One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Full Stop/Period (.)
Full stop is the British English term for this punctuation mark; it is known as a period in American English. It is used:
Full stops are used:
- to mark the end of a sentence that is a complete statement:
My name’s Beth and I was 18 in July.
After leaving school, she went to work in 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.
- in some abbreviations, for example etc., Dec., or p.m.:
There’s a wide range of sandwiches, pies, cakes, etc. at very reasonable prices.
- in website and email addresses:
If an abbreviation with a full stop comes at the end of a sentence you don’t need to add another full stop:
Bring your own pens, pencils, rulers, etc.
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