Punctuation Marks

Click on the link for each punctuation mark to find out more.
Punctuation Mark
Name
Example
full stop or period
full stop or period

full stop or period
I like English.
comma
comma

comma
I speak English, French and Thai.
semi-colon
semi-colon

semi-colon
I don't often go swimming; I prefer to play tennis.
colon
colon

colon
You have two choices: finish the work today or lose the contract.
hyphen
hyphen

hyphen
This is a rather out-of-date book.
dash
dash

dash
In each town—London, Paris and Rome—we stayed in youth hostels.
question mark
question mark

question mark
Where is Shangri-La?
exclamation mark
exclamation mark

exclamation mark
exclamation point (AmE)
"Help!" she cried. "I'm drowning!"
slash or forward slash
slash or forward slash

slash, forward slash or oblique
Please press your browser's Refresh/Reload button.
backslash
backslash

backslash
C:\Users\Files\jse.doc
double quotation marks
double quotation marks

double quotation marks
"I love you," she said.
single quotation marks
single quotation marks

single quotation marks
'I love you,' she said.
apostrophe
apostrophe

apostrophe
This is John's car.
underline
underline

underline
Have you read War and Peace?
underscore
underscore

underscore
bin_lad@cia.gov
round brackets
round brackets

round brackets
I went to Bangkok (my favourite city) and stayed there for two weeks.
square brackets
square brackets

square brackets
The newspaper reported that the hostages [most of them French] had been released.
ellipsis
ellipsis

ellipsis mark
One happy customer wrote: "This is the best program...that I have ever seen."






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