在指导留学文书的过程中，AADPS的陈欣老师常常发现学生们对于英文标点掌握得较弱。受到母语影响，不少学员都会下意识的把之前的写作习惯带入进来。虽然现代汉语的标点系统本身也是受到西方语言影响的，但中英文的标点规则还是有不少区别。除此之外，学术英文特有的语法结构和风格又使得标点的使用场景变得愈加复杂。考虑到这些，陈欣老师建议大家可以把本文作为一个起点，审视一下自己在平时使用英文标点的一些短板。毕竟俗话说「细节之处见真章」(the devil is in the detail)，标点使用是最能够体现英文写作造诣的方面之一，用好它们是给招生官留下深刻印象的第一步。
A sentence is a linguistic unit consisting of one or more words that are grammatically linked.
Many asked whether this measure was truly necessary.
The rule was, at least on the port side of the ship, “Woman and children only.”
No allowance had been made for steerage passengers (that is, economy class—the cheapest fare.).
No allowance had been made for steerage passengers (that is, economy class—the cheapest fare).
No allowance had been made for steerage passengers. (Steerage was defined as economy class, the cheapest fare.)
Why do children develop so little when they are isolated from others?
Would you give me that book.
What are the manufacturer’s legal responsibilities? moral responsibilities? financial responsibilities?
Will the agent be submitting the manuscript to one publishing house, two houses, or more?
In a dream, Abraham Lincoln remembered a stranger asking, “Why are you so common looking?”
Don’t you find it insulting that a person would comment directly to a president, “Why are you so common looking?”
Was it Lincoln who observed, “The Lord prefers common-looking people”?
“Are you going with him?!” asked John.
“Are you going with him?” asked John.
“Are you going with him!” asked John.
Enterprising archaeologists visit their dentists regularly, if only to obtain supplies of worn-out dental instruments, which make first-rate fine digging tools!
Please! Let me do it myself!
Yesterday, the faucet stopped working.
Once the weather turned cold, the faucet stopped working.
According to Robert, urban shopping centers could learn a lot from malls.
Actually, we’ve had this problem for years.
Lipid molecules, of course, and molecules that dissolve easily in lipids can pass through cell membranes with ease.
Lipid molecules and molecules that dissolve easily in lipids can pass through cell membranes with ease, to cite two examples.
The literary form short story is usually defined as a brief fictional prose narrative, often involving one connected episode.
The U.S. government chose Texas, not Vermont, as the site of a lucrative project.
The children of the rich are the group most likely to go to private preparatory schools and elite colleges, regardless of their grades.
The faucet stopped working, and the sink leaks.
We can fix the problems ourselves, or we can call a plumber.
Several thousand years ago, probably some lines of Neanderthal man and woman died out; but it seems likely that a line in the Middle East went directly to us, Homo sapiens.
We’ll need a washer, a valve, and a wrench.
Booms and busts have plagued economic activity since the onset of industrialization, sporadically ejecting many workers from their jobs, pushing many businesses into bankruptcy, and leaving many politicians out in the cold.
Getting under the sink can be a tricky, messy job.
The wise, old lady believe that soldiers will return tomorrow.
The wise old lady believe that soldiers will return tomorrow.
Ahorn Hardware, which is just around the corner, will have the materials I need.
The hardware store which is just around the corner will have the materials I need.
The students who have band practice after school cannot attend the game. （需要排练的那部分学生不能参加比赛）
The students, who have band practice after school, cannot attend the game. （学生们因为排练而不能参加比赛）
The reasons she gave, all three of them, were convincing.
A bungled affair from start to finish, the police investigation of the Borden case overlooked crucial evidence.
Lizzie Borden, despite the weight of evidence against her, was acquitted.
Motion sickness, nausea, dizziness, and sleepiness, is a dangerous and common malady among astronauts.
Motion sickness—nausea, dizziness, and sleepiness—is a dangerous and common malady among astronauts.