Rules of Punctuations

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Period
Colon
Dash
Exclamation Point
Apostrophe
Parentheses
Question Mark
Quotation Marks
Brackets
Comma
Ellipsis
Underlining/Italics
Semicolon
Hyphen
Spacing

Please note that some of the words below are in bold print to help them stand out. Also, this is certainly not an all-inclusive list of rules.

The rules below have been researched using numerous sources. Some punctuation has more than one acceptable rule, and in those cases I have tried to include the variations.

PERIOD

Use a period at the end of a sentence.

Example: I enjoyed the movie.

Use a period after an initial.

Example: M. E. Kerr is a wonderful author.

Use a period after an abbreviation.

Example: We welcomed Mrs. Simmons to our team.

Use a period as a decimal point.

Example: The workers received a 2.1 percent raise.

Use a period to separate dollars and cents.

Example: The book cost $4.95.

Use a period after each number…

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