Elements of Language: 8th Grade - Punctuation 1 (Ch. 23)
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[FROM THE TEXT]
An “end mark” is a punctuation mark placed at the end of a sentence. Use a period at the end of a statement. Use a question mark at the end of a question. Use an exclamation point at the end of an exclamation. Use either a period or an exclamation point at the end of a request or a command. Many abbreviations are followed by periods. End marks are used to separate complete thoughts. “Commas,” however, are generally used to separate words or groups of words within a complete thought. Use commas to separate two or more adjectives that come before a noun. Use a comma before “and,” “but,” “for,” “nor,” “or,” “so,” or “yet” when it joins independent clauses in a compound sentence. Use commas to set off an expression that interrupts a sentence. Use commas to set off appositives and appositive phrases that are not necessary to the meaning of a sentence. Use a comma after certain introductory elements. Use commas in certain conventional situations. Use a semicolon between parts of a compound sentence if they are not joined by “and,” “but,” “for,” “nor,” “or,” “so,” or “yet.” Use a colon before a list of items, especially after expressions such as “the following” and “as follows.” Use a colon between the hour and the minute when you write the time. Use a colon after the salutation of a business letter.
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