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ESOL 4

Punctuation

 

FIRST LESSON

 

.   ?   !   ,

Punctuation symbols (or punctuation marks) are written marks that help make meaning clear.   

.  
The period (.) is used:  

at the end of most sentences   
It is raining.

in many abbreviations     
etc.      (et cetera)
lb.       (pound)
Mr.      (Mister)

in numbers, and it is called a decimal point    
3.50         
4.6         
9.99

in an internet or email address, it is called a dot  
cnn.com     
brmacgowan@verizon.net

 


?   

The question mark (?) is used:

at the end of a question:           
Where is Bob?

 


!   
The exclamation point (!) is used:   
at the end of an exclamation  
Here he is!           

at the end of some commands   
Come here now!

 


,   
The comma (,) is used:  

to separate elements of a sentence to avoid confusion   
If you leave, Sam can rest.

between items in a series    
I like ice cream, cake, pie, and all other desserts.

with dates    
October 2, 2017

with numbers    
4,978     5,325,000

 

Please watch and listen to this short video - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdCOswMeXFQ

 

END OF FIRST LESSON

 


 

SECOND LESSON

 

 

THE USES FOR THE COMMA

The comma (,) is used:  

to separate elements of a sentence to avoid confusion (short pause)
If you leave, Sam can rest.

between items in a series    
I like ice cream, cake, pie, and all other desserts.

with dates    
October 2, 2017

with numbers    
4,978     5,325,000

between city and state
Lowell, Massachusetts

 

END OF SECOND LESSON