Punctuation 2 - The Full Stop, or Period (in America)
There are 10 situations when a Full Stop is used in English.
1) The most common use is to mark the END OF A SENTENCE which is not a question or an exclamation.
When used like that, it must be followed by a capital letter.
- London is the capital of England. It is not the capital of France.
2) A full stop is used with abbreviations.
- Dr. is short for Doctor.
3) A full stop is used after the initials in a name.
- George W. Bush.
4) Full stops are used with acronyms, where letters are used to represent longer names.
- The U.N. is short for The United Nations.
5) A full stop is sometimes used with dates.
6) A full stop can be used to separate the hours from the minutes when time is given.
- 9.12 a.m.
7) With numbers, a full stop is used as a decimal separator.
- 3.267 inches. In such cases it is called a POINT, and the number is described as 3 point 267 inches.
8) With money, a full stop is used to separate pounds from pence.
- £3.67, which is described orally as 3 pounds 67 pence.
9) In computing, as in e-mail addresses, a full stop is used as a separator, and is called a DOT.
- email@example.com would be expressed orally as A dot B at C dot com.
10) Three full stops in a row, called suspension points, are used to indicate missing text.
- "...because it was his birthday," he said.
INCORRECT SENTENCE: - My name is Dr. A. J. Lewis I am French