11 Punctuation Marks Everyone Needs to Master
There are many punctuation marks , and here , I am going to focus on some of them -the most used ones.
In this article we will cover the commonly used punctuation marks in English. No more confusion!
1- Capital Letters
- For the first letter of a sentence.
Fishing is popular in Britain
- For countries , nationalities , languages , religions , names of people , places , events , organizations , trademarks , days , months , titles.
Africa , Moslem , John , Jaguar , Sunday , Mr.
- For titles of books , films , etc.
- For abbreviations / acronyms ike organisations names, Companies and brands…. OPEC , WWF
2- Full stop / period:
- – At the end of a sentence.
I’m going for a walk.
- – Sometimes after an abbreviation.
Dr. Jane B.S.
- – As the decimal point in figures and amounts of money . This is usually read out as ‘point’.
- – to separate parts of email and web addresses . This is read out as ‘dot’ .
3- Question mark: ?
- – After a direct question.
- – To show doubt.
4- Exclamation mark: !
I can’t believe it !
– To indicate a loud sound .
5- Comma: ,
- Between items in a list.
I need new shirt , pants , and a cap.
- to show a pause in a long sentence .
They didn’t want to eat before I’d arrived , but I was an hour late.
**P.S : using comma is necessary when you write a time clauses , but clauses , although clauses …. etc . We might talk about this later In sha’a Allah-
- When you want to add extra information.
Ahmed , who I told you about before , will visit us tonight.
- Before tag question.
You do love me , don’t you?
6- Apostrophe : ‘
- For missing letters: for example: I’ll *I will* , don’t *Do not
- For possessives: for example: students’ books, Ahmed’s car
- To introduce a list or a quotation in a sentence .
You need the following: paint , brushes and water
- In the greeting in a letter.
9- Hyphen: –
- To join two words together .
- To show that a word has been divided and continues on the next line.
Kate is Three–years old.
- – To separate parts of sentences.
- The man _ the one with black hair _ staring at me.
- – To mean to.
- The Manchester-Liverpool train is too fast.
11- Inverted commas.” ” or ‘ ‘
- To show that words are spoken.
‘ Let’s go’ he said.
- Proper punctuation Saves Lives , Grandma!” :)
😓 “Let’s eat Grandma!”
😋 Correction: “Let’s eat, Grandma! ^^