When to Use a Period (Full Stop) (with Examples)


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When to Use a Period (Full Stop) (with Examples)

A period (.) (or full stop in the UK) is a punctuation mark used:

Examples of a Period (Full Stop) Ending a Declarative Sentence

Here are some declarative sentences: Do not forget that a declarative sentence can include an indirect question. Do not be tempted to use a question mark. For example: Read more about declarative sentences.

Examples of a Period (Full Stop) Ending an Imperative Sentence

Here are some imperative sentences ending in periods (full stops): These are commands, but they are not forceful commands. A forceful command is followed by an exclamation mark.

Read more about imperative sentences.
Read more about exclamation marks.

Examples of a Periods (Full Stops) in Abbreviations

Here are some examples of periods (full stops) in abbreviations: .

You Can't Put a Comma and Carry on Writing

Remember, a sentence expresses a complete thought. A sentence must contain a subject and a verb (even if one is implied).

Once you have written a sentence, you cannot put a comma and carry on writing. This is called a run-on error or a comma fault. For example: Read more about sentences.

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