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Full stops, question and exclamation marks

A full stop shows that you have finished a sentence. Every sentence must end with a full stop, question or exclamation mark.

This sentence ends with a full stop.

Question marks

A question mark is used to show when someone has asked a question.

Are we going on holiday next week?

Exclamation marks

An exclamation mark is used to show when something is surprising or forceful.

Ouch! That really hurt!

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