The WWW now is to be on point with periods.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Periods, at their most basic punctuation function, indicate the end of a complete sentence. The emphasis is on the word “complete,” as some writers might use periods by inadvertently making run-on sentences or sentence fragments.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Complete: This is a great sentence by itself. This sentence might help you understand too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Run-on: This sentence needs help a new sentence will make it clear.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fragment: Matters to make sense of the sentence.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ QUICK NOTE: Some types of writing can actually bypass the conventional use of periods when conversations or speeches are involved. If someone says something, particularly in response to a question, their answer may not be in a complete sentence. For example:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Katie looked at Sienna because she was puzzled.
“You are going to the jewelry store, right?” Katie asked. Sienna smiled wide before she answered.
The response to the question ends with a period but is not a complete sentence. Therefore, using periods can be a little tricky — context is always needed to make connections between periods and sentence structure.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Additionally, periods can be used with some abbreviations. A general rule is that periods typically are not used with acronym-type abbreviations (e.g., NASA, WHO). However, the use of periods with abbreviations will usually depend on the type of writing style guide you are using (e.g., MLA, APA, AP).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Overall, when used appropriately, utilizing periods correctly can be the difference between a well-formulated piece of work and one that either does not make sense or is hard to follow.