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What is Punctuation

Punctuation is used to show separation between sentences, add to a sentence, express an idea or thought, combine words together and create pauses within a sentence. There is different punctuation that is used regularly in sentences.


Periods

A periods is used at the end of a sentence. It completes a sentence and is used when making a statement or comment.
Example: I have to go to school today.


Question Marks

Question marks are used at the end of a sentence when asking a question.
Example: Where did you put my shoes?


Exclamation Points

An exclamation point is used at the end of sentence to express excitement, fear or to show yelling or the exclaiming something.
Example: Stop! Help me!

Commas
Commas are used in multiple ways within sentences.
Commas can be used to show a pause in a sentence.
Example: Unfortunately, they could not find the road.
Commas are used with quotation marks when showing what someone is saying.
Example: "Today is a long day," she said, "but it is almost over".
Commas are used when listing a series of three or more words in a sentence.
Example: I have traveled to California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona this year.
Commas lastly, are used when extra information is added to a sentence.
Example: John Smith, born in February 1975, is a carpenter.

Apostrophes
Apostrophes have a few uses as well.
Use an apostrophe to show ownership of something.
Example: This is Susan's house.
Apostrophes are used when expressing ownership in plural form.
Example: The childrens' school work.
An apostrophe is used in contractions also.
Example: Don't, won't, shouldn't, wouldn't, couldn't. The apostrophe is placed where the missing letters would be.

Quotation Marks
Quotation marks are used to qoute someone directly.
Example: "Do you know where the store is," the lady asked?

Colons
A colon is used to introduce a list of items or things.
Example: There are four classes you must take: English, Math, Science and Reading.

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