Most people do not like formal writing and they certainly don’t like to learn about the rules of punctuation.
However, if a person wants to communicate effectively, they will have to learn how to use proper punctuation and basic grammatical rules. [I already wrote a complete guide Parts of Speech in English Grammar, you may check this resource to strengthen your basic English grammar]
Knowing how to use punctuation will keep a person from looking illiterate when they communicate messages and it will also help to give some credibility to their written information.
In general, there are 14 Punctuation marks are in English Grammar and those are:
I will explain all these 14 Punctuation marks below on this article.
The period is the best-known punctuation mark in writing. This particular mark is used at the ending of a sentence.
It is designed to keep sentences from running on into long passages. Periods were not used that often in the past.
In the olden days, people had a tendency to write lengthy passages. Run-on sentences just reflected how people communicated and reasoned. In modern times, people talk in short and quick terms. So, periods are used with more frequency since sentences are a lot smaller.
Here are some examples of how to use a period:
When people write questions they need a way to make them different from a standard sentence.
Remember, a standard sentence just relays information or facts, just explains something or tells people what is happening.
However, a question makes inquiries or seeks to find something out. Sometimes questions are used to make people think or reflect.
A question mark is used in writing to alert the reader that they should be trying to figure out or answer what they are being asked.
Here are some examples of how to use a question mark:
The exclamation point simply alerts a reader that someone is angry, shouting, really upset, giving someone or something a command, threatening, startled or they are trying to emphasize [External Link] something.
It is not commonly used in writing because it would just make people think that the writer is very angry about a subject or issue or that they are transmitting hate, dislike or chaos to the reader.
Exclamation points are used with caution and are rare in writing.
Here some examples of how to use an exclamation point:
The comma separates elements and ideas within a sentence. They are used to keep separate words or pieces of information from running together. There are multiple ways to use commas. The three basic ways will be presented here.
Here are some examples of how to use commas:
The semicolon is designed to join to separate clauses.
Here is are some examples of how to use a semicolon:
It is often used for emphasis, when joining two sentences where the second emphasis the first and after a word that introduces an explanation, quotation, series or example.
Here are some examples of how to use semicolons:
The dash is used to separate words into statements. There are two types of dash. One type is known as “en” and the other is known as “em”.
Here is an example for each one:
The hyphen is used to join certain words together. For example, 10-years-old, part-time, well-known, est.
The bracket is used for emphasis.
Here is an example of how to use a bracket:
Braces are often utilized by writers to show that certain information belongs together. They are not commonly used in basic writing [External Link].
Here an example of how to use braces:
Parenthesis are typically used for qualifying marks. They are also used to contain further thought.
Here is an example for parenthesis:
When a writer wants to omit letters from a word, display the possessive case of a word or form the plural of a lowercase of letters; they use the apostrophe.
Here are some examples for the apostrophe:
Quotation marks are used to emphasis unusual words or they can be utilized for quoting a person or show the begging or end of passage.
Here are some examples of quotation marks:
Ellipses help to keep writing brief and they are also used to jump from one phrase to another.
Here are some examples of how to use an ellipse:
This is a complete overview of the list of punctuation marks that are commonly used in English writing. The punctuation examples presented here can be used to improve any person’s writing ability and their ability to master the English language.
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