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Punctuating sentences

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Summary

Punctuating sentences

In a nutshell

Different types of punctuation serve different purposes in a sentence. In this summary, you will learn how to use different types of punctuation in a sentence.



Punctuation

Punctuation is important because it helps to make text easier to read and understand. There are different types of punctuation that can be used in sentences.



Full stops

Full stops are used to show where a sentence ends.


Example

I can't wait for my trip to the beach. I am going to build a sandcastle.



Exclamation marks

Exclamation marks are sometimes used to replace the full stop in sentences and are used to show strong feelings. They are often used when trying to show strong emotions such as excitement, anger or surprise. They can also be used to show that someone is shouting or when giving commands.


Tip: Remember, never use more than one exclamation mark at the end of a sentence.

Examples
  • She was really angry!
  • I can't believe it
  • Don't do that!



Question marks

All questions need a question mark. Question marks show the end of a question. 


Examples
  • What should we do?
  • Are you sure?
  • Do you want to stroke the cat?



Ellipsis

Ellipses, (...), are three dots at the end of a sentence. Ellipses, (which is the plural form of the word ellipsis) leave a sentence unfinished and add mystery and suspense to a piece of writing.


Examples
  • Slowly, he crept into the dark cave...
  • She wasn't sure what was going on. Then all of a sudden...


Ellipses are also used to show interrupted speech, such as when a character is shy, nervous or scared.


Example

"I...erm...I was wondering if you could help me?"

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