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Capitals and End Punctuation

  • Date Submitted: 04/10/2011 05:49 AM
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o Begin every sentence with a capital latter.
o Use a period (.) at the end of a declarative sentence or an imperative sentence.
o Use a question mark (?) at the end of an interrogative sentence.
o Use an exclamatory mark (!) at the end of an exclamatory sentence.
Anita and Julia are members of an astronomy club. Anita just received this note from Julia.
My new telescope arrived yesterday. Do you want to watch the comet with me? Come to my house at 8:00 P.M on Friday. What an extraordinary sight it will be!
Capital letters help readers understand written language. Julia has begun each sentence with a capital letter. The capitals show Anita when a new sentence is beginning.
End punctuation also helps readers. A period indicates the stop people make naturally after a statement or command. A question mark indicates that a question is being asked. An exclamatory mark shows the writer has a strong-feeling or is excited about something.
The simple subject is the main word in the complete subject. You have already learned that the complete subject of a sentence is all the words in the subject part. One word in the complete subject, however, is more important than the rest. This main word is called the simple subject. Like the complete subject, the simple-subject-name someone or something.
Read the sentence below. The simple subject of each sentence is in a blue box.
Complete subject complete predicate
1. The game of table tennis was first played in 1889.

2. James Gibb invented the game.
3. He made paddles from cigar box.
Old bottle corks served as the first balls.
Gibb’s dinner table was the playing surface.
Notice in sentence 3 that the complete subject is just one word. In such cases, the simple subject is the same as the complete subject. In sentence 2, the complete subject is a name. This name is also the simple subject, although it is made up of two words.


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