Punctuation for beginners

Punctuation is using special signs, and certain typographical devices to help the understanding and correct reading of written texts.

Punctuation Marks in English

What Is Punctuation?

Punctuation is a set of symbols and marks that are used in writing to help make the meaning of sentences and phrases clearer.

Punctuation Marks

We have many different punctuation marks in the English language. We are going to learn about some of them. Look at the list below:

  • Full stop (.)
  • Question mark (?)
  • Exclamation mark (!)

Now, we are going to learn about each one and see how they function:

Full Stop

'Full stop' or 'period' (.) is a sign that shows a sentence is finished. We use it at the end of sentences that are facts and general truths. Look at the following examples:

The baby is asleep.

There's a children's playground in the park.

Question Mark

'Question mark' (?) shows that someone is asking a question. They want to know the answer. Look below:

Where are the kids?

Do you like ice cream?

Exclamation Mark

An 'exclamation mark' (!) shows that someone says something with strong emotions like anger, surprise, happiness, etc. Take a look at the following examples:

Get out of the room now!

The cat is dying!

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Comma

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Colons and Semicolons

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Quotation Marks

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Hyphens and Dashes

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