Full stops (.) – Close sentences
It is the basic notion of English that all sentences end with a full stop (.). Full stops are used to close a sentence. The new sentence that follows must always begin with a capital letter.
- I left for work. I got home at 20:00.
- Your mother would like to speak to you.
- Patrick has been out all day.
- I love going to the theme park.
- We play computer games all day. I don’t think my parents would be happy.
Full stops (.) – Abbreviations
It is correct implementation to insert a full stop after an abbreviation to replace the missing letters.
- Mr. Silver is waiting for you.
- Dr. Cooper will see you shortly.
- Mrs. Anderson works at the local school.
- My name is Dr. Andrew D. Patrick.
Full stops (.) – Emphasis
Full stops can be used for emphasising elements in a sentence by creating multiple sentences, that normally wouldn’t require a full stop.
- Did you not hear me? I. live. In. London. Got that?
- World War II was a Real. Nasty. War.
- This. Is. My. Company.
- Do. Not. Talk. To. Me.
Modal auxiliary verbs:
- Articles (a/an, the, zero article)
- Pronouns: subject, object and possessive
- Question tags
- English conditionals
- Interrogatives in English
- Phrasal verbs
- Prefixes and suffixes
- Reported and direct speech
- Numbers: cardinal, ordinal, and Roman numbers
- The verb: “get”
- ‘Get’ vs. ‘go’ and ‘got’ vs. ‘gotten’
- Copular verbs
- Cleft sentences
- Subjunctive in English
- Vulgar and taboo in English
- Split infinitive
- Emphasis with inversion
- Gerunds in English
- To + infinitive
- Bare infinitive
- British and American spelling