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English Language Activities

Punctuation Marks in English

Mark Name Example(s)
. full stop I love Polish food.
, comma I speak Polish, Russian and English.

'World-English', as everyone knows, is the best place to study English.

; semi-colon I hate swimming; my girlfriend loves it.

Neither of us spoke; we merely waited in silence to see what would happen.

: colon You will need the following: some paper; a pencil; a pen, preferably blue or black; and your coursebook.

Joanna became a director in just four months: her father was the chief shareholder.

- hyphen He had something of a couldn't-care-less attitude to life.


dash In each country -- Egypt, India and China -- we were able to communicate in English.

The following day we had better luck - but that is another story.

? question mark Where is the railway station in Skwierzyna?
! exclamation mark "Help!" he cried. "I can't swim!"
/ slash Please press your browser's Refresh/Reload button.
" quotation marks "I think I'm falling in love with you," she said.
' apostrophe This is Simon's car.
(  ) brackets Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes) are rich in vitamin C.
[  ] (square) brackets The newspaper reported that the hostages [most of them British] had been released.
... ellipsis One satisfied customer wrote: "This is the best school ... in which I have ever studied" or in more colloquial speech "This is the best school...that I have ever studied at."