Period (.)

Periods are used:

  • to mark the end of a sentence that is a complete statement:

My name’s Beth and I turned 18 in July.

After leaving school, she went to work at an insurance company.

  • to mark the end of a group of words that don’t form a conventional sentence, so as to emphasize a statement:

I keep reliving that moment. Over and over again.

The luncheon will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Waterfront Restaurant.

There’s a wide range of sandwiches, pies, cakes, etc., at very reasonable prices.

  • in website and email addresses:

www.oup.com

If an abbreviation with a period comes at the end of a sentence you don’t need to add another period:

Bring your own pens, pencils, rulers, etc.

See more advice about how to write abbreviations.

 

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