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What is Punctuation?

Punctuation refers to the set of symbols used in writing to clarify meaning, aid in reading aloud, and convey the writer’s intended tone. Examples of punctuation marks include commas, periods, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, colons, and semicolons.

These marks serve specific purposes, such as separating clauses, indicating pauses, showing emphasis, or denoting quotations. Proper punctuation is essential for clear communication, as it can significantly alter the meaning of a sentence if used incorrectly.


  • Correct punctuation: Let’s eat, Grandma.
  • Incorrect punctuation: Let’s eat Grandma.

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