The Writing Studio. Punctuation Workshop. Punctuation. System of signals used by writers to communicate with readers End Punctuation Internal Punctuation. End Punctuation. Punctuation marks that terminate one sentence or thought and separate it from the next. Period ( . )
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Punctuation marks that terminate one sentence or thought and separate it from the next.
Period Benjamin Franklin was a great inventor and American patriot.
Exclamation Point I can’t believe you
said that !
Question Mark What time is it ?
Punctuation marks that serve to combine, introduce, enclose, or indicate omission or grammatical function within a sentence.
The period also serves as internal punctuation to indicate omission and create abbreviations (Jr., Sr., etc.).
Marks that separate and combine: comma, semicolon, slash, hyphen
Marks that separate and introduce: comma, colon, dash
Marks that separate and enclose: comma, dash, parentheses, quotation marks, brackets
Marks that indicate omission: ellipsis marks, apostrophe
Separate and Combine Tom is sick, but he should be well in a few days.
Separate and Introduce According to the weather report, it
is going to snow this weekend.
Separate and Enclose Marilyn Monroe, whose real name
was Norma Jean, was an actress.
Separate and Introduce Most Americans have Thanksgiving dinner at thesame time--half time.
Separate and Enclose Movies--science fiction movies--
express the creativity of the writer.
Semicolon All students take English 1100; it is a
Colon There are three people in that car: Tom,
Dick, and Harry.
Parentheses Thanks to Henry Ford (inventor of the car)
we are riding in style.
Quotation Marks He said, “I know that guy. I went to school
Brackets That show [Seinfeld] is one of the funniest
I have ever seen.
Ellipsis Marks I pledge allegiance to the flag. . .and to
the Republic for which it stands. . .
Apostrophe I’ve tried to tell her, but she
Slash Writer/Director Woody Allen is a very
Hyphen Timothy is a well-deserving recipient
of the prize.