End Punctuation

Learning Objective:

  • Identify the correct end punctuation to use in a sentence.

In this lesson, you will learn how to use end punctuation in Standard EnglishThe established, widely recognized version of English that includes proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar and avoids regional expressions, jargon, slang, and obsolete and invented words.. Writers choose specific punctuation marksMarks such as such as a comma (,), period (.), question mark (?), and exclamation mark (!), among others, that help break a writing into phrases, clauses, and sentences. Different types of punctuation marks give the reader different impressions of the writer’s purpose in that sentence. to show the reader where a sentenceA group of words, phrases, or clauses that expresses a complete thought. A complete sentence has these characteristics: a capitalized first word, a subject and a predicate, and end punctuation, such as a period (.), question mark (?), or exclamation mark (!). ends. Different types of punctuation marks give the reader different impressions of the writer's purposeThe reason the writer is writing about a topic. It is what the writer wants the reader to know, feel, or do after reading the work. in that sentence. For example, if the writer is asking a question, the writer will use a question mark (?). If a writer wants to show excitement or make a shocking statement, he or she will use an exclamation point (!). Of course, if the writer is making a more general statement, he or she will use the most common form of end punctuation: the period (.).

Keep in mind that exclamation points can be overused.  When you write an email that is full of exclamation points, people might think that you are shouting, overexcited, or even insincerely excited.