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Punctuation (Revision) 01
Don't forget to put a question mark whenever you write a question such as "What kind of crab do you think that is?"

Punctuation (Revision) 01

Study your punctuation skills in this revision quiz. Here is your chance to put all of your punctuation skills into practice! Can you use commas, speech marks, colons, semicolons, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and apostrophes? Of course you can! You've been learning punctuation for years and probably use it, or at least see examples of it, every day.

Did you know that many centuries ago, texts were written without any punctuation? When writing materials were scarce and therefore very precious, words were often written even without any spaces between them. Can you imagine how hard it would be to read such writing? itwouldlookalittlebitlikethis.

After some time, people began using a mark a little bit like a full stop, placing it between each word (although it was placed not on the line, but a little higher). So.that.looked.something.like.this. Writing continued developing, with people adding more and more complex ways of punctuating, always with the purpose of making meaning clear.

Practise your punctuation with this quiz.

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1.
Choose the correct punctuation for the following phrase.
Books belong to boys
Boys books
Boy's books
Boys' books
Boys book's
The apostrophe should follow the plural noun "boys"
2.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
She is the eldest girl in the family isnt she
She is the eldest girl in the family isnt she?
She is the eldest girl in the family, isnt she.
She is the eldest girl in the family, is'nt she?
She is the eldest girl in the family, isn't she?
"Isn't" is a contraction of "is not": "Is she not the eldest girl in the family?"
3.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
Where did you put that chocolate
Where did you put that chocolate'
Where did you put that chocolate,
Where did you put that chocolate.
Where did you put that chocolate?
"Where did you put that chocolate?" is a question, of course
4.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
here is your lunch she called
"Here is your lunch," she called.
Here is your lunch she called.
Here is your lunch, she called.
Here is your lunch, "she called".
"Here is your lunch" is enclosed in speech marks because the sentence is being said
5.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
Its cold today
Its cold today
Its' cold today
Its cold today.
It's cold today.
"It's" is a contraction of "it is"
6.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
What time is it
What time is it'
What time is it,
What time is it.
What time is it?
"What time is it?" should end in a question mark to show that it is a question
7.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
Johns library book is overdue
Johns library book is overdue
John's library book is overdue.
Johns' library book is overdue
Johns library book is overdue
All sentences should end in one of these forms of punctuation: a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark
8.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
Where is your scarf
Where is your scarf'
Where is your scarf,
Where is your scarf.
Where is your scarf?
"Where is your scarf?" is a question
9.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
It is cold now, isnt it
It is cold now, isn't it,
It is cold now, isnt it.
It is cold now, is'nt it?
It is cold now, isn't it?
Remember the apostrophe in "isn't"!
10.
Choose the correct punctuation in the following sentence.
They are bringing their bikes arent they
They are bringing their bikes, aren't they,
They are bringing their bikes, aren't they.
They are bringing their bikes, are'nt they?
They are bringing their bikes, aren't they?
The comma separates the subject matter of the question from its interrogative phrasing, "aren't they". This sentence could also be written as: "Aren't they bringing their bikes?"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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