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The aim of punctuation is to make the meaning of written words as clear and as immediately understandable as possible. Read the following and see whether you can get the sense.

What do you mean I am a detective

The meaning of these words depends on the punctuation.

(A) What! Do you mean I am a detective?
(b) What do you mean? I am a detective.

Compare the following.

(a) He doesn’t walk normally. (= He walks in a strange way.)

(b) He doesn’t walk, normally. (= Usually he doesn’t walk.)

Here is another example. The words in each of the following sentences are the same. But the meaning differs depending on the punctuation.

(a) Gopal said, “Suresh met with an accident.”
(b) “Gopal”, said Suresh, “met with an accident.”

The commonly used punctuation marks are…

1. Full Stop (.)
2. Question Mark (?)
3. Exclamation Mark (!)
4. Comma (,)
5. Colon (:)
6. Semicolon (;)
7. Quotation Marks Or Inverted Commas (‘‘ Or “ ”)
8. Apostrophe (’)

The full stop is used….

1. at the end of a sentence which is not a question or exclamation.

There is a good programme on Channel 12 at eight. Don’t miss it.

2. As the decimal point in figures

3.2 metres 1.5%

3. In separate parts of web and email addresses. This is read out as DOT.

www.schandgroup.com
thehindu@vsnl.com

Full stops can be used in abbreviations. But they are often omitted in modem style especially in British English.

BA or B.A.
USA or U.S.A.
MP or M.P.
eg (or e.g.)



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