Common Punctuation Marks in Writing Letters (Functions & Examples)

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WritingSkills.my.id - Punctuation mark is a sign or mark used in writing to divide sentences and phrases punctuation marks such as full stops and commas. In this post, I will explain frequently used punctuation marks in writing letters, their functions and examples of their use in sentences, phrases and words. Look at the punctuation mark table below!

Common Punctuation Marks in Writing Letters (Functions & Examples)

There are 8 most commonly used punctuation marks in English: Comma, Semicolon, Colon, Hyphen, Ellipsis, Parentheses, Dash, and Apostrophe.

No Punctuation Mark Function(s) Example(s)
1. Comma , Separates dependent clauses; a dependent clause doesn’t present a complete thought. Separates elements in a series. Can be used after salutation in a personal letter. • Mr. Smith, a lawyer, was at the party.
• As I mentioned in my letter, we need to hire three secretaries.
• We need action, not words.
2. Semicolon ; While commas separate dependent clauses, semicolons separate independent clauses that closely relate to each other. Hundreds of tests are conducted to determine product safety; accidents still occur regularly.
3. Colon : • Announces that something follows. Usually precedes a series or an explanation.
• Also used after the salutation of a business letter.
• Go to the stockroom and bring me these items: pens, ribbons, and folders.
• Hospitals exist for one reason: to heal the sick.
4. Hyphen - • Links words. Usually links two or more words modifying a noun.
• Can divide the syllables of a word at the end of a line of text.
• This is a state-of-the-art course.
• We need to go through a two-stage process.
5. Ellipsis . . . Shows hesitation or omission of letters or words. Often used when only part of a quotation is used. • "I...am...guilty," he stammered.
• "This is the best report I've seen..."
6. Parentheses () Adds information. Often the information is of secondary importance. • Acme Co. had great revenues (see fig. 5).
• I'm sending you the two checks (No. 1246 and No. 1249) you requested.
7. Dash — Highlights or interrupts a thought. A dash SHOUTS; parentheses whisper. • The Dow Jones Average closed at 6,960 — a new low for the year — confirming that we are still in a bear market.
• The seminar — which includes a text, handout materials, and a workbook — costs $3,000.
8. Apostrophe ' Shows possession or contraction. • The boy's pen is on his desk.
• We'll see you soon.
• The employees' rights are protected by OSHA.
• Mr. Dickens's book is open.

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