Stop, hop, and go!!

Ratna Rao

question-mark Punctuation marks are like the sauce that adds taste to a pizza and without which the pizza seems insipid. The bread of the pizza is the language, the vegetables are the literary devices and the sauces and seasonings are the punctuation marks that add expression, tone, and meaning to a sentence.

While speaking, we can pause or change the tone of our voice to indicate different expressions; in writing, this can be achieved by using punctuation marks. Punctuation marks help organize and structure a sentence, and provide clarity and stress.

As we all know the use of a punctuation mark can change the meaning of an entire sentence. The following examples illustrate the importance of punctuation marks and how they change meanings drastically.

Let’s eat grandpa.
Let’s eat, grandpa.
We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!

These are some very common examples of wrong or no use of punctuations at all.

Though it is easy to teach the rules of punctuation, it’s difficult to make students remember and use the marks correctly. Activities and games could make the learning fun and long-lasting.

Some activities that can be used for teaching punctuations are discussed below.

The author is a teacher educator at Calorx Teachers’ University, Ahmedabad. She can be reached at

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