Semicolon (;) When to Use a Semicolon in English

Learn how and when to use a semicolon (;) in English with semicolon rules and examples. The semicolon generally connects two complete sentences, showing that they are closely related. Semicolon (;) What is a semicolon? The symbol (;) is called a semicolon. It consists of a dot above a comma ( ; ). The punctuation … Read more

Exclamation Mark/ Exclamation Point (!) Rules & Examples

(!) An exclamation mark (UK) / exclamation point (US) is like the full stop or period—it is generally used at the end of a sentence. It is used to show sentences that express strong feelings or a command, emphasize something, or represent something said loudly or forcefully. Exclamation Mark / Exclamation Point (!) What is … Read more

Question Mark (?) When to Use Question Marks in English

The question mark (?) indicates that a question is being asked directly in a sentence or phrase. For indirect questions, English uses a different device, explained below. Using question marks for indirect questions is a common mistake made by English learners. The punctuation mark (?), when you stop to think about it, is an oddly … Read more

Full Stop (. ) When to Use a Full Stop (UK) / a Period (US)

A full stop (UK) or period (US) is a dot (. ) that signals the end of a sentence. It is also used to show the presence of an abbreviation in American English. Full Stop  / Period (.) What is a full stop? The full stop signals that one sentence has ended, and another is … Read more