Important Punctuation Marks

Keep these things in Mind while Writing

Punctuation is one of the most important aspects of correct expression in a language. It is marked with certain signs.


There are some important punctuation marks that always confuse us. We forget or don’t know where to use them, where is their correct place in a sentence?


Semicolon (;)- A semicolon is midway between a full stop and a comma. It is used-


- - To separate two related clauses:


Eg. Sometimes she smiles; sometimes she cries.


- - To separate a clause and a related phrase.


Ex. To err is human; to forgive divine.


- - To separate items in a list, when these are either clauses or extended phrases.


Ex. Most of students lack devotion to studies; they read only to get through; they do not cherish the value of education.


Colon (:)- the colon is used-


- -To introduce a list


Ex.- You are required to bring these things: a bed sheet, two sets of uniform and a set of furniture.


- - To introduce an explanation


Ex. My problem is: I can’t work hard in given situation.


- -To separate two contracts,


Ex. We make plans: the insincere students mar them.


Hyphen (-)- The hyphen is used


- -To join the parts of a compound word.


Ex. Mother-in-law


- - In some cases to join a word and a prefix.


Ex. Post-dated, co-opt.


Inverted Commas or Quotation Marks- Inverted commas are of two types-


- - Single Inverted Commas (‘ …..‘)


- - Double Inverted Commas (“ ……..”)


They are used –


- -To enclose all words said in direct speech.


Ex. He said, “I want to go home.”


- -To enclose titles of different genres of literature.


Ex. ‘Of Studies’ , ‘The Love Song of j. Alfred Prufrock?’


- - To emphasize a word or phrase that the writer believes is false or humorous.


Ex. Making the brain of a child the storehouse of information is called ‘education’ by some.


Brackets- Brackets are used to enclose a remark r to give a more comprehensive information.


Ex. Our university (University of Allahabad) is known as Oxford University of India.




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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Your explanations and examples are so clear!! Thank you!!


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anupma 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks DeborahNeyens


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Good tips, here. Thanks for the useful hub.


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anupma 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks Unknown Spy for your kind visit and comment


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

very great reminder to always be aware and how to use punctuation marks :)


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anupma 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks Integrity


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is informative. I definitely voted up.


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anupma 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks jpcmc


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Thanks for the reminder. Many of us forget how important punctuation marks are.

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