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Punctuation Series: Know Your Full Stops

What is a Full Stop?

A full stop is the most common punctuation mark (.) to come at the end of a sentence. The period signals to a reader that a sentence is complete.

Where are Full Stops used?

  1. Indicate the end of a sentence.
  2. Indicate the end of a fragment.
  3. Are used in some abbreviations.
  4. Are used in website addresses.

End Of A Sentence

A sentence always contains a subject and a finite verb. In order to check if you have a subject, ask who or what before the verb. A pronoun may replace this subject. A sentence always starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop.

Example: They rode towards the island.

End Of A Fragment

If there is no subject or verb, it is a fragment, not a sentence. It also begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop. The full stop marks the end of a group of words that are used for emphasis.

Examples: The children slept. No soundA time of peace and contentment.

Tip: In formal writing, avoid using fragments. In fiction, use them often for specific effect.

Abbreviations

An abbreviation is a shortened version of a word. It usually ends with a full stop. However, in British English, we only add a full stop if it does not end with the last letter of the word.

Examples: Use the full stop for Jan. and Prof., but not for Mr and Mrs.

Website Addresses

Example: www.aspiringquill.com

Next in the series is Punctuation Series: Know Your Commas. Stay tuned.

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