What do you put at the end of a sentence? It is called punctuation. Learn more about the different types of punctuation marks. Read on.


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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:

      . (period)
      , (comma)
      ; (semicolon)
      : (colons)
      ? (question mark)
      ! (exclamation)

Period (.)

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.

Comma (,)

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.

Semicolon (;)

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.

Colon (:)

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 question.


  • Have you done your homework?

Exclamation Mark (!)

An exclamation mark is used after interjection and sentences expressing sudden emotion.


  • What a terrible fire!


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Punctuation http://www.nyu.edu/classes/copyXediting/Punctuation.html

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