Effects of the Misuse of Punctuation by EFL Learners in English-Arabic Translation

Eman Abdulsalam Al-Khalil

Vol. 14, Jul-Dec 2022


Punctuation is a system of symbols or signs used to separate sentences or clauses to make the meaning clear, to show readers where sentences start and end, and whether used properly to make writing effective, comprehensive, and understandable. Punctuation is critical to good communication; it becomes confusing and tricky when misused. Though some of us almost know how to use it intuitively, many EFL students still have problems with it, as in writing and translation. They make mistakes in using a comma, for instance, instead of a full stop, a colon instead of a semicolon, or a question instead of exclamation mark…etc.

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