13 Punctuation Tips You Need To Master!

The purpose of punctuation is conveying the intended idea/information/message clear without any sort of confusion and it can only be possible with proper usage of punctuation marks.

Without understanding the rules behind its usage, you’ll foot into lots of ambiguity in communicating the information to those who are away from us. Therefore, one should master the idea behind punctuation usage.

For E.g.1: See the below sentences!

Its time to eat friends!

Its time to eat, friends!

E.g.2: Below three sentences have a different expression.

Rajnikanth is on leave!

Rajnikanth is on leave?

Rajnikanth is on leave.

E.g.3: Check this…

Fields are Closed. No trespassing violators will be prosecuted.

Fields are closed. No trespassing, violators will be prosecuted.

Every sentence should start with a capital letter and end with either full stop/question mark/an exclamatory mark in the end. Please scroll down to know what are those rules.

13 Punctuation Tips You Need To Master

1.Comma,

  • To separate items in the list
  • After an adjective describing a noun or to divide adjectives
  • To separate two independent clauses
  • After a phrase/idiom
  • After the introductory phrase,
  • To break/pause the sentence
  • In the direct speech
  • To introduce question tags

2.Full Stop.

  • To end the declarative sentence
  • After a completed statement
  • After abbreviations
  • In the ellipsis

3.Exclamation Mark!

  • To indicate a strong feeling/anger/love

4.Question Mark?

  • When you ask a question?

5.Colon:

  • It is used when listing things:
  • Used with a descriptive title in the heading

6.Semi Colon;

  • -Used to join the connected sentences
  • – To assemble/organize an exceptionally descriptive/detailed lists
  • – Most of the time it is very difficult to remember its usage, so just omit it, when you are not sure about its usage.

7.Apostrophe’

  • To indicate possession/ownership
  • To indicate the omitted letters.

8.Quotation/speech marks””, ‘’

Double quotation marks: Used to mark somebody’s speech, also to mark others speech

Single quotation marks: To mark a word/phrase, quotation by someone, or in discussion.

9.Hyphen –

  • To link words together.

10.Brackets (), [], {}

() – Circle brackets

  • To make a point which is not part of the main sentence.

[ ] – Square brackets

  • To abbreviate lengthy quotations
  • To adjust any quotation to that of yours

{} – Flower brackets

  • They are used for various special purposes such as mathematical expressions, combinations, formulas, two or more lines of text that denote something.

12.Slash/

  • Used instead of (OR)

13.Ellipsis…

  • This is something that is used to denote the omission of certain words/phrases that is understood/referring to

With the above punctuation rules make your writing neater & clearer with better expression and understanding.

With the small change in punctuation usage, the entire meaning of the sentence changes and lead to a bad situation. So, please master the above rules and stay master in communicating your written piece of information through emails, microblogging and other places.

-E. Hemachandra Prasad

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