English Punctuation

What is punctuation?

Punctuation means the symbols and signs that we use when writing English.  These symbols are normally used to help give meaning to a sentence and can also be used instead of words.

 

Each symbol is normally called a ‘punctuation mark.’

 

What are the most common punctuation marks?

Symbol: .

Name: full stop

Use: to show the end of a sentence

Example: I went to the beach.

 

Symbol: ,

Name: comma

Use: to show a slight stop in a sentence or to separate items in a list

Example: He likes basketball, soccer and golf.

 

Symbol: ?

Name: question mark

Use: to show that a sentence is a question

Example: Are you going out today?

 

Symbol: !

Name: exclamation mark

Use: to show surprise, excitement, anger and other emotions

Example: Give it to me!
 

Symbol: :

Name: colon

Use: to show the start of a list

Example: There are three levels of English: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

 

Symbol: ”

Name: quotation marks

Use: to show that something written came from somebody else

Example: He said, “I’m going out later.”

 

Symbol: /

Name: forward slash

Use: to show or, to show abbreviations

Example: Someone dropped his/her wallet.

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