Teach your students basic punctuation rules with this simple handout.
Use a capital letter to begin a sentence.
|The earth is round.||the earth is round|
|Water is a colorless liquid.||water is a colorless liquid|
Proper nouns (personal names, geographical names, names of the days of the weeks and months) begin with a capital letter.
|the Pacific||the pacific|
The pronoun I is always written with a capital letter.
|I am a girl.||i am a girl.|
|I live in France.||i live in france.|
A statement – affirmative or negative – always ends with a full stop.
|The sun rises in the east.||The sun rises in the east|
|My sister lives in California.||My sister lives in California|
|I don’t eat fish.||I don’t eat fish|
A question ends with a question mark (?).
|Are you coming with me?||Are you coming with me|
|Is she your daughter?||Is she your daughter|
|Can I come with you?||Can I come with you|
An exclamation mark (!) is used after an interjection and at the end of a sentence that expresses excitement or a sudden emotion.
|Hurrah! We have won!||Hurrah. We have won.|
|Alas! We lost the match.||Alas. We lost the match.|
|What a pity!||What a pity.|
We add an apostrophe (’) and –s to make the possessive form of a singular noun. A plural noun ending in –s takes only an apostrophe (’).
|Mohan’s books||Mohans books|
|My sister’s car||My sisters car|
|The boy’s socks||The boys socks|
|The girls’ dresses||The girls dresses|
|Children’s newspaper||Childrens newspaper|
|The ladies’ compartment||The ladies compartment|