Grammar Homework Sheet Year 7, Week 2
Grammar rules this week: Punctuation and sentence mood
A sentence is a unit of meaning and to end a sentence you can choose from the following three pieces of punctuation: a full stop, a question mark or an exclamation mark.
Full stops, obviously, go at the end of a sentence e.g. John was the last to arrive.
Full stops usually go at the end of sentences that are statements. We can also say that they are in the declarative mood. E.g. I don’t like cheese. Or Peter put his cat down and picked up the tin of cat food.
Question marks go at the end of a question e.g. Do you understand? This is also called the interrogative mood
Exclamation marks go at the end of a sentence that shows a strong feeling e.g. Leave me alone!
Some of these might be exclamations. We call this the emphatic mood e.g. I loved it!
Others could be commands. We call this the imperative mood e.g. Give it to me!
There may be some examples of commands (the imperative mood) that don’t convey a strong feeling, however, e.g. Take this to the English office for me please. In this case, you would end an imperative sentence with a full stop.
Always remember that you should only use ONE exclamation mark in formal, written English. It was magnificent!!!!!! X It was magnificent!