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.............. by Nigel Cracklehug - Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:59:07 EST ID:h2SYV0kE No.12855 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Do we need so many different punctuation marks. Could we not use one punctuation mark. and the context would tell us what it.s supposed to indicate.
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CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Sat, 12 Aug 2017 02:35:30 EST ID:q7SetaZt No.12856 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Impreciseness is the enemy of understanding.

If anything, I think we should have more punctuation. It'd be nice to have marks which describe the mood or tone of a sentence more definitely than question or exclamation marks. Maybe something like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation#.22Love_point.22_and_similar_marks
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Nigel Cracklehug - Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:27:30 EST ID:h2SYV0kE No.12858 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>12856
Unnecessary and superfluous. Ancient languages were not cluttered with punctuation. And what about smiley faces. Do you think they add to understanding or obfuscate it. Do I need to write a question mark for you to know when a sentence is a question.
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CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:09:59 EST ID:gMPm2qeL No.12860 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>12858
Smiley faces can do either depending on the context.

No, but people who only know English at a beginner level might not recognize it as a question right away. It would've sounded more passionate with a question mark too.
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Walter Ducklock - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:00:10 EST ID:EhLZacL4 No.12861 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>12860
I don't think I'd use the word passionate. It's much more grammatically correct and conveys the meaning much better than using a period to end a question.

But, there are ways to do away with certain punctuation. For example, in Japanese, there are particles that turn a sentence into a question.

e.g., 「これはいくらですか。」(Kore wa ikura desu ka; "How much is this?") vs 「このはえんぴつです。」(Kore wa enpitsu desu; "This is a pencil.")

In the first sentence, the "ka" at the end signifies it is a question.
The second sentence is just a declaration of fact.

But, punctuation exists for the reason that CrazyFolks said: ambiguity is terribad for understanding. English is deeply entrenched in punctuational grammar, and I don't think an overhaul of the punctuation system would be an easy thing to pull off, especially when there's no real necessity, since the punctuation does serve a purpose.
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Sidney Sedgehuck - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:47:44 EST ID:SSq0MRKX No.12862 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>12861
Shut up weeb.
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Edward Sinderwell - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:19:13 EST ID:EhLZacL4 No.12863 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>12862
Thank you for your constructive addition to the thread. Have a nice day; I'm sure you need it.


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