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A punctuation mark is one of a set of marks or signs used to clarify meaning. This is by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases.
Examples of punctuation marks include:
- Ampersand (&) - Is used to represent conjunction (the use of the word "and").
- Apostrophe (') - Indicates possession, or the omission of one or more letters from a word.
- Colon (:) - Used after a word that introduces a series, or an example, or an explanation.
- Comma (,) - Used to separate words or phrases in a sentence.
- Ellipsis (...) - Used to indicate that part of a sentence or sequence has been omitted.
- Exclamation point (!) - Used to stress the preceding point, or to show feeling.
- Hyphen (or dash) (-) - Used to separate the parts of a compound word or noun, or between the syllables of a word when the word has to be divided at the end of a line of text.
- Period (or full stop) (.) - Used to indicate the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop, or after abbreviations of words.
- Question mark (?) - Used at the end of a sentence to indicate that a question has been asked.
- Quotation mark (or inverted commas) (") - Used to attribute the text enclosed within the commas to someone else.
- Semicolon (;) - Used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period.
- Separatrix (/) - Used to separate related items of information.
- Tilde (or swung dash) (~) - Used in text to indicate the omission of a word.