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List of punctuation marks in English grammar you may have forgotten, know when to use them

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2020-08-01 13:33:28

Punctuation marks when properly used makes your sentences more comprehensible and easy to understand both to the listener and the reader.

Having a good knowledge of the basic punctuation marks in English language enables you to express yourself fluently while speaking and writing.

There are lots of punctuation marks we were taught in both primary and secondary school levels that are commonly used in English language that makes our art of speaking and writing clear.

The punctuation marks are - full stop or period, parentheses, question mark, apostrophe, exclamation point, colon, hyphen, quotation marks, ellipsis, comma, semicolon, dash, brackets and braces . 

Let's take a quick look at the meaning of these punctuation marks

Full stop or period (.) 

This punctuation mark is used at the end of any sentence that makes a meaning or sentences that are complete and coherent. 

Semicolon (;) 

Semicolon is used to attach independent clauses. It indicates how close the clauses in a sentence are and it's grammatically right to use a semicolon in this context than a period.

Question mark (?)

Question mark is used to point out a direct question that is asked at the end of a sentence.

Exclamation point (!)

This punctuation mark is used when emphasis is being made or when a sudden expression is made also.

Colon (:) 

Colon is used in three cases. The first - colon is used after a word introducing a quotation, the second - colon is used during an explanation, an example the third - colon is used in a series.

Dash (-)

Dash is used to break up words into statements and there are two every day types of dashes which are en dash and em dash.

Comma (,)

Comma is used to separate ideas or views within the structure of a sentence. This punctuation mark is also used when writing dates, numbers and in letter writing after the salutation and closing of the letter.

 Hyphen (-)

This punctuation mark is used to attach two or more words together into a compound term that cannot be separated by spaces. 

Braces ({})

Braces are used to accommodate two or more lines of listed items or text to indicate that they are seen as a unit. 

Ellipsis(...)

This is most primarily indicated with three periods (. . . ) although it is demonstrated with three asterisks (***) on rare occasions.

Parentheses ( () ) 

This punctuation mark are curved symbols used to accommodate additional perceptions or unforgettable remarks. Notwithstanding, commas can be used in place of parentheses and still retain the meaning of the sentence.

Apostrophe (')

Apostrophe is used to show that a letter or set of letters were omitted form a possessive case or a word. It also shows the plural of lowercase letters. 

Brackets ([])

Brackets are usually squared symbols used to explain technicalities or to show clearer meanings of an argument. Notwithstanding, the sentence will still make meaning when the information in the brackets are removed. 

Quotations marks (" ") 

This punctuation marks are used to show case meanings of words and to indicate the surprising or uncertain position of a word.

They are also a pair of notation used basically to mark the beginning and end of a passage assigned to another word or a repeated word. 

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