Importance of PUNCTUATION in English Writing for IELTS Exam


Punctuation marks are an integral part of writing. They signal the end of a sentence(.),show strong feeling(!),indicate a query(?) ,separate items(,) , show possession(‘) , introduce a quote(“ and”), make a break within a sentence(:) ,indicate the beginning of a new sentence(CAPITAL LETTER) and provide many other important instructions to the reader.


Full stop/period   at the end of a sentence The last group of students did well in the IELTS test.
Question mark   At the end of a yes/no or wh- question Are you preparing for the IELTS test?
What subjects are you studying?
Exclamation point   After a strong statement(rarely used in formal academic writing) That is impossible!
Comma   To separate a series of three words or phrases. The tea producing countries manufacture black, green, and oolong tea.
To separate a series of two or more adjectives, when each qualifies noun separately. Tea plants have beautiful, small, fragrant flowers.
After translational words or phrases Firstly, the leaves are plucked from tea plant.
In the end, the tea is sold in the market.
Between an adjective clause when it begins with a relative pronoun (who ,whom, which, whose, that) or relative adverb(where, when) if it provides extra information. The Dutch traders, who imported the tea from China and Japan, introduced the custom of tea drinking in the 17thcentury.
Before a direct quotation The host announced, “Tea will be served in the drawing room.”