Full Stop (period)

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Full stops (also called »periods«) are not only used at the end of a sentence, but also in abbreviations and decimals.

Full Stop at the End of Sentences
  • Use a full stop to end affirmative sentences.
    • Example: I go shopping every day.
  • Use a full stop to end orders.
    • Example: Leave me alone.

Note: Americans often type two blanks after the punctuation mark at the end of a sentence.


Full Stop after Abbreviations
  • The full stop after abbreviations is optional in American English, but not usually used in British English.
    • Example:
      • BE: Mrs Robinson, 5 kg, NBC
      • AE also: Mrs. Robinson, 5 kg., C.N.N.
  • Don't use a full stop after acronyms.
    • Example: NATO, AIDS
 
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