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Punctuation mark

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:

& — An ampersand is used to represent conjunction (the use of the word "and").
' — An apostrophe indicates possession, or the omission of one or more letters from a word.
: — A colon is used after a word that introduces a series, or an example, or an explanation.
, — A comma used to separate words or phrases in a sentence.
... — An ellipsis is used to indicate that part of a sentence or sequence has been omitted.
! — An exclamation point is used to stress the preceding point, or to show feeling.
- — A hyphen or dash is 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.
. — A period or full stop is used to indicate the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop, or after abbreviations of words.
? — A question mark is used at the end of a sentence to indicate that a question has been asked.
" — A quotation mark (or inverted commas) are used to attribute the text enclosed within the commas to someone else.
; — A semicolon is used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period.
/ — A slash is used to separate related items of information.
~ — A tilde is used in text to indicate the omission of a word.

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