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HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE PUNCTUATION

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Every sentence requires proper punctuation to bring out the precise meaning of it.Yes, you may put a punctuation on your sentence but how effectively you put them is really what matters because they could bring out a different meaning than you meant when writing the sentence to deliver the intended message.Here is a list of punctuation and how they can be effectively used:

 

1) Full stop .It’s placed at the end of complete statements and after abbreviations.E.g. You are amazing.
2) Exclamation marks!Commonly used when a person wants to express a sudden outcry and add emphasis.e.g. “Oh my god!” Monica has a puppy.
3) Question marks?Used to indicate a direct question. E.g. When are we going out?
4) Hyphen -Used between parts of a compound name or between syllables of a word.e.g.  Mr. Sting-Kevin’s
5) Comma ,Used to separate ideas or items within the structure of a sentence, also in the salutation part of a letter.E.g. Kevin bought a collection of pink, white and black outfits.      Dear Sir,
6) Colon :Used after a word introducing an explanation

or a series. Also used to separate the hour and minute within time expressions.e.g. 3:30 a.m.
7) Semicolon ;Used to connect independent clauses.E.g. Monica was hurt; she knew he only said it out of anger.
8) Apostrophes ‘Use to indicate the omission of a letter or letters from a word, form possessives, form plurals.E.g. Chris’s dog bites      The yes’s and the no’s
9) Quotation marks “ “Used to indicate the unusual dubious status of a word.E.g. She claims to be “holier than though.”
10) Ellipses ***Indicate the omission of letters or words.
11) Brackets [ ]Used for technical explanations.
12) Parentheses ( )Used to hold further thoughts.E.g. Kevin and Monica (who are from different parents) both have brown hair.
13) Braces { } Used to contain two or more lines of text or listed items to show that they are considered as a unit
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