How to use punctuation marks (via enchantedlearning dot com)

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[Martin Luther King]

Using correctly some punctuation marks in writing such as colon,  a comma or  an apostrophe makes the difference between a good piece of writing and a standard one. By the way, dash is the equivalent word for “raya” (Morse code) and dot is the equivalente word for “punto“.


apostrophe ( ́) an apostrophe is used as a substitute for a missing letter or letters in a word (as in the contraction cannot = can’t), to show the possessive case (Jane’s room), and in the plural of letters, some numbers and abbreviations. Note: groups of years no longer require an apostrophe (for example, the 1950s or the 90s). I can’t see the cat’s tail. Dot your i’s and cross your t’s. 100’s of years

colon (:) a colon is used before a list or quote. A colon is used to separate hours and minutes. A colon is used to separate elements of a mathematical ratio. The time is 2:15. / The ratio of girls to boys is 3:2

comma (,) a comma is used to separate phrases or items in a list. She bought milk, eggs, and bread

dash (—) a dash is used to separate parts of a sentence. The dash is also known as an “em dash” because it is the length of a printed letter m — it is longer than a hyphen


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