OF CHARACTERS USED IN PUNCTUATION.
A Comma [, ] denotes the slightest degree of separation between the
elements of a sentence.
A Semicolon [; ] denotes a degree of separation somewhat greater than that
indicated by a comma.
A Colon [:] marks a still greater degree of separation than a semicolon.
A Period [.] usually indicates the close of a sentence.
The Interrogation Point [?] is used at the end of a question.
The Exclamation Point [!] denotes astonishment or other emotion.
A Hyphen [ – ] is used to join words or syllables.
A Dash [-] marks a sudden break or stop in a sentence.
A Parenthesis [( )] includes words which might be left out without
injuring the sense.
Brackets [ ] inclose words, etc., intended to explain or rectify what
precedes or follows.
An Apostrophe [‘] indicates the omission of one or more letters; or
denotes the possessive case.
Quotation Marks [” “] show that the passage included, is taken from some