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An end mark is a period, question mark, or exclamation point used to indicate the purpose of a sentence.

Sentences

Statements or Declarative Sentences

A statement (or declarative sentence) is followed by a period.

EXAMPLE 
  • Buster is the dog with the brown spots. [The sentence is a statement, so it is followed by a period.]

Questions or Interrogative Sentences

A question (or interrogative sentence) is followed by a question mark.

EXAMPLE 
  • What time is your guitar lesson? [The sentence is a question, so it is followed by a question mark.]
Sometimes a sentence may sound like a question but be a statement.
Use a period when a sentence is a statement. 

EXAMPLES 
  • Did you get the correct answer to question five? [The sentence is a question, so it is followed by a question mark.] 
  • Jacob asked if we got the correct answer to question five. [The sentence is a statement, not a question, so it is followed by a period.]

Exclamations or Exclamatory Sentences

An exclamation (or exclamatory sentence) is followed by an exclamation point.

EXAMPLE 
  • Look out for that step! [The sentence is an exclamation, so it is followed by an exclamation point.]

Interjections

An interjection is followed by an exclamation point or comma.
If the interjection expresses mild surprise or excitement, it is followed by a comma.
If the interjection expresses strong surprise or excitement, it is followed by an exclamation point.

EXAMPLES 
  • Oh, I’m glad you are feeling better. [The interjection Oh expresses mild excitement, so it is followed by a comma.] 
  • Wow! That model airplane can fly high! [The interjection Wow expresses strong surprise, so it is followed by an exclamation point.]

Requests or commands or Imperative Sentences

A request or a command (an imperative sentence) is followed by either a period or an exclamation point.

If the request or command is mild, it is followed by a period.
If the request or command is strong, it is followed by an exclamation point.

EXAMPLES 
  • Please clean your room. [The request is a mild command, so it is followed by a period.] 
  • Don’t touch that hot oven! [The command is strong, so it is followed by an exclamation point.]
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