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I am trying to teach punctuations to my little daughter. For that I am looking for a way to memories the punctuations and their correct usage. Particularly, I am looking for one or two sentences that contain all the punctuations with their correct usage. Can somebody please help me construct such a sentence; it would be helpful!

If there are more than one sentences, then it would be better if they are related to each other.

Punctuation marks: period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, colon, semicolon, apostrophe. There are others as well; however, I am happy with these seven.

Thank You!

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  • Define "all punctuation". Sep 30, 2023 at 16:06
  • @DoneWithThis. added the major ones.
    – IYIY
    Sep 30, 2023 at 16:33
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    Then there must be at least three sentences ;) Sep 30, 2023 at 16:34
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    This is a very bad idea. Why teach your child something that would be extremely unusual in English? ("using all the punctuations"). By the way, punctuation is singular and we say punctuation marks. The idea though sounds like "over-parenting" to me. Your daughter is probably too young anyway. Under 10??
    – Lambie
    Sep 30, 2023 at 16:41
  • @Lambie Punctuation marks are not unusual. She is 11, in class 6. There is a chapter in English book.
    – IYIY
    Sep 30, 2023 at 17:40

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There must be at least three sentences, since the full-stop (period), question mark and exclamation mark all end a sentence (or utterance)

— Girl: Dad, what's the naughtiest thing you've ever done?

— Father: I once stole £5 from grandma's purse; I spent it on sweets.

— Girl: Oh my gosh!

That dialogue has your seven punctuation marks, though the semicolon is a bit forced.

It's a bit useless, of course. Since each punctuation mark has several different uses, and this only illustrates one or two. I agree with Lambie... This is probably a bad idea.

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  • That colon sounds like forced dialogue to me.
    – Lambie
    Sep 30, 2023 at 16:48
  • Totally forced. But separating the speaker from the dialogue is a valid use of the colon.
    – James K
    Sep 30, 2023 at 16:49
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    I appreciate the humour but feel sorry for the kid: A wee Japanese girl.
    – Lambie
    Sep 30, 2023 at 16:50
  • Have to deduct half a point for using the dash as a bullet point marker. How about "... you've ever done — well, maybe not the absolute naughtiest, but something you did as a kid." Sep 30, 2023 at 18:40
  • Not a bullet point. A mark of a new speaker. See how James Joyce formats all direct quote (he doesn't use “ ”) Probably redundant to the the explicit speaker names.
    – James K
    Sep 30, 2023 at 19:56
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I hope @James K allows me to borrow his script.

The girl said, "Dad, after hearing your story that you stole $9.20 from grandma's purse at 6:30 AM on 18 March 2003; you said it was for buying sweets, did I say 'Oh my gosh!'?"

More examples of uses of punctuation marks, like the following, are in GBSE.

Why does Shakespeare give Malcolm the banal question ‘O! by whom?’?

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