Punctuation marks can be a real pain, when writing a text. But for the reader they are essential for dividing the text into meaningful entities and thus read faster.

Period, comma, dash, colon: punctuation marks are important when we read a text. When used properly they help us understand which words belong together and in what context. Let’s take a look at the following example: “Yesterday I thought to myself I was supposed to visit Anna.” You had to start reading this sentence twice, right? You weren’t able to build groups of words in a manner that made sense to you immediately. Let’s try it again after we added a comma or two: “Yesterday, I thought to myself, I was supposed to visit Anna.” Better, right?

So, as you can see, punctuation marks help you organize words into entities of meaning. Make use of them and start reading groups of words- this will already make you read faster!


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