you the following easy terms, if desired; viz:

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In regard to the table oilcloth, we can make you a price on the No 2 of $160 per yard,

net; i e, if you are in position to pay cash with order

When shall I ship No 3 linoleum or do you wish us to hold it until the No 4 is ready

Will you kindly let us know if the terms are satisfactory

Yours respectfully,

Theo M Scott & Co,

Theo M Scott,

Pres

LESSON XXXIII

THE SEMICOLON

1. Members of a Compound Sentence

The semicolon is used to separate short members of compound sentences, or when the members have very slight connection; as,

1. Send the best goods obtainable; spare no expense on them.
2. The general prosperity can be seen on every hand; the farmers were never so

well off ; manufacturers are far behind in their orders; mercantile business is
unusually large; while the railroads are blockaded with freight and are com-

plaining of a shortage of freight cars. 3. There is an absence of intellectuality; the work of copyists everywhere abounds.

2. Expressions in a Series

The semicolon is used to separate expressions in a series, dependent upon an introductory or a final clause; as, 1. We can supply you with a ledger containing 1000 pages, divided as follows: 650

pages, with two accounts or divisions ; 125 pages, three divisions; 225 pages,

six divisions. 2. H. H. Hatch, being duly sworn, says that he is the defendant herein ; ihat he has

read the foregoing complaint, and knows the contents thereof; that the same

is true according to his own knowledge, etc. 3. If we think of glory in the field; of wisdom in the cabinet; of the purest

patriotism; of morals without a stain—the august figure of Washington

presents itself as the personification of all these ideas. 3. Semicolon before “But,” “Otherwise,” “Also,” “Therefore"

Many clauses introduced by such words as “but," "otherwise," "also,” "therefore," and "for," denoting contrast, reference, or explanation, should be preceded by a semicolon; as, 1. There will be no extra charge for these goods; but for all future deliveries an

additional charge of 40 cents a thousand will be made. 2. If you cannot use these goods at this price, you are at liberty to return them to

us and we will credit your account; otherwise, kindly send us check for the

amount deducted. 3. The study of grammar is very beneficial to the stenographer; for it helps him to

detect his errors in speaking and writing. 4. Members of a Compound Sentence Punctuated with Commas

The semicolon is placed between the members of a compound sentence when the members themselves are subdivided by commas; as,

1. The car of oats goes forward to-morrow; the car of corn, Saturday.
2. He went back, after considerable delay, and hunted for it; but it had been picked

up in the meantime.

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