Punctuation helps a reader make sense of every story, article, or letter that he reads. Without punctuation marks, the words would seem crammed together. Try to read a paragraph as if it had no punctuation. You won't even have time to take a breath.
When the writer adds punctuation, the reader knows where to pause, and the words flow more smoothly - like when you're talking to a friend, only more organized!
Read the following information about punctuation. Underline or highlight each punctuation mark as you read about it.
There are three kinds of punctuation that signal the end of a sentence. All three tell the reader to pause, but each one has a specific meaning too.
The period at the end of this sentence is one kind of end punctuation.
Sometimes a period just doesn't do the job. You wouldn't put a period at the end of the next sentence. Would you? Why do you use a different end mark here?
If you said, "Because it's a question," you're right! Exclamation point!
Did you see the three end punctuation marks - period, question mark, and exclamation point? Each one was used to end a particular type of sentence.