2 punctuation marks to avoid in health writing

Punctuation marks can be hard to read, such as semicolons and exclamation marks.

They can also be taken the wrong way in health writing, so it might be better to avoid using them.

; this is a semicolon and most readers do not understand what it means.

I also bet most writers do not know how to use it correctly either.

I recommend you use a full stop instead of a semicolon.

! this is an exclamation point and it can mean a lot of different things at the end of a sentence.

In medical or health writing, an exclamation mark is very rare.

It can look like you’re shouting or excited, but the reader is probably not feeling that way.

Avoid exclamation marks, and use a full stop for a more gentle end to a sentence.

[This article has a grade 5 readability score on hemingwayapp.com]

[This article has an informative 5 points, direct 5 points and formal 5 points tone of voice score on Grammarly]

Published by Virginia Chachati

I am a UK GPhC registered Pharmacist from London. I love to write easy to understand health and wellness content. My goal is to help empower people to better their own health.

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