English - Punctuation



Symbols that tell readers when a sentence ends.

In English, terminal punctuation, also called stops and end marks, consists of:

  • the period,
  • the exclamation mark,
  • and the question mark.

These three punctuation marks typically bring sentences to a logical close.


Exclamation mark

The exclamation mark (or exclamation point) follows an exclamatory statement or an interjection and is typically used to express strong emotion.

That was the worst play I’ve ever seen!
You should be more careful with yourself!
He can’t carry that by himself. Help him!

Question mark

You use a question mark at the end of direct questions.

Are we visiting Ayers Rock tomorrow?
Where do you want me to set my shoes?
Am I allowed to spin the prayer wheel?



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