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- Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:59:07 EST h2SYV0kE No.12855
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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 q7SetaZt No.12856 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 h2SYV0kE No.12858 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 gMPm2qeL No.12860 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 EhLZacL4 No.12861 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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Edward Sinderwell - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:19:13 EST EhLZacL4 No.12863 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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Phyllis Goodman - Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:49:58 EST HovCkeSa No.12883 Reply
>>12858
"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"
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Hedda Pishwater - Wed, 27 Jun 2018 20:08:06 EST j1bLKHv0 No.12931 Reply
When texting, theres so much you can display with emojis. Being ironic, embarrassed about asking something, saying something jokingly, being unseriously siggestive while still indicating a level of seriousness. I rarely use punctuation when texting people. Emojis to me are what indicate inflection in the voice. I think the amount of punctuatiom we have is satisfactory, especially with emojis.
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Fanny Biffingkire - Mon, 02 Jul 2018 02:05:20 EST pfV1k0Io No.12934 Reply
having studied monocase, vowel-unmarked, Old South Arabian epigraphy where the only punctuation mark is the "word" boundary

you can fuck right off mate

the more the merrier

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