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We all know that the word 'PERIOD' is used to convey your stance firmly. Period means 'full stop', that's it!

Spoken Sentence - "You are not doing that [a little pause] PERIOD"

But what if I want to write it? Do we require a full stop. If yes, where the word 'PERIOD' goes? Also, do we have comma? semi colon? Which one is preferred out of these:

Written Sentences

You are not doing that. Period. (two 'full stops') or
You are not doing that, period. (first comma, in last full stop) or
You are not doing that, period (only comma, no full stop) or
You are not doing that period (no comma or full stop) or
You are not doing that; period. (semi colon and in last, full stop)

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    Related question on ELU. – J.R. Jan 20 '15 at 10:04
  • @J.R. oh...it did not show up in Google results! so..it's comma and period period! thanks :) – Maulik V Jan 20 '15 at 10:59
  • It's hard to find that question on ELU because so many questions ask about the period (the punctuation mark) as opposed to "Period!" (the emphatic exclamation). I only found it because I knew it was there – and even then, I almost gave up :^) – J.R. Jan 20 '15 at 11:03
  • It's American English. – Jelila Jan 31 '18 at 12:22
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You are not doing that. Period. (two 'full stops')

OK. "Period." is an exclamation. You could also use an "!".

You are not doing that, period. (first comma, in last full stop)

OK


You are not doing that, period (only comma, no full stop)

No. Sentences need a period at the end regardless of what is written.

You are not doing that period (no comma or full stop)

No. Sentences need a period at the end regardless of what is written.

You are not doing that; period. (semi colon and in last, full stop)

No. Semi-colon is not appropriate since it is not separating independent clauses.

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    For the exclamation, you could also employ a dash: "You are not doing that – period!" – J.R. Jan 20 '15 at 10:05

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