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Period (.)

Periods, or full stops, are the stop signs of the writing road. Their most common job is to signal an end to a complete thought. Therefore, the most common place for periods to be used is at the very end of a sentence. However, they are found in other places, too. Use periods:


1.       After a declarative sentence.

For example:

Bird populations in the region have soared due to the wildlife conservation efforts.

Here, a period is placed after the declarative sentence.



2.       After imperative sentences that do not show strong emotion. When imperative sentences show strong emotion, use exclamation points; otherwise, use periods.

For example:

Please bring me the toolbox.

In the above example, a period is placed after the imperative sentence without strong emotion.

3.       After an indirect question (a statement in which a question is asked).

For example:

She asked whether you were ready to go.

In the above example, the speaker is making a statement about somebody (she) asking a question. This is an indirect question, and thus requires a period instead of a question mark.


4.       After titles given to people (Dr., Mr., Mrs., etc.)


5.       After abbreviations (Mar., Sept., Wed., etc.)

Remember that when the last word in a sentence ends in a period, do not use another period after the first one.

For example:

You must be in bed by 11:00 p.m.

Here, a period is already used after the abbreviation p.m., so another period to end the sentence is not used.


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