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Intermediate F.Sc F.A ICS English Punctuation Marks

 Intermediate F.Sc F.A ICS English Punctuation Marks

                                  Punctuation Marks:

Punctuation marks are symbols that are used to aid the clarity and comprehension of written languages. Some common punctuation marks are the period, comma, question mark, exclamation point, apostrophe, quotation mark and hyphen. punctuation marks are signals to the readers.

Punctuation Marks: Apostrophe
Symbol: '
Definition: A apostrophe is used as a substitute for a missing letter or letters in a word (as in the contraction of cannot = can't) to show the possessive case (Ali's room), and in the plural of letters, some numbers and abbreviations. Note: groups of years no longer require an apostrophe (for example, the 1950s or the 90s)
Example: I don't think he will win the game. I can't see the cat's tail.

Punctuation Marks: Colon
Symbol:  :
Definition: A colon is used before a list or quote. A colon is used to separate hours and minutes. A colon is used to separate elements of a mathematical ratio.
Example:  There are many punctuation marks: period, comma, colon, and others. The time is 12:45. The ratio of girls to boys is 6:5.

Punctuation Marks: Comma
Symbol:  ,
Definition: A comma is used to separate phrases or items in a list. It is used to suggest a pause during a conversation.
Example:  She bought milk, eggs and bread.

Punctuation Marks: Ellipsis
Symbol:  ...
Definition: An ellipsis is used to indicate that part of the text has been intentionally been left out.
Example:  0,2,4, ... , 100

Punctuation Marks: Exclamation Point
Symbol:  !
Definition: An exclamation point is used to show excitement or emphasis. It is used to express extreme feelings such as anger, surprise, joy and sorrow.
Example:  It is cold! Hurrah! Alas! Wow!

Punctuation Marks: Hyphen
Symbol:  -
Definition: A hyphen is used between parts of a compound word or name. It is also used to split a word by syllables to fit in a line of text.
Example:  The sixteen-year old girl is full-time student.

Punctuation Marks: Parentheses
Symbol:  ()
Definition: Parentheses are curved lines used to separate explanations or qualifying statements within a sentence. The part in the parentheses is called a parenthetical remark.
Example:The population of Singapore (now 4 million) is likely to increase even further.

Punctuation Marks: Period
Symbol:  .
Definition: A period is used to note the end of a declarative sentence.
Example: I see a dog.

Punctuation Marks: Question Mark
Symbol:  ?
Definition: A question mark is used at the end of a question.
Example: Where are you going?

Punctuation Marks: Quotation Mark
Symbol:  "
Definition: Quotation marks are used at the beginning and end of a phrase to show that it is being written exactly as it was originally said or written.
Example: She said, "Let's eat."

Punctuation Marks: Semicolon
Symbol:  ;
Definition: A semicolon separates two independent clauses in a compound sentence. It actually separates two distinct but related sentences. A semicolon is also used to separate items in a series.
Example: Class was canceled today; Mr. Smith was home sick. Relatives at the reunion included my older brother, Ali; my cousin, Saima; and my great-aunt.

Written By: Asad Hussain