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Video:Quick Tip: Different Types of End Punctuation

with Heather Kamins

There are three main types of end punctuation that are used to connote the tone or intention of the sentence. Learn about different kinds of end punctuation in this grammar video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: Different Types of End Punctuation

Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about different types of end punctuation.

Types of End Punctuation

The most basic type of end punctuation is the period. It tells you've reached the end of a sentence, plain and simple.

If you want to add special emphasis to a sentence, you can end it with an exclamation point - also known as an exclamation mark. So, I can't believe I won the lottery! would be a natural use for an exclamation point. Do be careful not to overuse exclamation points, because they do stand out more in your writing.

Finally, there's the question mark. Use it for any direct questions, such as, are you going out later? However, if you work a question into a statement, such as, I asked if he was going out later, you would use a period at the end of that statement.

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