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Date: Nov 22 2008

Topic: Grammar

Author: alkhader




punctuation marks

Punctuation is the system of symbols (. , ! - : etc) that we use to separate sentences and parts of sentences, and to make their meaning clear. Each symbol is called a "punctuation mark".

The Value of Punctuation
An English teacher wrote these words on the board:

woman without her man is nothing

The teacher then asked the students to punctuate the words correctly. The men wrote the top line. The women wrote the bottom line.



 Summary of Punctuation Marks

Punctuation MarkNameExample
full stop or periodfull stop or periodI like English.
commacommaI speak English, French and Thai.
semi-colonsemi-colonI don't often go swimming; I prefer to play tennis.
coloncolonYou have two choices: finish the work today or lose the contract.
hyphenhyphenThis is a rather out-of-date book.
dashdashIn each townóLondon, Paris and Romeówe stayed in youth hostels.
question markquestion markWhere is Shangri-La?
exclamation markexclamation mark"Help!" she cried. "I'm drowning!"
slash or forward slashslash, forward slash or obliquePlease press your browser's Refresh/Reload button.
double quotation marksdouble quotation marks

"I love you," she said.

single quotation markssingle quotation marks'I love you,' she said.
apostropheapostropheThis is John's car.
underlineunderlineHave you read War and Peace?
round bracketsround bracketsI went to Bagkok (my favourite city) and stayed there for two weeks.
square bracketssquare bracketsThe newspaper reported that the hostages [most of them French] had been released.
bracescurly brackets or braces{ b := a + 1
ellipsisellipsisOne happy customer wrote: "This is the best program...that I have ever seen."


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