End marks are used to end a sentence. They enable you to tell your reader where one thought ends and another begins. Thus, end marks help you keep your ideas distinct so that your reader can understand what you have written.
Three ways a sentence can be ended are a full stop, exclamation mark and question mark.
- This sentence finishes with a full stop.
- This sentence does not!
An exclamation mark should be used when you intend the sentence to be either a strong command or an emphatic declaration.
- Do as you are told! [strong command]
- Idiot! [emphatic declaration].
This is used to indicate a direct question.
Example: What did you mean by that outrageous claim?