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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.
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
Nigel Cracklehug - Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:27:30 EST ID:h2SYV0kE No.12858 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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.
CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:09:59 EST ID:gMPm2qeL No.12860 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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.
Walter Ducklock - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:00:10 EST ID:EhLZacL4 No.12861 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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.
Sidney Sedgehuck - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:47:44 EST ID:SSq0MRKX No.12862 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Shut up weeb.
Edward Sinderwell - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:19:13 EST ID:EhLZacL4 No.12863 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Thank you for your constructive addition to the thread. Have a nice day; I'm sure you need it.
Phyllis Goodman - Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:49:58 EST ID:HovCkeSa No.12883 Ignore Report Quick Reply
"Ancient language" was the exclusive privilege of the scribes and the ruling classes, who for the most part never had to pose thoughts to each other any more sophisticated than, "O Father, do let me properly deflower this one before you start in with the saw"
Cyril Buzzshaw - Mon, 25 Dec 2017 12:35:18 EST ID:sxsQ+Z+m No.12885 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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20th Century and new screens - Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:30:59 EST ID:+jqQNLjw No.12886 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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