Full Stop (.) When to Use a Full Stop (Period Punctuation) 1

Full Stop (.) When to Use a Full Stop (Period Punctuation)

What is a full stop? What is (.) called? Learn how and when to use a full stop (also known as a period in American English) with useful punctuation rules and example sentences.

Full Stop (.)

What is a Full Stop (Period)?

A full stop, also known as a period in American English, is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks in the English language. Analysis of texts indicate that approximately half of all punctuation marks used are full stops.

A full stop is mostly used at the end of a declarative sentence, or a statement that is considered to be complete. This punctuation mark is also used following an abbreviation. A full stop can also be show the end of a group of words that don’t form a typical sentence.

When to Use a Full Stop

We use a full stop at the end of a declarative sentence.

This period punctuation is mostly used at the end of a declarative sentence, or a statement that is considered to be complete.

Examples:

  • There is no place like home.
  • Love makes the world go round.
  • He wanted them to jump to it.
  • Your writing is hard to read.
  • Take the world as it is.

We use the period punctuation after titles in American English.

Examples:

  • Mr., Mrs., Dr., Sr., Jr., …

Example sentences:

  • He owes a lot of money to Mr. Smith.
  • Dr. Smith instructs us in botany.

We use the full stop in numbers.

A full stop used in a number is also called a decimal point.

  • Retail sales fell by 1.3% in January.
  • The average price of goods rose by just 2.2%.

The full stop is used following an abbreviation.

Examples:

  • approx.: Approximately
  • etc.: And so on
  • i.e.: That is, that means, in other words
  • govt.: Government
  • adm.: Administration

Example sentences:

  • They were arrested on Jun. 20, 1980.
  • We are mutual friends, enemies, etc.
  • The price must be more realistic, i.e. lower.

Showing the end of an unconventional sentence.

A full stop can also be show the end of a group of words that don’t form a typical sentence.

Example:

  • He was not allowed to do that. Not while he was the leader of the group.

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Full Stop (.) When to Use a Full Stop (Period Punctuation)

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