Sade Olagunju PhD

English Unit, Department of General Studies

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology,

P.M.B. 4000, Ogbomoso



Punctuation marks serve some important grammatical purposes in English. Punctuation, according to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary “is the marks used in writing that divide sentences and phrases; the system of using these marks”. Punctuation marks in English include the full stop or period, colon, comma, hyphen, semi-colon, ellipsis, caret, quotation mark, obelisk, dashes, exclamation mark, question mark, asterisk, parenthesis and apostrophe. Punctuation skill is very important for both learners and users of English because it calls for effective understanding and interpretation of texts. That is, punctuation skill is required for the understanding and composition of written and spoken discourse. We shall be explaining the punctuation marks and their functions in the section below.

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Textual and Functional Orientation of Punctuation Marks in English