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How to Learn Corporate English Series - 11 FAQs Most Important Punctuations  in English Grammar

FAQs Which are the 11 most important punctuations in English Grammar?

Question Mark - (?)

This is used at the end of the sentence which is a question.

Examples:

Who are you?

When is the train leaving?

What are you eating?

Where is my pen?

Comma (,)

Comma is used in longer sentences to separate information for easy readability.

It is also used in a sentence to separate items in a list.

Examples:

We need to buy vegetables, fruits and spices.

Ram, Shyam and Mohan are going to school.

Hyphen (-)

Hyphen links two or more words so that the words work as one idea. The words are known as compound nouns. Hyphen join words.

Examples:

ice-cream

truck-driver

sign-in

Dashes (____)

Dashes are like brackets. They help add extra information.

Examples:

Please call my friend—Ramesh—on Saturday.

Parentheses ( )

There are brackets used to add extra or non essential material in sentences.

Examples:

Mohan (the boy from the village) helped me with my luggage.

Exclamation Mark ( ! )

They indicate anger, surprise, horror, excitement etc.

Examples:

Yes! I will teach you.

Oh! That is a great new car.

Wow! I can't believe this.

No! I will not help you.

Stop! Who are you?

Ellipsis (…)

This indicates that material has been left out or omitted in a quotation.

Examples:

He opened the door . . . and saw . . . a lion!

I never felt . . .  

Full Stop (.)

They mark the end of a sentence.

To indicate word this has been abbreviated.

Dates and numbers punctuation

Examples:

U.S.A

Mr.Ram left.

Show starts on Sunday.

His name is Raman.

Colon (:)

It is used to indicate that a quotation list or summary is about to follow.

It is also used to separate an initial clause/sentence from a second list, clause or phrase that supports the first in a particular way.

Examples:

I eat healthy vegetables: cucumber, carrots, cabbages and broccoli.

To Whom It May Concern:

Dear Sir or Madam:

Semicolon (;)

It separates complete sentences that are closely linked.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

My favorite teachers are Mrs. Laxmi, my math teacher; Mrs. Radha, my science teacher; and Mr. Ram, my economics teacher.

Apostrophe (’)

It is used for contractions

Show possessiveness or ownership

Examples:

Don’t

It’ll

She’ll

The lion’s tail

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