punctuation mark


Definition of punctuation mark

: any of various standardized marks or signs used in punctuation
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Examples of punctuation mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this last season wouldn’t have been an ideal punctuation mark on a basketball career. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "Injury, pandemic alter IU women's basketball alum Amanda Cahill's career plans," 13 May 2020 Rilee Harmon School: Santiago Position: Midfielder Class: 2020 College: California Noteworthy: Harmon provided the punctuation mark in the 2-0 win over JSerra in the CIF Division 1 finals. Usa Today High School Sports, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY High School Sports Awards: Los Angeles girls soccer nominees," 23 Apr. 2020 New Orleans and the Final Four was going to be that team’s punctuation mark. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks Final Four season ends with a Seinfeld episode and a lesson," 2 Apr. 2020 These men and women sat in uncomfortable, beat-up school desks determined to learn English — such a difficult language to acquire with its changeling grammar rules and high-maintenance punctuation marks. Sarah Fay, Longreads, "On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])," 17 Mar. 2020 Even that touchdown had a bizarre punctuation mark. BostonGlobe.com, "Twenty-eight thoughts on the Patriots’ 28-22 loss to the Texans . . .," 2 Dec. 2019 But for years, Richards remained dedicated to defending the humble punctuation mark's honor. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Ignorance and laziness’ win: Former editor ends battle to put the apostrophe in its correct place," 2 Dec. 2019 Using the punctuation mark when other people don’t can lead to self-consciousness. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "The Tyranny of the Exclamation Point Is Causing Email and Text Anxiety," 13 Aug. 2018 The extensive jewelry collection puts the perfect punctuation mark to any ensemble. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Shopping winners," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of punctuation mark

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of punctuation mark was in 1849

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20 May 2020

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“Punctuation mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punctuation%20mark. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (such as a period, comma, or question mark) used to divide a piece of writing into sentences, clauses, etc.

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Kids Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (as a period, comma, or question mark) used in writing to make the meaning clear and separate parts (as clauses and sentences)

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