Did I grab your attention with the title of this blog post?  Can you guess what punctuation mark is going to be discussed?  Hint:  It’s not the question mark.  This month’s punctuation lesson is on the period!  I am sure many of you are very comfortable with when to use a period, but, since its use is assessed on the SAT, it is important to review its usage rules.

The Period

Rule: A period goes at the end of a sentence.

Incorrect: Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States of America

Correct: Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States of America.

Rule: Two independent clauses with no conjunction word (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) are separated by a period.

Incorrect: Simon went home sick from school he had a sore throat and fever.

Correct: Simon went home sick from school. He had a sore throat and fever.

 

Since this is the last blog post of the academic year, I thought I’d make it relatively painless. You have worked hard this school year and are in need of a well-deserved break! Make sure, though, you don’t let your SAT skills stagnate this summer. Review this blog’s Writing and Language, Reading, and Math content, and let us know what questions you have. Download the free Daily Practice for the New SAT app(https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/daily-practice-app), and, if you live in Pima County, participate in the Pima County Public Library’s Summer Learning Program (http://www.library.pima.gov/blogs/post/on-your-mark-get-set-read/). Remember, one of the best ways to prepare for the Writing and Language and Reading Tests on the SAT is to read good writing!

 

This punctuation lesson wasn’t too bad! Let’s practice one of our earlier lessons on colons and semicolons.

Would you use a colon or semicolon?

1a.  We have come up with three travel choices for this summer; Namibia, Australia, and Ecuador.

or

1b.  We have come up with three travel choices for this summer: Namibia, Australia, and Ecuador.

 

2a.  Many companies make low-fat foods; these foods contain less than five percent of fat per serving.

or

2b.  Many companies make low fat foods: these foods contain less than five percent of fat per serving.

 

3a.  Lisa calls the sport football; Victoria calls it soccer.

or

3b.  Lisa calls the sport football: Victoria calls it soccer.

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

  1. colon
  2. semicolon
  3. semicolon
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