Punctuation marks


Punctuation marks are visual signs, graphic signs that we make in the writings to mark the necessary pauses and thus give it a meaning, which means appropriate for what we put on paper, or in the document.

In Spanish orthography, the most used punctuation marks are: the point, the comma, the colon, the semicolon, the question marks, the admiration, the parentheses, the ellipsis and the quotation marks.

Punctuation marks have a great function because their correct use allows a coherent and unambiguous understanding of the content of a text.

Through punctuation marks, there are structured texts, ordering and classifying ideas into main and secondary ones, which allows the reader a better interpretation, analysis and understanding of the content.

The period is a short pause that indicates that a message has ended and a new one begins. In this case we refer to the point and continue. If the topic or focus changes or the narrator wants to say something different, the period should be used separately. In other words, a single point serves to continue on the same course or to go to other places in the narrative.

And the meaning of the point does not end with its version of point and follows or separates. There is also a semicolon (;). It is a sign that is being devalued because it is used less and less in texts. And it is not because it is useless or inaccurate, it means that its meaning makes a lot of sense: a short statement, an intermediate level between the comma and the period.

On the other hand, the colon (:) announces the development of a fundamental issue that we wish to highlight and develop more precisely.

To highlight specific words or phrases to use the quote resource, also to include testimonial quotes or popular phrases.

The comma is a punctuation mark that has the shape of a small hook (,) and serves to indicate a brief pause within the sentence. You can get to separate different words or sentences, but they should always refer to the same topic.

Question marks (?) are punctuation marks that serve to indicate that the sentence that precedes or follows these signs is a question.

Like the interrogative signs, the exclamatory signs, (!) Also called “exclamation marks” give a particular tone to the sentence they enclose because, as their name affirms, they give it an exclamatory intonation with the intention of emphasizing and get the reader’s attention.