Punctuation Test

A Test on Using Punctuation

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Test your knowledge of apostrophes, brackets, colons, commas, dashes, hyphens, semicolons, and speech marks.

This test is linked to the entry on punctuation in Grammar Monster's glossary.

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Click on a highlighted area and then name the missing punctuation.

For these tests, place punctuation inside quotation marks. For example:
  • "I know," she said. correct tick
  • "I know", she said. wrong cross
Read more about punctuation inside or outside quotation marks.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.

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overview used incorrectly with plurals (e.g. two cat's.) in time expressions (e.g. year's salary) to replace letters (e.g. can't) to show the plural of abbreviations (e.g. SOS's) to show possession (e.g. dog's dinner) test overview of round brackets overview of square brackets replaced by commas or dashes to extend a sentence (e.g. trait: bravery.) in references (e.g. Para. 4: Section 2)for introductions (e.g. ...the following: A and B.) with bullet pointsbefore quotations after 'setting the scene' (e.g. At 4 o'clock, I went...) after a transitional phrase (e.g. However, it is...) after an interjection (e.g. Yes, I know...) before a conjunction (e.g. ...the end, but only when...) to replace brackets (e.g. Simon, the last man, saw...) in lists (e.g. egg, milk and butter) with a long subject (e.g. A, B and C, are required...) with numbers (e.g. 2,232) with speech marks (e.g. He yelled, 'Get out!') when addressing someone (e.g. That's true, Simon.)test to extend a sentence (e.g. trait - bravery.) to replace brackets (e.g. Simon - the last man - saw...) in compound adjectives (e.g. two-seater aircraft) in compound nouns (e.g. cooking-oil) in prefixes (ex-President) alternatives to hyphens (e.g. a "come here" look) before conjunctions (e.g. true; but the other one...) before transitional phrases (e.g. ...he knew; as a result, I was...) in lists (e.g. the master, aged 81; the servant, aged 19) to extend a sentence (e.g. It was serious; I broke a toe.) with colons or commas and three dots (ellipsis) and punctuation (inside or outside) for ships, plays and books doubles (") or singles (') meaning alleged or so-called test

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