Punctuation Rules for Full Stop ( or Period or Point )

Three of the punctuation marks, which are the full stop, question mark and exclamation mark, are appropriate for use as a sentence endings.

Full Stop ( in British English ) / Period ( mainly in American English )  — ( . )

” This symbol represents text.  

Full stop is the term used in British English ( UK ); It is known as a period in American English ( US ).

This punctuation mark indicates us ( as a speaker or a reader ) that the sentence has come to an end.




Using Full Stop or Period

1. It is used at the end of a sentence which is a complete statement, not a question or an exclamation.

Examples:

  • I hope to see you next week.
  • She sent me a message.
  • There is a book on the table.
  • We have many problems today.

2. It is used at the end of a group of words, which are not structured conventionally. And  It is used at the end of a command or a suggestion.

Examples:

  • Over and over again.
  • Put a full stop at the end of a sentence.
  • Let’s go out to dinner.

3. It is also used after a single word.

Examples:

  • A: Who invented the light bulb? B: Edison.
  • A: What do you want to say him? B: “Do”.
  • A: Where is the capital city of England? B: London.

 

4. It is used at the end of an indirect question.

Examples:

  • She asked wheather I liked playing basketball.
  • They really don’t know how they should study.
  • I’m asking what the day is.




5. It is used in some abbreviations. (If an abbreviation with a full stop comes at the end of a sentence, we don’t need to end another full stop)

Examples:

  • They will arrive 8 p.m.
  • My son’s birthday is in Jan.
  • There are some apples, oranges, carrots, etc.

For detailed information about abbreviations with full stop click here

6. It is used in website and email addresses.

Examples:

  • www.englishstudypage.com
  • stdy@gmail.com

 

7. It is used in numbers to seperate whole numbers from parts of numbers.  ( a full stop, which is used in numbers, is also called “point” unless it refers to money )

Examples:

  • 5.7 ( five point seven)
  • $8.20 ( eight dolars and twenty cents )

 

Attention:

For Full Stop;

  • We use the full stop ( . ) at the end of a sentence.
  • We shouldn’t  use any spaces between the last letter and the full stop.
  • We should use one space between the full stop and the first letter of the next sentence.
  • If we write next sentence, we should write the first letter of the next sentence with capital letter.

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