Ch 3: Punctuation & Capitalization

About This Chapter

After reviewing this informative chapter, you should understand how to use punctuation and capitalization in your writing. The video and text lessons provided here will easily walk you through these topics so you can get great scores on your essays and improve your class grade.

Punctuation & Capitalization - Chapter Summary

In this fun chapter, our instructors cover the rules and uses for capitalization and punctuation so you can correctly utilize them when writing. You'll review commas, apostrophes, hyphens and some of the more challenging rules relating to these punctuation marks, capitalization rules and more. Each short lesson thoroughly explains these topics so you'll be able to apply your learning to your class work. You can work on them any time you'd like on your mobile device or computer for easy, flexible study options. This chapter is designed to help you:

  • Identify when you need to use a comma in your writing
  • Use question marks correctly
  • Understand the meaning and use of exclamation marks
  • Give an example of the correct usage of an apostrophe
  • Describe the rules that apply to hyphens
  • Detail the correct use of dashes and parentheses
  • Use the correct capitalization rules for titles, headlines and letters

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Punctuation & Capitalization
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
When Do You Need a Comma?

1. When Do You Need a Comma?

Commas are a critical part of grammar, but they can be tricky to use. In this lesson, we will learn a few of the basic rules of using a comma to make our writings clearer for readers.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

2. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

3. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

4. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

What is a Hyphen? - Rules & Examples

5. What is a Hyphen? - Rules & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn what the hyphen punctuation mark is, how the hyphen is different from a dash, and the main rules for using hyphens in your writing.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

6. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

Capitalization Rules for Headlines & Titles

7. Capitalization Rules for Headlines & Titles

In this lesson you will learn rules for using capital and lower-case letters in titles. We will discuss Title Case and look at examples of words that should and should not be capitalized in a title.

How to Use Capitalization in a Letter

8. How to Use Capitalization in a Letter

Capitalization rules are important parts of successful letter writing. In this lesson, we'll see how words should be capitalized in a letter and look at some common examples.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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