Punctuation /pʌŋk.tʃuˈeɪ.ʃən/ is used to create sense, clarity and stress in sentences. You use punctuation marks to structure and organise your writing.
Punctuation Dictionary Definitions
The practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate elements and make the meaning clear, as in ending a sentence or separating clauses (Dictionary.com, 2023).
The act or practice of inserting standardized marks or signs in written matter to clarify the meaning and separate structural units (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2023).
The most common punctuation marks in English are: capital letters, full stops, question marks, commas, colons, semi-colons, exclamation marks and quotation marks (Cambridge Dictionary, 2023).
A basic introduction to punctuation video
A short video on punctuation and some practice exercises
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Punctuation Exercise 1
Task: Punctuate the following sentences.
vegware is an innovative companywhich produces compostable foodservice packaging from plants
ibm is one ofthe worlds most ethical companies
Vegware is an innovative company which produces compostable foodservice packaging from plants.
IBM is one of the world’s most ethical companies.
Punctuation Exercise 2
Task: Error correct these sentences.
although, 2020 was an economically challenging year uk house prices were at a record high?
people around the world need clean water to stay safe and healthy Wateraid 2021
Although 2020 was an economically challenging year, UK house prices were at a record high.
“People around the world need clean water to stay safe and healthy” (Wateraid, 2021).
Punctuation Exercise 3: a paragraph
Task: Rewrite the paragraph with the correct punctuation.
driven by consumer demand there has been a rise in the number of ethical businesses one company that prides itself on its ethical values is lush a well-known cosmetics manufacturer and retailer based in the uk their four main areas of ethics are within the products themselves the packaging the staff conditions and the philanthropic donations the products….
Driven by consumer demand, there has been a rise in the number of ethical businesses. One company that prides itself on its ethical values is Lush, a well-known cosmetics manufacturer and retailer based in the UK. Their four main areas of ethics are within the products themselves, the packaging, the staff conditions and the philanthropic donations. The products are ….
Punctuation Exercise 4: academic references
Task: punctuate these references.
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