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Full Stop or Period

full stop or periodfull stops or periods

1. Use a full stop at the end of a sentence:

  • The man arrived. He sat down.

2. Use full stops with abbreviations (in an abbreviation the last letter of the word and of the abbreviation are not the same):

  • Co. (Company)
  • etc. (et cetera)
  • M.P. (Member of Parliament)

3. Do not use full stops with contractions (in a contraction the last letter of the word and of the contraction are the same):

  • Ltd (Limited)
  • Dr (Doctor)
  • St (Saint)
The rule about abbreviations and contractions is not followed by everyone. Sometimes it is a question of style. The important thing is to be consistent.

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