- Full stop
Alice met Bob.
Alice gave Bob a pen, paper, and a pencil.Alice, a student, met Bob.
Alice gave Bob a paper; Bob took it reluctantly.
Alice gave Bob few items: a pen, a paper, and a pencil.
- Question mark
Did Alice meet Bob?
- Exclamation mark
Hurray, we won! Yipee!
``Come,’' Alice told Bob.
- Apostrophe denotes contraction and possession.
it’s, Alice's, p’s, 7’s, 1990s, MPs
Does your organization have a by-law?
- Dash denotes comment
Alice will not come - I hope so.
- Parentheses denotes supplementary information.
Alice (a student) met Bob.
To represent compound terms
In place of commas, parentheses
To denote ranges
To represent subtraction