The Fluency Book – Random (Punctuation Marks & Symbols)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

What is the Fluency Book?

Below are the most common punctuation marks and symbols that most native speakers in any language should know.  Fill in all the blanks with the translation.  Use a dictionary.  Then move onto the next list!  Every few months, come back, print it out again, and see how many you can remember.  When you can fill this out without looking at a dictionary, nice job!

RANDOM    _________________

PUNCTUATION MARKS    ___________________

  • period ( . ) _______________________
  • comma( , ) _______________________
  • exclamation point ( ! ) _______________________
  • question mark ( ? ) _______________________
  • hyphen ( – ) _______________________
  • dash ( — ) _______________________
  • colon ( : ) _______________________
  • semi-colon ( ; ) _______________________
  • slash ( / ) _______________________
  • backslash ( \ ) _______________________
  • square bracket [ ] _______________________
  • curly bracket { } _______________________
  • angle bracket < > _______________________
  • parentheses ( ) _______________________
  • quotation mark ( ” ) _______________________
  • single quotation mark ( ‘ ) _______________________
  • at symbol ( @ ) _______________________
  • hash sign ( # ) _______________________
  • dollar sign ( $ ) _______________________
  • euro sign ( € ) _______________________
  • yen sign ( ¥ ) _______________________
  • pound sign ( £ ) ______________________
  • RMB Yuan sign (¥/) ______________________
  • percent sign ( % ) _______________________
  • ampersand ( & ) _______________________
  • asterisk ( * ) _______________________
  • plus sign ( + ) _______________________
  • minus sign ( – ) _______________________
  • division sign ( / ) _______________________
  • multiplication sign ( x ) _______________________
  • copyright sign © _______________________
  • registered copyright sign ® _______________________
  • trademark sign ™ _______________________

Related Words

  • symbol  _______________________
  • grammar _______________________
  • sentence structure _______________________
  • noun _______________________
  • verb _______________________
  • adjective _______________________
  • adverb _______________________
  • open quotation mark _______________________
  • close quotation mark _______________________
  • mathematics _______________________
  • statistics _______________________
  • internet _______________________

Related Verbs

  • to add  _______________________
  • to subtract _______________________
  • to multiply _______________________
  • to divide _______________________

Related Expressions

  • to copyright something  __________________________________________
  • to trademark something ___________________________________________

Common Sentences

  • Would you mind correcting my grammar in this sentence, please?   __________________________________________________________________
  • Wow!   I really love your writing style! __________________________________________________________________
  • I’m not sure if my use of punctuation here is correct.   __________________________________________________________________
  • Twenty percent of fifty is ten.   __________________________________________________________________
  • If you need to copyright or trademark something, typically you will go talk to a lawyer to get expert advice.   __________________________________________________________________
  • This is what she said: “You are absolutely crazy!”  I asked in reply, “Why do you think that?”  She didn’t answer me.  __________________________________________________________________
  • I am a scorpio – that is, I was born on a day and time that associates with the scorpio star sign.   But I’m not sure I believe in that stuff.  __________________________________________________________________
  • I need to exchange all of my British pounds, Chinese renminbe, Japanese yen, and European euros for American dollars.  I’m moving to New York! __________________________________________________________________
  • The most-used punctuation marks are the period, exclamation point, comma, and question mark, but we also frequently use the colon, semi-colon, quotation marks, brackets, and parentheses. __________________________________________________________________

Are we missing any others that most native speakers know?  Let us know!  We appreciate your assistance as a volunteer!


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