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Learn Punctuation: period, exclamation mark, question mark

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http://www.engvid.com You see them all the time, but do you know how to use them correctly? In this lesson we go over the basic punctuation marks used to end a sentence. I also teach you to identify and avoid the run-on sentence, which is a common mistake ESL students and native speakers make in their writing. Watch this lesson to learn the quick and easy rules for using the period, exclamation mark, and question mark! Then take the quiz on it here: http://www.engvid.com/learn-punctuation-period-exclamation-mark-question-mark/ TRANSCRIPT Hi. Welcome to www.engvid.com again. My name's Adam. Today, I'm responding to some requests for punctuation lessons. So, today's lesson is about punctuation. I'm going to focus on the period, the exclamation mark, and the question mark. Now, you're thinking: why am I beginning with these three? Because these are the ends of sentences. Right? These always come at a very specific point in the sentence, always at the end, always with a clear purpose. What is the purpose? A period ends a sentence. Seems simple enough, everybody knows this. Correct? But it's not that simple. Many, many times I've seen students writing and not putting the period in the correct place. What... Another thing you have to remember about the period is what comes after it is always a capital letter. Okay? Many people forget the capital after a period. A period ends a sentence which means it ends a complete idea. Whatever comes after the period is already a new idea. Of course, one idea flows to the next idea; one idea builds on the previous idea, but they are two separate ideas. When you have completed your sentence, when you have completed your idea - put a period. And British people call this: "a full stop". Same idea, means: full stop, done, next idea. Okay? With a capital letter. Always don't forget the capital letter. Or never forget the capital letter. Okay? Another thing to remember about the period is that once you have a sentence with a complete independent clause and you don't have another independent clause with a conjunction, "and", "but", "so", "or", etcetera or a semi-colon-this is a semi-colon-that means your sentence is finished. If you have two independent clauses in a sentence and you don't have the conjunction, you don't have the semi-colon, means you have a run-on sentence. Okay? A "run-on sentence" is a sentence that has two subjects, two verbs, no spacing, no conjunction, no period. Okay? Let's look at an example of a run-on sentence. "Stacey and Claire went shopping at the mall with Ted and Alex they bought new clothes." Does this sentence seem okay to you? If it does, there's a problem. Okay? We have "Stacey and Claire" as your subject-sorry, this is a "v" actually-"went shopping at the mall". Where? "With Ted and Alex". With who? This is a complete idea. "Stacey and Claire went shopping at the mall with Ted and Alex." Your idea is complete, this is what they did. Now, at the mall, what did they do? "They bought new clothes." I put a period, I put a capital. I have to separate ideas, therefore, two separate sentences. Now, is there any other way I can fix this? Of course. I can put a comma after: "Alex," I could put the word: "and they bought", in which case, that sentence is fine. "And" joins two independent. So, every time you're writing... Punctuation, of course, is for writing, not for speaking; we don't see punctuation in speaking. Every time you write, check your sentences. If you have two independent clauses, means two subject, subject, verb, and then subject, verb. If you have two of these, two combinations of subject and verb without a period between them, without a conjunction, without a semi-colon - you have a run-on sentence. Okay? Just to make sure, here's another sentence. I'll take this away. Something came before. "As a result," -of whatever came before-"the police evacuated the tenants of the building they thought this would be safer." Oh. "The tenants of the building they thought this would be safer." Wait a minute. What's going on? Where does the sentence end? Where does the idea end? What's the next part of the sentence? Okay? "The police evacuated". Who? "The tenants". Which tenants? "Of the building". Okay? "The building they thought this", no. Okay, "The building that they thought this", no, doesn't make sense. So this must be the next subject, "they thought". Who are "they"? The police. "They thought". What? "This would be safer." So now, I need to put something here. I need to break up these two sentences because they're two separate ideas. This sentence explains why they did the action in the first sentence.
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Sean Abel (4 days ago)
I love this channel, Sir. Keep up the good work 💯
Dhungana Bhanubhakta (7 days ago)
Abdul Imran (8 days ago)
Wow it is come in my exam
Virgin Dick (10 days ago)
Rukhiyabanu Rukhiya (1 month ago)
Really useful sir....superb video
Patricia Escobar (1 month ago)
Hi! You give very clear and helpful explanations. Thank you.
Recommend to me online institution to learn English grammar
Najaf Abbas (1 month ago)
Thanks sir, you are a great teacher
BROTHA GKL (1 month ago)
Great video
Wang Qunhui (2 months ago)
As you said, exclamation marks are rarely used. But how rarely? Do we need "!" after sentence structure like "What beautiful flowers" or "Howbeautiful the flowers are"
jomaly gabotero (2 months ago)
Thank you sir for sharing your knowledge!
Ahmad Ibrahim (2 months ago)
Im 13 and i learned this at age 5 its really easy.
Maria Makinen (2 months ago)
We learn these at school. It's part of basic civilisation. The thing is the use of comma due to different styles of writing. Thx anyway.
أنا إنسان (2 months ago)
صاحب المقطع بيحكي عربي؟ Why the title is in arabic??you talk on english!!!
Kev Colin (2 months ago)
Thanks this is very useful.
Abdullah masood (2 months ago)
so a run-on sentence is wrong,right?
young scientist a (2 months ago)
Good exploration
nisib shrestha the (2 months ago)
Nice one
sunu thomas (2 months ago)
Good lessons.Thank you
Misbah Ali Khan (2 months ago)
I'LL use this for my css exam INSHALLAH
Misbah Ali Khan (2 months ago)
Very nice
brahmi mehdi (2 months ago)
what about comma? is it plays the same rule as period?
bhuna Konar (2 months ago)
brahmi mehdi period means full stop ok have u understood it
English lovers Lanuages (3 months ago)
Thank u so much Adam.. this was really awesome.
enn33 (3 months ago)
This was very useful💛Thank you so much
BLAAR DWIGHT (3 months ago)
Yeet I need this for my SOL
Harshit Sharma (3 months ago)
next time tell a me
ATHENA Darklord (3 months ago)
I just want to study amarecan high school
Dew die Rie (3 months ago)
U play resident evil 2
Ahmad Ibrahim (2 months ago)
That really irrelavant lol
Rip (3 months ago)
Can you be my f#%king doctor at the class?
