Punctuation Rules: How To Use Punctuation - Quiz

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Do you know how to use punctuation? Get ready to test your knowledge of punctuation in this quiz. Punctuation plays a major role in English writing, but using punctuation incorrectly is very common among people who write. Here, out of the given options, you have to choose the correct punctuation mark for the part in the sentence that is highlighted by ". . .". Take this quiz, and you will test your skills; hopefully, you will also learn a few things to help you with your writing in the future. Good luck!


Punctuation Uses Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    Peter... Liza... and Amanda will decide.

    • A.

      ? question mark

    • B.

      ! exclamation mark

    • C.

      , comma

    • D.

      ; semi-colon

    Correct Answer
    C. , comma
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a comma. In the given sentence, there is a list of three names: Peter, Liza, and Amanda. A comma is used to separate items in a list. Therefore, a comma is the appropriate punctuation mark to use in this context.

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  • 2. 

    When will you come back to our city....

    • A.

      ! exclamation mark

    • B.

      . full stop

    • C.

      : colon

    • D.

      ? question mark

    Correct Answer
    D. ? question mark
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "?" question mark. A question mark is used to indicate a direct question or to express uncertainty. In the given sentence, the speaker is asking about the time of someone's return to their city, making it a direct question. Therefore, a question mark is the appropriate punctuation mark to use in this context.

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  • 3. 

    Wow.... You really got the highest marks in the class.

    • A.

      ? question mark

    • B.

      ! exclamation mark

    • C.

      . full stop

    • D.

      ; semi-colon

    Correct Answer
    B. ! exclamation mark
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "exclamation mark" because it is used to express strong emotions, such as surprise or excitement. In the given statement, the speaker is expressing astonishment at the person receiving the highest marks in the class, which is why an exclamation mark is appropriate.

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  • 4. 

    They offered the students bananas... oranges... and grapes.

    • A.

      , comma

    • B.

      ; semi-colon

    • C.

      - a hyphen

    • D.

      ! exclamation mark

    Correct Answer
    A. , comma
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a comma. In this sentence, the author is listing different fruits that were offered to the students. A comma is used to separate items in a list.

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  • 5. 

    My cousin considers himself a self...made man.

    • A.

      No punctuation mark

    • B.

      ' an apostrophe

    • C.

      - a hyphen

    • D.

      ! exclamation mark

    Correct Answer
    C. - a hyphen
    Explanation
    The sentence should be punctuated with an apostrophe. "Self-made" is a compound adjective describing "man." The apostrophe indicates possession and connects "self" and "made," indicating that the man made himself. Thus, the correct sentence reads, "My cousin considers himself a self-made man."

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  • 6. 

    ...I haven't eaten anything today,... said Tom.

    • A.

      () brackets

    • B.

      " " quotation marks

    • C.

      , commas

    • D.

      : colon

    Correct Answer
    B. " " quotation marks
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "quotation marks" because they are used to indicate direct speech or a quotation. In this case, Tom is speaking, so his words are enclosed in quotation marks to show that they are his exact words.

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  • 7. 

    The students were advised to use the following items... a pencil, a ruler, and a notebook.

    • A.

      , a comma

    • B.

      ; a semi-colon

    • C.

      ! exclamation mark

    • D.

      : a colon

    Correct Answer
    D. : a colon
    Explanation
    A colon is used to introduce a list or to provide further explanation or clarification. In this sentence, the colon is used to introduce the list of items that the students were advised to use. It indicates that the items that follow are examples or specifics of what the students were advised to use.

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  • 8. 

    Sam... the mechanic... fixed the car.

    • A.

      , commas

    • B.

      ; semi-colons

    • C.

      () brackets

    • D.

      ? question mark

    Correct Answer
    A. , commas
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a comma. A comma is used to separate elements in a sentence, such as listing items or separating clauses. In this case, the comma is used to separate the name "Sam" from the rest of the sentence and to indicate a pause between the subject "Sam" and the verb "fixed".

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  • 9. 

    Amanda lives in Russia... her brother lives in France.

    • A.

      - a hyphen

    • B.

      ; semicolon

    • C.

      : colon

    • D.

      ? question mark

    Correct Answer
    B. ; semicolon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a semicolon. A semicolon is used to connect two independent clauses that are closely related and could stand alone as separate sentences. In this case, Amanda living in Russia and her brother living in France are two separate ideas that are related, so a semicolon is the appropriate punctuation to connect them.

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  • 10. 

    I found Sara...s shirt on the chair.

    • A.

      - a hyphen

    • B.

      , a comma

    • C.

      ' an apostrophe

    • D.

      : colon

    Correct Answer
    C. ' an apostrophe
    Explanation
    The correct answer is ' an apostrophe. In the sentence, the word "Sara's" indicates possession, showing that the shirt belongs to Sara. The apostrophe is used to show possession in this context.

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Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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