Do You Know Your Punctuation?

Saturday, September 24th is National Punctuation Day.

Here are some quick thoughts on punctuation.

Fourteen punctuation marks can make their appearance in writing. There’s the period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, colon, semicolon, quotation mark, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, brackets, braces, parentheses, and ellipsis.

What are the three commonly used punctuation marks?

“Me! Me!” shouts the exclamation point.

“What about me? asks the question mark.

The period declares. “It’s me.”

All three of these characters are right on the mark.

Don’t throw a punctuation mark anywhere you want it. If you put it in the wrong place, you can totally change the meaning of a sentence.

Case in point:

We are going to learn how to cut and paste children.

Cut it out! You would never cut and paste children.

The correct way to write this:  We are going to learn how to cut and paste, children. Don’t forget that comma.

And what about those tricky apostrophes in contractions and possessives? Know where to put them!


Its or It’s                     The flower is in its vase.        It’s a glass vase.        

Your or You’re           Is your name Lily?                 You’re the winner.                                                                

There or They’re         The team is over there.      They’re sitting on the bleachers.


Cathy’s hair is strawberry blond.

I love children’s books.

The team’s uniforms arrived.

All fourteen punctuation marks are vying for your attention. Sometimes they can be confusing, but don’t let them stump you. You can do it.

Show your style on National Punctuation Day.

On your mark. Get set. Go!

Some fun books.

Punctuation Takes a Vacation written by Robin Pulver and illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed, Holiday House, 2004

Punctuation Celebration written by Elsa Knight Bruno and illustrated by Jenny Whitehead, Square Fish, 2012

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6 Comments on “Do You Know Your Punctuation?”

  1. evie robillard Says:

    Interesting! My pet peeve is the “its” “it’s” error. I often refuse to “like” someone’s post when I see it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. LA Says:

    I am horrible with grammar. I write and hope for the best.

    Liked by 1 person

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