Punctuation: Full Stops Commas
Welcome to another video from British Panda: Videos for Chinese Students, Business People and visitors, helping them to get the most out of the stay in the UK.
In this video we look at some very common mistakes that Chinese people can make with their English punctuation and that is their usage of full stops and commas.
Sometimes, even Chinese students and business people with a high level of English make the mistakes mentioned in this video.
1: Full Stops
Firstly, full stops, known as a period if you learn American English.
Of course, just like with Chinese, English finished every sentence with a full stop. However, there should never be a space before a full stop and always a space after.
Sometimes, sentences are finished with three full stops… These are referred to as ellipses and are used to indicate to the reader an unfinished thought, a leading statement, a slight pause, an echoing voice, an awkward silence or a trailing off into silence.
As with full stops, there should never be a space before a comma and always one space afterward.
Commas are used in English to allow the reader to take a breath and to connect simple sentences into compound sentences i.e. connecting two often dependent clauses.
But overall, commas are for adding natural pauses for the reader.
So if you remember the rules that with both full stops and commas there is never a space before them,
but always a space after them, that’s a great start.