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Punctuation

Punctuation marks with their symbols and functions in writing.
a data set by katrinamartin
created November 20, 2016
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NameSymbolUseExample
Period.Used to end a declarative or imperative sentence.The dog is brown.
Question Mark?Used to end an interrogative sentenceWhat time is it?
Exclamation Point!Used to end an exclamatory sentenceCongratulations!
Quotation Marks" "Used at the beginning and end of a phrase that was spoken or written"Look over there," she said.
Apostrophe'Used to show possession or as a substitute for a missing letter in a contractionI can't wait.
Comma,Used to separate phrases or items in a listWe bought milk, eggs, and bread.
Parantheses( )Used to separate explanations or comments within a sentenceRebecca (the oldest) was first in line.
Colon:Used before a list or to separate hours and minutes in timeHe built three things: a table, a chair, and a bed.
Semicolon;Used to separate phrases in a compound sentence or items in a listJuly was hot; August was hotter.
Hyphen-Used between parts of a compound word or nameThe two-year-old baby just learned how to talk.
Ellipsis...Used to show that part of the text has been intentionally eliminated2, 4, 6 ... 20
Bullet PointUsed to show items on a listThings to buy: • Peanut Butter • Jelly • Bread
DashUsed to separate parts of a sentence or to show a period of time or space between two itemsShe worked here from 1999-2008.
Slash/Used to show alternatives, fractions, or ratesYou can eat and/or drink at the party.
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