The Grammar Guide Spelling Are you missing a punctuation mark at the end?

Are you missing a punctuation mark at the end?

Are you missing a punctuation mark at the end?

Every sentence must start with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark. Sometimes, we accidentally overlook the punctuation marks at the end of the sentence when we are writing.

A period (.) is used for declarative statements.

A question mark (?) is used for questions.

An exclamation mark (!) is used for exclamations.

Let's look at them in more detail. It's important to include the correct punctuation marks so that your writing reads clearly. They also keep you from creating run-on sentences.

The first and most common punctuation mark is the period. It is used for all declarative sentences. A declarative sentence is just a basic statement: it "declares" something. It's not a question. It also doesn't need any special emotion or emphasis. Most sentences are declarative and require a period.

Example: I am hungry.

The next end punctuation mark is the question mark. It is used for questions and sentences that ask something. Even rhetorical questions, or questions that don't require an answer, need a question mark at the end.

Example: Are you hungry?

Finally, exclamation points are used in exclamatory sentences, or exclamations. These are sentences that might be full of emotion, or it could be something shocking. They also might need extra emphasis.

Example: I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!

Those are the three punctuation marks that are used to end sentences. Occasionally, you might need to end a sentence with an ellipsis (...). These should be used sparingly in your writing. An ellipsis is used to cut off a quote or to show a thought trailing off. It's important to note that an ellipsis only contains three dots, never more and never less.