What is punctuation?
Punctuation is a process in which marks are used indicating pauses and separation of sentences in such a way to make their meaning of written communication clear. In writing these symbols/marks are called punctuation marks.
List of Punctuation marks:
The principal punctuation marks are –
1. Full stop ( . )
2. Comma ( , )
3. Semicolon ( ; )
4. Colon ( : )
5. Apostrophe ( ‘ )
6. Question mark ( ? )
7. Note of exclamation ( ! )
8. Dash ( – )
9. Hyphen ( – )
10. Quotation mark (” ”)/(‘ ‘)
The list of punctuation marks, indications, uses, and examples are given below:
1. Punctuation mark: Full stop
Symbol : ( . )
Indication: Closure of a complete sentence.
👉 Generally at the end of an assertive sentence or statement and imperative sentence.
a. I live in a village.
b. They play football on the field.
c. Do not run in the sun.
👉 After initials of the names and abbreviations.
M.B.B.S., U.K., U.S.A., M.L.A., M.P., Prof., Dr.,B.C.Pal, A.P.J.Kalam etc.
👉 It is used at the end of the address.
13, Bankim Chandra Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
2. Punctuation mark: Comma
Symbol : ( , )
Indication: Short pause
a. Between words of the same part of speech for short pause, but it does not use before the last word. The last two words are connected by the conjunctions ‘and’ ‘or’.
👉 Read, listen, or speak English.
👉 Rahul, Ram, Priti, and Shyam are all friends.
b. It is used before and after nouns or noun phrases in appositions.
👉 We, the people of the village, feel proud of this work.
👉 My sister, Mita, has stood 1st in the final examination.
👉 Rabindranath Tagore, a great poet, won the Nobel prize.
c. Used while writing dates.
👉 August 15, 1947
👉 Friday, May 17, 2010
d. Used to separate question tag from the sentence.
👉 He is intelligent, isn’t he?
👉 It is a sweet fruit, isn’t it?
👉 Ram is an honest boy, isn’t he?
e. Used after yes and no.
👉 Yes, they can do it.
👉 No, you will not come here.
f. Used after Salutation and Subscription while writing Letter.
👉 My dear parents,
👉 Yours faithfully,
3. Punctuation mark: Semicolon
Symbol : ( ; )
Indication: longer pause than a comma
a. Between coordinating clauses when they are not connected by the conjunctions and/but.
👉 To err is human; to forgive divine.
👉 We had a house; we have sold it.
b. When the coordinating clauses are connected by the conjunctions such as – so, therefore, however, also, otherwise, yet, etc.
👉 The man is honest; so everyone loves him.
👉 I am ill; therefore I do not go there.
👉 Go immediately; otherwise, we may miss the bus.
4. Punctuation mark: Colon
Symbol : ( : )
Indication: longer pause than a semicolon.
a. It is used before giving any list, an item that is separated by a comma.
👉 Please give the following fruits: mango, banana, apple
b. Sometimes to introduce before a quotation.
👉 Keats says: ”A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
👉 Wordsworth wrote: Child is the father of man.
5. Punctuation mark: Apostrophe
Symbol : ( ‘ )
Indication: Omission of letter/letters
a. If one or more letters are omitted in a word it is placed above the body of a letter.
👉 You don’t go there. ( do not = don’t )
👉 Isn’t = Is not, Can’t = Can not
👉 Won’t = Will not, We’ve = We have
b. It is not used in case of non-living things.
👉 The houses’ price ( is not correct )
👉 The price of the house ( is correct )
c. To form the possessive cases of nouns.
👉 Ram’s house is very nice.
👉 My brother’s school is located at Howrah.
d. Apostrophe with ‘s’ is used to make the plural of letters, figures, and abbreviations.
👉 There are eight ‘m’s’ in the third line.
👉 Cross your b’s and tick your f’s.
👉 That is a boys’ hostel.
👉 There is a girls’ college in my city.
6. Punctuation mark: Question mark
Alternative name: Note of interrogation
Symbol : ( ? )
Indication: Direct question
Uses: Used after an interrogative question.
👉 Can I go there?
👉 What is your name?
👉 Where does he live?
👉 How old are you?
7. Punctuation mark: Note of exclamation
Symbol : ( ! )
Indication: Expression of sudden feelings or emotions.
Used after interjections, the words and sentences to express emotions or sudden feelings such as joy, surprise, prayer, wish, sorrow, pity, etc.
👉 Hurrah! we have won the match.
👉 Alas! I am undone.
8. Punctuation mark: Dash
Symbol : ( – )
a. It is used when a sentence is incomplete.
👉 I told you because –
b. It is used to write the words in apposition.
👉 His brothers – Swapan, Dipu, Puspal – went to the market together.
c. Indicating a missing word.
👉 Go to pages 88-96
9. Punctuation mark: Hyphen
Symbol : ( – )
Indication: words/parts of words that belong together.
a. When a word is formed with two or more words then the different words are connected by a hyphen.
👉 Ex-wife, Vice-chancellor, Brother-in-law, Father-in-law, etc.
b. It is used to make compound numbers.
👉 eighty-two, ninety-three, fifty-six, etc.
c. It is used to make a compound adjective that qualifies a noun.
👉 25 year-old-girl
👉 well-known professor
10. Punctuation mark: Quotation Mark or Inverted Commas
Symbol : ( ” ” ) / ( ‘ ‘ )
a. The beginning and end of a quotation in a sentence.
👉 He said to me, ”His father will go to market”.
b. Single inverted comma is used to indicate the name of a book, song, poem, etc.
👉 Recently we have read ‘Hamlet’.
👉 The poem ‘Gitanjali’ is written by Rabindranath Tagore.
👉 The song ‘Vande Mataram’ is our national song.