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Punctuation – the full stop (.)

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We use a full stop at the end of a sentence. Some people also put full stops after abbreviations.

When people speak, they do not always use complete sentences. When we write down their conversation, we put a full stop (.) after each statement even if this is not a sentence:
John:  Look at this e-mail.
Peter:  Who's it from?
John:  Sandra. She's getting married.
Peter: Nice. Are we invited?

In a piece of writing, English sentences must be separated by a full stop (.), question mark (?), exclamation mark (!) or semicolon (;) or joined by a connective like: and, but, so, when, if etc.

Two sentences cannot be separated by a coma unless they are part of a list of three or more statements:
Sandra prepared the pasta, John prepared the sauce for it, and Mary laid the table.

A sentence cannot be separated this way:
We didn't do any shopping. Because the supermarket had already closed.
We didn't do any shopping because the supermarket had already closed.

Lesson by Tristan, English teacher at EC Malta English school

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