How to Use Punctuations

The use of punctuation marks is a sign of a properly constructed sentence. Nowadays, in the age of cryptic messaging and internet slangs, we often find misuse or neglect of proper punctuation in sentences.

When a school article needs to be submitted or a business proposal needs to be written, one has to be mindful of how to use correct punctuation. Uses of punctuation marks are usually taught in school level grammar classes. Whether you have learnt English as a first or second language, how to use punctuations is a fundamental subject in the English language and is taught in all schools which teach English language.

Punctuation marks are of various kinds and we see a short summary of the different marks and their uses below:

How to Use Punctuations The comma is used to separate a number of names or objects which are mentioned in a series, or as a break in a long sentence: E.g. He bought butter, bread and tea leaves from the shop. Having to walk a long way to reach home, he felt tired.

A sentence can be ended in three ways. The full stop is used to denote the end of a sentence whereas the question mark is used at the end of an interrogatory remark or question. The exclamation mark is used at the end of a sentence expressing surprise or emphasis. For instance – After school, Sheila usually walked home with her friends. How are you today? What a difficult exam that was!

The hyphen was used in earlier days of typewriting to signify continuance of a word; nowadays, hyphen is used to write a set of words together as well as when stating numbers: Are you up-to-date with the latest news in the world scenario? He turns twenty-nine this December.

The dash on the other hand, is used as a break in a sentence: And this brought an end to our journey – or so we thought.

The double quotation mark or single quotation mark have different uses in the English language. To quote something or someone, we use the double quotation marks while the single quotation mark is used to denote possession or as a short form opposed to it is, he is, she is and so forth: “I will go”, he said. He’s not coming in today. It’s a long way from home.

The slash is often used to denote not mutually exclusive items: You can bring along your passport and/or birth certificate.

Thus, the above rules show, in a nutshell, how to use correct punctuation marks in a sentence.

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