In the following exercise all punctuation has been eliminated. Read the paragraph carefully, and provide the missing punctuation. Make sure the paragraph flows smoothly and that there are no fragments. To check for fragments, go through the three steps for identifying and correcting fragments given on the “Eliminating Fragments” handout.
High Style as we have seen sometimes uses unfamiliar words and thus becomes difficult for the general reader the wording of Low Style however is neither unusual nor difficult it tends to be as plain and ordinary as the wording of casual conversation for some purposes this style is perfectly appropriate notes to the milkman or babysitter letters to friends and perhaps letters or even articles for a campus newspaper and occasionally in the hands of a Shakespeare or a Mark Twain the Low Style can achieve the eloquence of great literature but for most purposes the Low Style sounds too much like casual talk it can too easily suggest that the writer has uttered his thoughts just as quickly and indiscriminately as he would at a bull session or beer party.
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