Punctuation Rules: How To Use Punctuation Trivia

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1.

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

Answer: , 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.
2.

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

Answer: ? 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.
3.

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

Answer: ! 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.
4.

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

Answer: , 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.
5.

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

Answer: - 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."
6.

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

Answer: " " 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.
7.

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

Answer: : 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.
8.

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

Answer: , 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".
9.

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

Answer: ; 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.
10.

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

Answer: ' 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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