April 6, 2010

4 Ways of Using Periods

We're now going to tackle punctuation rules. Take advantage of these rules for it will help you get high marks especially in the IELTS writing module.

So, when do you use a period?

1) You use a period when ending a complete sentence.

Example: This is a familiar way of using a period.

2) You use a period when it comes to money and percentages. The period in this case is known as a decimal point.

Examples: P2.50 or 99.9%

3) You use a period after initials in people's names.

Example: I read a book written by J.K. Rowling.

4) You use a period when dealing with some abbreviations. Here, consulting your dictionary helps, unless you're sure about a particular abbreviation.

Examples: Jan. (January), Mon. (Monday), Sen. (Senator), lb. (pound), R.P. (Republic of the Philippines), Inc. (Incorporated), etc.

Attribution to Rebecca Elliot and her book Painless Grammar (c) 2006, 1997

Other punctuation marks:
Question Marks
Exclamation Points
Parentheses, Brackets, or Dashes