Year 2

Punctuation marks

Punctuation marks

Punctuation marks for Year 2 KS1 . Punctuation worksheets and games for kids by Super Brainy Beans. Primary homework help with punctuation exercises.

 

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Capital letters

Remember that sentences always start with a capital letter.

Today was sunny.

 

A person's name (proper noun) always starts with a capital letter even if they are in the middle of a sentence.

Jake went out to play. On the
way
to the park he saw Sam.

 

A place (proper noun) also begins with a capital letter.

We went to York in the holidays.

 

Special names (proper nouns) also begin with a capital letters. These are days, Monday, months, April or special dates Christmas and Easter.

Christmas is on Wednesday, 25th December.

Proper nouns can also be names of brands, Ferrari, tiles of books, plays or films, The Twits, or it could be names of paintings or sculptures, Mona Lisa.

I drove my Mercedes to Waterstones to buy a copy of The Railway Children then drove to the theatre in time to see Matilda.

Remember to use a capital letter when you use I.

While I was at the beach I had an ice cream.

Capital LettersCapital Letters
Spot where the capital letters should go.
Going to workPlay your caps right
Can you capitalise on your success?
Blown AwayBlown Away
Can you blow away the out-of-place punctuation?

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Full stops

Remember that sentences always end with a full stop.

Dolly jumped over the fence.

Full stopsFull stops (Advanced)
Read the sentence. Click and drag a snail to where the full stop should be.

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Question mark

Question marks are used at the end of a question.

Did your football match go well today?

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Exclamation mark

Use the exclamation mark to show emphasis or surprise.

Stop! The car is coming.

NOTE: Don't use more than one exclamation mark.

Pin BoredPin Bored
Bored? Then try to pin down the right punctuation using either full stops, exclamation marks or question marks.

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Commas in lists

Commas are used to separate items in a list.

Take this shopping list:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Grapes

 

As a sentence it looks like this:

I brought apples, bananas,
pears
and grapes at the shop.

Notice there is no comma separating the last two items as you have 'and' instead.

Converting lists to sentences
Try changing these lists into sentences using commas.

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Speech marks

Use speech marks when someone is talking.

"My cake had pink icing," said Jessica.

Alien PunctuationAlien Punctuation
Blast the correct punctuation in the right places.

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Apostrophes to shorten words (contractions)

You use an apostrophe to show that letters have been missed out of a word. These words are called contractions.

did not = didn't
do not = don't

noteBe careful when you use its and it's. You don't always need an apostrophe. If you are not sure, read the sentence as it is and see if makes sense.

It's raining. = It is raining. tick
The cat licked it's fur. = The cat licked it is fur. cross

The last sentence is incorrect and doesn't make sense, so you do not use an apostrophe.

Apostrophes for contractionsApostrophes for contraction
See how apostrophes are used to join two words together.
Learn the rules
Play the game

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Apostrophes to show belonging (possession)

Use an apostrophe to show that something belongs to someone. The rules below all work when talking about one person.

If the word does not end with s then just add 's.

dog = The dog's ball.

If the word end with s then either add 's or just '.

James = James's coat or James' coat.

If the word ends with ss then just add 's.

princess = The princess's gown.

Apostrophes for possessionApostrophes for possession
See how apostrophes are used to show possession.
Learn the rules
Play the game