Oussama Saidi (4 months ago)
Thank you teacher
은희이 (4 months ago)
Great explaination !! I love u professor Adam:))
game notifier (4 months ago)
You are really amazing! I'm a student and i learned more new cool things from your Youtube channel.
Enock Osano (4 months ago)
at 5,30 do we put [,] after because?
Yvonne Asambangni (4 months ago)
I’m still in college this is good for me
Sundia Lohana (4 months ago)
subtitle size is alot couldnt see example
Serdar Kuriş (4 months ago)
wakeupgreece (4 months ago)
Can you use a comma to separate 2 clauses?
OZ TV (4 months ago)
Thanks for the video.
Luqman Khan (5 months ago)
Very nice sir
Amaya 78 (5 months ago)
Adam, you're a great teacher.
Noor Noor (6 months ago)
excuse me what the diffrences between dot , full stop( period) , point with abbreviation we use dot or full stop ? please tell me when do we use them ?👆
Muthyala Nagamani (6 months ago)
Super explanation sir
Ganesh Kumar (6 months ago)
Nice explanation
Amjad Alkiad (6 months ago)
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Be Happy (6 months ago)
Super amazing!
Lucas Animations (7 months ago)
This is a great way to learn your Engrish, Puncuation, and Edumacation
strong sick286 (7 months ago)
this hurts my brain
campbell bailey (7 months ago)
Can you have an unclean colon?
campbell bailey (7 months ago)
The only period I lick is a function won meny English speakers use the word full menstruation too get away from the disgusting horror of the bloody mass that is punctuation in fwench
Souldear Ondehgo (7 months ago)
nice vid
kranthi boini (7 months ago)
It's been a pleasure watching your videos.
Levi (8 months ago)
Now I know why my girl’s grammar is so good, she is a pro at periods. Once a month
Qusai Huwait (8 months ago)
thank you so much Mr. Adam
Maqbool Rather (8 months ago)
Sir, can you give topic on narration change of voice
Yosf Toli (8 months ago)
l owe you one
Ron Si (8 months ago)
I’m having periods this month. I’m not pregnant
Ankit Tripathi (9 months ago)
I like all things, good and bad; beautiful and ugly; dark and bright. Sir is this sentence grammatically correct? I mean the punctuation. Please help
kamel hatem (9 months ago)
Thank you teacher.
Anajean Jaromay (9 months ago)
Such a great help Sir. Thanks!
Red Skull (9 months ago)
u use to be in writre top
Arif Jamal (9 months ago)
not understanding any word but know English
giovanni brito (9 months ago)
it seem, that the old english. haven,t lose it, they still got it! the usa teachers of ny whoever it is. lose it completely, l got it as you can see!
LemonJuice159 (9 months ago)
I starting!
Marwa Sa ' ie (9 months ago)
Jayam Lavanya (9 months ago)
Alana Kelly (10 months ago)
afralabiba afralabiba (10 months ago)
Wow nice.. Very easy
Sharon Huang (10 months ago)
next time explain it more easier!
Inder Kumar (10 months ago)
He reminded me of Chandler Bing from friends though i enjoyed learning punctuation. Good work!
Big MAMA (10 months ago)
very good
Healthy lifestyle (11 months ago)
Thanks sir
vitalik 448 (11 months ago)
Welp im here because i lost a job because of grammar
Sajeda Lili (11 months ago)
Jurij Fedorov (11 months ago)
I can read the future: I won't learn the period rules from just this video.
Yang Zhao (11 months ago)
juan terronez (11 months ago)
Thanks, you are a great teacher
Little miss Belial (1 year ago)
Australians call it a full stop too but our language is based on the English
Jess Love (1 year ago)
I'm a 9th grader thanks for helping
Jaylynn Carter (1 year ago)
This rlly helps me understa d thx
Adele Murris (1 year ago)
Thanks for teaching me 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Sultan Kabuli (1 year ago)
Phrases is an English lesson .Do it
Liam Stanley (1 year ago)
Helpful thank you 🤙🏼
It’sFaith Xx (1 year ago)
thxs for the vid
Laiba Ahmed (1 year ago)
Hey , Adam i wanted to ask a question .Can we use exclamation mark in eassy writing ?
Viktor Reznov (1 year ago)
I'm a middle school student, and this helped me out a lot with essays and my memoir I'm writing for my Humanities class. Keep up the great work! :D
please can you make a video about the word order when there are more than one adjective
DIDI DIDI (1 year ago)
I love it very simple and very clear
Martha Urtecho (1 year ago)
Thank, please explain slow , we have want learned ,
Ismaiel Waheed (1 year ago)
Great Stuff. Thnks
It’sFaith Xx (1 year ago)
that not how you write thxs
Sandy bell369 (1 year ago)
David Seng (1 year ago)
Nice Video
Luis Emilio Torres (1 year ago)
very good
DragonVIPikonic (1 year ago)
Thank you for explaining so well
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mrx ha (1 year ago)
Best teacher ever
Jagannath Yewale (1 year ago)
Adam sir I want sentence transformation of assertive to exclamatory please upload videos Thanks Jagannath
Vidya Tikale (1 year ago)
Now my paper are going on and I didn't open book and I under stand this punctuation. Thank you sir for your better explanation

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