I learned a great amount from the reading on dashes, commas, and parantheses. All too much are they misused in writing. I myself, have always struggled with these three gramatical punctuations. This reading did help clear the air in areas that I needed tuning up in.

What did I learn? I learned that parantheses are used to add to a sentence for the readers clarification. Words in parentheses could go unstated but putting them there helps the reader better understand what you are trying to say. Also, parentheses can bring things that seem out of place in a paper into clear understanding. Dashes were one punctuation that I was not very familiar with at all until reading this. As well as learning about parentheses I learned a great deal about dashes. Dashes simply come before words that are about to add drama or intensify the sentence more. They are a way of telling the reader that the next clause is going to let you know more about the character being talked about. Sometimes dashes come before simply one word. When there is an answer that can be summed up with one word and the sentence before being incomplete, a dash is needed. This dash breaks up the two clauses and makes it flow better to the reader. To me, a dash can be thought of as a break or to build drama and suspense. I use commas better than I do any of the other two, so I did not gather a lot from this reading about commas.

What surprised me? One thing that really surprised me was how dashes are used. I did not know until reading this that they were used in places in a sentence to create drama. To be quite honest, I never payed attention to them.

What do I want to know more about? Because of my surprise on the subject of dashes, I want to know more about them, when to use them, and how to use them.