Read more about punctuation below:
Although these games are designed for K-12 students, they provide very useful practice with immediate feedback.
|Use a comma before conjunctions (and, but, for, or, nor, yet, so) only when they join independent clauses.||
I will leave work at four o'clock, and I will arrive home at fice o'clock.
I will drive you to the train station, but I wwill not pick you up at the airport.
|Use a comma to separate items in a list or series.||
I plan to purchase a raincoat, boots, and a purse.
I prepared lunch, Karen brought the utensils, and Anna drove us to the picnic.
|Use a comma to separate multiple adjectives which modify a single noun.||
the dank, dark night
the long, lonely road
|Use a comma after an introductory modifier.||
Unless you have any further comments, this meeting is adjorned.
After today, I will never shop that mall again.
Before I mop, I must move all the furniture.
Well, I have never seen such a beautiful sunset.
No, I cannot help you.
|Use a comma to separate words that might be incorrectly read together.||
CORRECT: Once inside, the kitten hid behind the couch.
INCORRECT: Once inside the kitten hid behind the couch.
|.||Use the period to indicate the completion of a declarative sentence. It is also used in abbreviations.||This is a wonderful sentence.|
|.||Periods can be used to abbreviate words.||Mr., Mrs., Esq., Jr., Sr.|
|?||A question mark is used at the close of a direct question.||How do you like your classes?|
|!||An exclamation mark is used to express strong feelings.||Help!|
|:||A colon may be used to signal an explanation, a quotation, or the beginning of a list.||
When I go to the supermarket, I must remember to buy the following: a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a carton of eggs.
|:||Use a colon to separate hours from minutes and minutes from seconds; bible verses from chapters; and titles from subtitles.||
1961: The Civil War Awakening
|;||A semi-colon may be used to join two complete sentences that are related.||He didn't stay for dessert; he was tired.|
|;||A semi-colon may be used to separate items in a list when commas occur within items in the list.||Over the last twenty years, she has visted Las Vegas, Nevada; Portland, Oregon; and Dallas, Texas.|
|'||An apostrophe can be used to indicate the possessive of nouns and indefinite pronouns.||
That is Phil's dog.
My backpack is red; her's is yellow.
|'||An apostrophe can be used to indicate omitted letters in contractions.||
Cannot → Can't
Should not → Shouldn't
Is not → Isn't
|'||A single quotation mark may be used to idicate a quote or speech within a quote or speech.||"I asked him what he thought about the movie," she began, "and he said, 'I prefer the book.'"|
|Double quotation marks be used to indicate a quotation or speech.||When asked if she would attend the luncheon she said, "I have better things to do."|
|--||Use a dash to indicate a sudden change in thought or course in the sentence.||All violators -- and I mean all violators -- will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.|
|-||Use a hyphen to indicate the division of a word at the end of a line of text.||
When you come to the end of a line of text and you cannot fit an en-
tire word, use a hyphen to divide the word at the end of the line.
|-||Use a hyphen to create compound modifiers appearing before nouns.||
We have booked a week-long stay at an all-exclusive resort.
|()||Use parentheses to enclose information which is related to but might otherwise interrupt the flow of the main sentence.||Be sure to eat a healthly lunch (I packed a bag of carrot sticks for you) because you'll need your energy for your hike.|