Punctuation for kids
Compare the following sentences
- Ravi says, “Rahul is a fool.”
- “Ravi” says Rahul, “is a fool”.
From these two sentences, it is clear that punctuation marks may alter the sentence.
Punctuation is used to show clearly, the meaning of a sentence and the pause that should be used while speaking or reading the sentence. It emphasizes the meaning of a sentence.
Punctuation is the right use of the various stops in writing.
Punctuation marks for kids
|Sign of Interrogation||(?)|
We will now study the commonly used punctuation mark.
- The full stop (.)
The full Stop indicated the longest pause. It should be used at the end of an Assertive or Imperative Sentence.
Examples: Shut the door.
Today is a beautiful day.
- The Comma (,)
The comma indicates the shortest pause in a sentence.
Examples: – Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad are metropolitan cities.
- Inverted Commas (“”)
Inverted commas are used to mark the exact words of the speaker, or a quotation.
- “Sit down”
- Mother Said, “Come and have your dinner”.
- Exclamation Mark (!)
The sign of exclamation is used after interjections, exclamatory phrases and sentences.
Examples: Alas!, Bravo!, Ah!, How it rains!, Well done!
- Sign of Interrogation (?)
The sign of interrogation is used to mark direct questions.
- What do you want?
- Maulvi asked if I have visited the Qutub Minar?
- The Apostrophe (‘)
The apostrophe is used to show possession.
- The boy’s father.
- Sandeep’s pen.
- Priyanka’s lunchbox.
Use of Capital Letters (ABC)
The capital letter is used –
- To begin a sentence.
- The first word of every line of a poem.
- To being all proper nouns.
- To begin the first word within the inverted commas of direct speech.
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