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Punctuation 02

There's more to punctuation than capital letters, full stops and commas. Our first punctuation quiz focused especially on the use of the comma. But to write perfectly clear sentences, you should be able to use apostrophes, semicolons, colons and hyphens, as well.

See how well you can use a wide range of punctuation by trying this second English quiz on the subject.

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  1. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Martin stopped to consider the blinking red light on his phone should he check the message or not
    A colon can be followed by an explanation or illustration of the previous clause.  For example:  'Martin stopped to consider the blinking, red light on his phone' is a complete sentence on its own.  The colon indicates that the following sentence will explain what Martin is considering
  2. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Sandras name appeared in bold at the top of the screen
    Mistakes with apostrophes are still very commonly made at GCSE. Always remember to use an apostrophe followed by 's' when a proper noun is possessive (this is correct even when the proper noun ends in an 's': i.e. Mrs. Evans's cat, or Bridget Jones's Diary)
  3. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    He stared at the phone and its tiny light which winked at him knowingly
    'Its' is possessive (belonging to 'it') and does not use an apostrophe. 'It's' means 'it is'. Be careful not to confuse these two words
  4. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Do it his friends had told him everyone else does
  5. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Persuaded by his friends he searched eventually finding the neglected document under the bed
  6. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    His dusty cv lacked three things flair references and most importantly relevant experience
    As long as it is preceded by a complete sentence, a colon should be used to introduce a list. 'C.V.' is also correct, but is used infrequently
  7. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Experience had been easy to invent martin had added farming animal husbandry and lion taming
    Two related sentences can be joined by using a semicolon rather than a conjunction/connective
  8. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Armed with his newly polished cv martin had applied haphazardly for fifty two jobs listed online
    Numbers such as fifty-two should be hyphenated. 'Online', however, has become a single, unhyphenated, word
  9. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Hed been shocked to be asked to interview for the zoo keepers position but had decided to attend
  10. Choose the sentence which is punctuated correctly.

    Now sandra the manager was ringing after a brilliant interview what if she knew about the lies
    Try to avoid brackets in your writing. Use a pair of parenthetical commas instead

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