Tone is the attitude or feeling a piece of writing conveys to the reader. It can be both intentional and unintentional, and can be conveyed through the author’s word choice, syntax, and punctuation. Tone can be serious, humorous, sarcastic, objective, or any other attitude the author wishes to convey. Tone can also be affected by the author’s choice of subject matter, the point of view they are writing from, and the emotional state of the author at the time of writing. It is important to take the tone of a piece of writing into consideration, as this can significantly affect the way the reader interprets the content.

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