punctuation

Punctuation is marking that clarifies sentences. if you write a sentence that is a string of words even if theyre good words but you do it without punctuation then it will look like this making your reader unhappy

Punctuation tells you when a sentence has come to an end, or if it's a question, and you can't write a sentence without at least one punctuation mark: the period. You can also use punctuation to talk about non-verbal emphasis. If you tell your dog to stop chewing your shoe, you might stamp your foot as punctuation. A slow speaker who chews slightly at the end of each sentence has an unfortunate kind of punctuation.

Definitions of punctuation
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n the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases

Types:
hyphenation
connecting syllables and words by hyphens
Type of:
grouping
the activity of putting things together in groups

n the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

Synonyms:
punctuation mark
Types:
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ampersand
a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
apostrophe
the mark (') used to indicate the omission of one or more letters from a printed word
brace
either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
bracket, square bracket
either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material
angle bracket, bracket
either of two punctuation marks (`<' or `>') used in computer programming and sometimes used to enclose textual material
colon
a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)
comma
a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence
exclamation mark, exclamation point
a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation
dash, hyphen
a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
parenthesis
either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
full point, full stop, period, point, stop
a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
interrogation point, question mark
a punctuation mark (?) placed at the end of a sentence to indicate a question
inverted comma, quotation mark, quote
a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
semicolon
a punctuation mark (`;') used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period
diagonal, separatrix, slash, solidus, stroke, virgule
a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
swung dash
a punctuation mark used in text to indicate the omission of a word
suspension point
(usually plural) one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete
single quote
a single quotation mark
double quotes
a pair of quotation marks
scare quote
the use of quotation marks to indicate that it is not the authors preferred terminology
Type of:
mark
a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)

n something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions

Type of:
break, interruption
some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity