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Punctuation can be tough for numerous reasons, for one thing it’s not uniform, meaning that there isn’t one single situation where you use a punctuation mark, it varies by situation and interacts with the components of the sentence, so it can be tough to know when to use it. However, that’s what our free punctuation online checker is here for! – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Top secret punctuation tips


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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
09 PARTS OF PUNCTUATION
  • Punctuation Cheat Sheet
  • Using Proper Capitalization
  • Using End-of-Sentence Punctuation Marks
  • Using Commas
  • Using Colons and Semicolons
  • Using Hyphens and Dashes
  • Using Apostrophes
  • Using Slashes
  • Using Miscellaneous Punctuation Marks

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
CHEATSHEET
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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Proper Capitalization
  • Always start a sentence with a capital letter.
  • Use capital letters to start proper nouns and
    titles.
  • Use capital letters for acronyms.
  • Examples
  • She invited her friend over after school.
  • Genghis Khan quickly became the most powerful
    man in Asia.
  • The CIA and the NSA are just two of the USA's
    many intelligence agencies.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using End of Sentence Punctuation Marks
  • Use a period to end declarative sentences and
    statements.
  • Use a question mark to end questions.
  • Use an exclamation point to end exclamatory
    sentences.
  • Examples
  • The accessibility of the computer has increased
    tremendously over the past several years.
  • What has humanity done about the growing
    concern of global warming?
  • Eek! You scared me!

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Commas
  • Use a comma to indicate a break or pause within a
    sentence.
  • Use the comma when listing items in a series.
  • Use a comma to separate two or more adjectives
    describing a noun.
  • Examples
  • Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, is the
    developer of the operating system known as
    Windows.
  • The fruit basket contained apples, bananas,
    and oranges.
  • The computer store was filled with video
    games, computer hardware and other electronic
    paraphernalia.
  • The powerful, resonating sound caught our
    attention.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Commas
  • Use a comma to separate one geographical area
    from another that is located inside.
  • Use a comma to separate an introductory phrase
    from the rest of the sentence.
  • Use the comma to separate two independent
    clauses.
  • Examples
  • I am originally from Hola, Tana River County,
    Kenya.
  • After the show, John and I went out to dinner.
  • Ryan went to the beach yesterday, but he forgot
    his sunscreen.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Commas
  • Use a comma when making a direct address.
  • Use a comma to separate direct quotations from
    the sentence introducing them.
  • Examples
  • Amber, could you come here for a moment?
  • While I was at his house, John asked, "Do you
    want anything to eat?
  • While I was at his house, John asked me if I
    wanted anything to eat.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Colons and Semicolons
  • Use a semicolon to separate two related but
    independent clauses.
  • Use a semicolon to separate a complex series of
    items.
  • Use the colon to introduce a list.
  • Examples
  • People continue to worry about the future
    our failure to conserve resources has put the
    world at risk.
  • I went to the show with Jake, my close
    friend his friend, Jane and her best friend,
    Jenna.
  • The professor has given me three options to
    retake the exam, to accept the extra credit
    assignment, or to fail the class.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Colons and Semicolons
  • Use a colon to introduce a new concept or
    example.
  • Use a colon to separate parts of a title.
  • Examples
  • There's only one person old enough to
    remember that wedding grandma.
  • Fred's favorite movie was The Lord of the
    Rings The Fellowship of the Ring, though Stacy
    preferred its sequel, The Lord of the Rings The
    Two Towers.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Hyphens and Dashes
  • Use a hyphen when adding a prefix to some words.
  • Use hyphens when creating compound words from
    several smaller words.
  • Use a hyphen when writing numbers out as words.
  • Examples
  • Cara is his ex-girlfriend.
  • The up-to-date newspaper reporters were quick
    to jump on the latest scandal.
  • There are fifty-two playing cards in a deck.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Hyphens and Dashes
  • Use a dash when making a brief interruption
    within a statement.
  • Use a hyphen to split a word between two lines.
  • Examples
  • An introductory clause is a brief phrase that
    comes yes, you guessed it at the beginning of
    a sentence.
  • This is the end of our sentence or so we
    thought.
  • No matter what else he tried, he just
    couldn't get the novel's elect- -rifying surprise
    ending out of his head.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Apostrophes
  • Use the apostrophe together with the letter s to
    indicate possession.
  • Use the single quotation mark within a regular
    quotation to indicate a quotation within a
    quotation.
  • Examples
  • The hamster's water tube needs to be
    refilled.
  • In the pet store, the hamsters' bedding
    needed to be changed.
  • These children's test scores are the highest
    in the nation.
  • Friends of hers explained that it's her idea,
    not theirs, to refill the hamster's water tube
    and change its bedding.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Apostrophes
  • Don't use apostrophes with s to make a plural
    noun from a singular.
  • Examples
  • Ali said, "Anna told me, 'I wasn't sure if
    you wanted to come!'
  • CORRECT - apple ? apples
  • INCORRECT - apple ? apple's

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Slashes
  • Use the slash to separate and and or, when
    appropriate.
  • Use the slash when quoting lyrics and poetry to
    denote a line break.
  • Also use the slash to replace the word and to
    join two nouns.
  • Examples
  • To register, you will need your driver's
    license and/or your birth certificate.
  • Row, row, row your boat / Gently down the
    stream. / Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, /
    Life is but a dream.
  • "The student and part-time employee has very
    little free time." ?
  • "The student/part-time employee has very little
    free time."

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Miscellaneous Punctuation Marks
  • Use the double quotation mark ( " ) to enclose a
    direct quotation, whether spoke by a person or
    taken from a written source.
  • Use parentheses to clarify.
  • Examples
  • "I can't wait to see him perform!" John
    exclaimed. According to the article, the value of
    the dollar in developing nations is "strongly
    influenced by its aesthetic value, rather than
    its face value.
  • Steve Case (AOL's former CEO) resigned from
    the Time-Warner board of directors in 2005.

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Miscellaneous Punctuation Marks
  • Use parentheses to denote an afterthought.
  • Use parentheses for personal comments.
  • Examples
  • You will need a flashlight for the camping
    trip (don't forget the batteries!).
  • Most grammarians believe that parentheses and
    commas are always interchangeable (I disagree).

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CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH PUNCTUATION
Using Miscellaneous Punctuation Marks
  • Use brackets to signify an editor's note in a
    regular piece of writing.
  • Use braces to denote a numeric set in mathematics.
  • Examples
  • "The blast was absolutely devastating,"
    said Susan Smith, a local bystander at the scene
    of the incident.
  • The set of numbers in this problem are
    1, 2, 5, 10, 20
  • Choose your favorite utensil fork, knife, spoon
    and bring it to me.

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