Improve your English: the full stop

This post is a short guide to some of the most common uses of the full stop in English. The full stop (.) is also known as the period (American English), and its main function is to mark the end of a sentence. Examples of sentences ending with a full stop I like learning English. […]

Improve your English: the possessive apostrophe

  What is the possessive apostrophe?   The possessive apostrophe is a punctuation mark (‘) used to show possession: to show that something belongs to someone or something. Apostrophes were first used to mark possession in the late 16th century, but without clear guidelines they were used inconsistently for centuries. We have clear rules for […]

Improve your English: the question mark

question: /ˈkwestʃ(ə)n/ (noun) a sentence or phrase that asks for information   The question mark is a symbol (?) used at the end of a question. It’s also known as the interrogation mark or interrogation point.   Questions A question mark is placed at the end of a word, phrase or sentence to show that […]

Improve your English: the exclamation mark

exclamation: /ˌekskləˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/ (noun) something that you say loudly and suddenly because you are surprised, excited, angry, very happy etc.   The exclamation mark (!) is also known as the exclamation point in American English. An exclamation mark is a punctuation mark placed at the end of a word, phrase or sentence to show that something […]