Grammar and Mechanics

 

 

Lesson 3
Punctuation

 

Some questions may ask you about punctuation.

 

On this type of question, there is only one correct answer.

 

Remember that whenever there is a question, the sentence should end in a question mark. If the sentence expresses surprise or alarm, it should end in an exclamation point. If the sentence is a general comment, it should end in a period.

 

 

Samples

On the OSSLT, look at the sentences and think about how you would say them aloud.  You can usually hear how a sentence is punctuated.

 

Letís try one:

Here is a sentence with no punctuation.  Think about how it should be punctuated:

 Do you know what time the movie starts

This sentence is a question, so it should end with a question mark:

Do you know what time the movie starts?

 

Hereís another:

Look out for the falling piano

 

This sentence shows alarm Ė you wouldnít want to be crushed by a falling piano!  It should end with an exclamation point:

Look out for the falling piano!

 

Letís try one more:

Jovan has played soccer for three years

 

There is no question here and the sentence isnít an alarm, so it should use a period:

Jovan has played soccer for three years.

 

Activity Section

Try this: Punctuation Quiz

Want more on punctuation? Try this site: Punctual Quiz 2

 

Next: 5.4 Combining Sentences