A Test on Using Punctuation
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in Grammar Monster's glossary
Test your knowledge of apostrophes, brackets, colons, commas, dashes, hyphens, semicolons, and speech marks. (There are lots more grammar tests here
Click on a highlighted area and then name the missing punctuation.
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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)
overview of round brackets
overview of square brackets
replaced by commas or dashes
to extend a sentence (e.g. ...one 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. ...one 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. ...is 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