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Punctuation Matters

These punctuation terms are good to know, period. Learn what an apostrophe’s purpose is; find out what a semicolon is for. Are you confused about question marks? Probably not (although you may be mystified by parentheses). This list is sure to make you as excited as an exclamation point!
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  1. ampersand
    a punctuation mark (&) that represents the conjunction "and"
  2. apostrophe
    a mark used to indicate the omission of one or more letters
  3. asterisk
    a star-shaped character used in printing
  4. bracket
    a punctuation mark used to enclose textual material
  5. colon
    a punctuation mark used after a word introducing a series
  6. comma
    a punctuation mark (,) indicating the separation of elements
  7. dash
    a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
  8. ellipsis
    omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences
  9. exclamation point
    a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation
  10. hyphen
    a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a word
  11. parenthesis
    a punctuation mark used to enclose textual material
  12. period
    punctuation mark placed at the end of a declarative sentence
  13. question mark
    a punctuation mark (?) placed at the end of a sentence to indicate a question
  14. quotation mark
    a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
  15. semicolon
    a punctuation mark used to connect independent clauses
Created on January 6, 2017 (updated October 10, 2019)

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