End Marks

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
  • Use a period after a declarative or imperative statement:
    I went to the library.
    Sign your name here.
  • Use a question mark after a direct question or to indicate uncertainty:
    What is your name?
    Chaucer's dates are 1340??1400.
    Do not use a question mark after an indirect question: I asked them what time they were leaving.
  • Use an exclamation point after an exclamatory or emphatic sentence or an interjection:
    Give me a break!
    Hey! Ouch! Wow!

See also: Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Mark: The End of the Line