Punctuation is an important part of writing in English.
When we speak, some of the meaning comes from our intonation and pauses. This information is lost in writing, so we use punctuation marks instead. Using punctuation marks correctly helps people to understand what you mean.
The most common punctuation marks are below.
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When you use a punctuation mark, you need to put a space after it. Don't use a space before the punctuation mark.
We use a full stop at the end of a sentence.
We use a question mark at the end of a question.
We use an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence to show surprise or strong emotion.
Commas have a lot of uses in English. We use them to indicate a pause, to separate items in a list, with some conjunctions, and to set off non-essential clauses within a sentence.
We use a semi colon to separate items in a list, and to join two independent clauses.
We use a colon to introduce a list or a quotation.
We use apostrophes in possessive nouns and contractions.
We use quotation marks to show that the phrase was spoken by someone.