Be on Point with Periods

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.

“Correct.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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.

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