PUNCTUATION REVIEW periods question marks exclamation marks
SYMBOLS “Do you know how to use these symbols?” ?. !
PERIODS “What is a period?” A period is a punctuation mark that is used at the end of statements, or commands, to show that a complete thought has ended. Statements are also referred to as declarative sentences. Commands are referred to as imperative sentences. Periods are also used after abbreviations.
Statements and Commands The little boy watched the dog chase the cat up a tree. I hope we will have a great time at school today. Take your coat and boots off at the door. Please get the mail out of the mailbox. Sentences one and two are statements. Sentences three and four are commands. Both need periods. 1. 2. 3. 4. EXAMPLESEXAMPLES
Abbreviations Dec. Mr. St. Fri. Jr. These are examples of abbreviations. There are others. Dr. DecemberDecember StreetStreet MisterMister DoctorDoctor DriveDrive FridayFriday JuniorJunior
Sample Question (number one) Choose the correct response. The little girl will go to the A. movie B. movie. C. movie, D. movie;
QUESTION MARKS “When do you use question marks?” A question mark is used at the end of sentences that ask something. If you need a response, you are asking a question, which is also referred to as an interrogative sentence.
Examples of questions Are you ready to go home? Yes, I am ready. QuestionsResponses Is the test in Language tomorrow? No, it is not.
Sample Which sentence needs a question mark? A. I will go with you home B. Let’s go outside to play C. Is it time to go to the movies D. The little girl smiled at the clown
EXCLAMATION MARKS “When do you use exclamation marks?” An exclamation mark is used at the end of a sentence when you are expressing strong feelings about something. These sentences are referred to as exclamations.
Examples of Exclamations What beautiful colors the sand dunes are! How thick the dust is! What a great game! All three of the sentences above show strong feelings.
Sample Question Choose the sentence that needs an exclamation mark. A. What a terrible sandstorm this is B. What time is the show C. Is it time to go home yet D. Tim is ready to take his test
We have reviewed the four kinds of sentences and the punctuation that is needed on each. It is very important to remember that every sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a punctuation mark. You are now ready to write sentences of your own. Click here to begin slides again.