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Summary of Punctuation Marks

Punctuation is the system of symbols (. , ! - : etc) that we use to separate sentences and parts of sentences, and to make their meaning clear. Each symbol is called a "punctuation mark".

Mark Name Example
. full stop/period I like English.
, comma I speak English, French and Thai.
; semi-colon I don't often go swimming; I prefer to play tennis.
: colon You have two choices: finish the work today or lose the contract.
- hyphen This is a rather out-of-date book.
— dash In each town—London, Paris and Rome—we stayed in youth hostels.
? question mark Where is Shangri-La?
! exclamation mark "Help!" she cried. "I'm drowning!"
/ oblique/slash Please press your browser's Refresh/Reload button.
" quotation marks "I love you," she said.
' apostrophe This is John's car.
( ) round brackets I went to Bagkok (my favourite city) and stayed there for two weeks.
[ ] square brackets The newspaper reported that the hostages [most of them French] had been released.
{ } braces  
... ellipsis One happy customer wrote: "This is the best program...that I have ever seen."