Student Resources Punctuation. The student resource pages provide a useful tips for school-age students to help form and shape their written work.
The ability to use good punctuation tends to separate average writers from good writers. Being aware of and competent at using various forms of punctuation allows students to express their thoughts more clearly and effectively.
Full Stop (.) Is used at the end of a sentence.
Example: It's a cold day.
Colon (:) Is used to announce a list or summary.
Example: The battle was a great struggle: hard, tough, and difficult.
Semi-Colon (;) Is used to separate two sentences that have a close link.
Example: He has blue eyes; she has green eyes.
Comma (,) Is used to separate long chunks of information into readable units.
Example: I bought eggs, bread, bacon and milk at the supermarket.
Question Mark (?) Is used at the end of a sentence that asks a question.
Example: Can we go to the movies today?
Exclamation Mark (!) Is used at the end of a statement.
Example: You are fantastic!
Apostrophe (') possessive Is used to demonstrate ownership of something.
Example: Paul's car is fast.
Apostrophe (') contraction Is used to indicate a shortened version of a word.
Example: I can't go today.
Speech Marks ('') Is used to bracket words someone has said.
Example: "I want to buy new shoes," said Julie.
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Merrick, D. (2009) Blake's Grammar Guide for primary students. Pascal Press
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