Grammar Lessons: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Marks
- Use a period at the end of a declarative sentence, a sentence that is a request, and one that includes a mild command.
- Our blue couch will soon be replaced. (declarative sentence)
- Please help me. (request)
- Let's be quiet. (mild command)
- Use a period after abbreviations.
- Dr. (Doctor) Mr. (Mister) ft. (foot) in. (inch)
- Use a question mark at the end of an interrogative sentence.
- Have you finished your dinner, Sven?
Note: The speaker's exact words should be placed within the quotation marks. If those words form a question, place the question mark inside the quotation marks.
- Jason asked, ''Is this my slice of pizza?''
Note: If the speaker's exact words are a statement but are within a sentence that asks a question, place the question mark outside the quotation marks.
- Did Mollie say, ''Tomorrow is the deadline''?
- This is too good to be true!
Note: If a speaker's exact words require an exclamation mark, place that mark within the quotation marks.
- ''What a great performance!'' Emma remarked to James.
Note: If a speaker's exact words are a statement, and the entire sentence is an exclamation, place the exclamation mark outside the quotation marks.
- It is hard to believe that Mark ever said, ''I think that you're right''!
Place the appropriate periods, questions marks, and exclamation marks as needed. All other punctuation marks have already been inserted.
- Can you remember your previous four phone numbers, Kyle
- ''I wish that this test was already over,'' John Smithers said
- Sheryl asked, ''Have any of those chickens crossed the road yet''
- Great You can see that these are the winning lottery numbers
- Should these plants be moved into the shed for the season
- Jackson exclaimed, ''This party is absolutely terrific''
- Did Anne say, ''My coat is in the auditorium''
- What is that extremely annoying sound
- Please take that book to the bookmobile, Chauncey
- Let's see what surprises the workers have in store for us
- ''Was John Lewis with you during the experiment'' the professor asked her assistant
- Tell all of them to get down here immediately—or else
- Please call the housekeeper when you get a chance
- The office manager asked his maintenance official, ''When will you be able to have your workers wash these windows''
- ''Did William Shakespeare, the renowned playwright, really write all of those plays, or did somebody else write some, or most, or all of them'' the English teacher asked her students
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