When to Use a Period (Full Stop) (with Examples)
When to Use a Period (Full Stop) (with Examples)A period (.) (or full stop in the UK) is a punctuation mark used:
- At the end of a declarative sentence.
- At the end of an imperative sentence (which is not forceful enough for an exclamation mark).
- In an abbreviation (including initialisms and contractions).
Examples of a Period (Full Stop) Ending a Declarative SentenceHere are some declarative sentences:
- Last words are for fools who haven't said enough. (Karl Marx, 1818-1883)
- I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception. (Groucho Marx, 1890-1977)
- I am a Marxist of the Groucho tendency. (Anon)
- She asked if it were true.
- She asked if it were true?
Examples of a Period (Full Stop) Ending an Imperative SentenceHere are some imperative sentences ending in periods (full stops):
- Please print four of these for the meeting.
- Write again soon.
Read more about imperative sentences.
Read more about exclamation marks.
Examples of a Periods (Full Stops) in AbbreviationsHere are some examples of periods (full stops) in abbreviations:
- Prof. Munro
- Dr. Jones
Read more about the US and UK conventions for ending a contraction with a period (full stop).