Punctuation marks are written symbols that do not correspond
to either sounds of a spoken language or words, and phrases of a written
language, but which serve to organize or clarify written language.
Frequently used Punctuation marks are:
A period is used
to mark the end of a sentence. It represents a pause and separation between sentences.
- Come to the garden with me. We can see the flowers.
A comma is used to separate a
series of words or phrases in the same sentence. It represents a short pause between the words or phrases.
- He wrote his English lesson neatly, quickly, and correctly.
A semicolon is used to separate the clauses of compound sentence, when they
contain a comma. It represents a pause of greater importance than that shown
by the comma.
- He was a small, funny man; and he wore a tall, red-striped hat.
A colon marks a pause than introduces something such as a list, phrase, quotation,
or even just a word.
- For school today you need to bring: a notebook, a sharpened pencil, and an eraser.
Question Mark (?)
A question mark is used to end a sentence, when the sentence is a direct
- Have you done your homework?
Exclamation Mark (!)
An exclamation mark is used after interjection and sentences expressing