Everyday English: Punctuation

One of the most important parts of written English is punctuation.

Punctuation is the system of signs and symbols used to show how a sentence is constructed and the meaning that is being conveyed. Without punctuation marks, or through their misuse, meaning can be changed or misunderstandings occur. 

This module looks at the basic rules of punctuation needed to construct clear written communication.

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Who's it for

Are you confident in your use of punctuation? Can you spot the punctuation mistakes in the following sentences?

  • Ive always loved the 1970's
  • A panda eats, shoots and leaves
  • Everyone says I should become a PCS rep?

These short, daily 'drills' of questions can be a fun way to improve your written communication skills, brush up on a subject you've half-forgotten, or check if you know as much as you think you do!

Further information

BBC Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age students in the UK. Its online resources include learner guides on punctuation. 

OpenLearn from the Open University offers free online learning resources, and courses, enjoyed by millions of adults each year. It includes a resource on punctuation

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