SS 2 English Language (1st, 2nd & 3rd Term) English Language (All Classes)

Structure – Punctuation Marks; Comma, Semicolon, Question Mark and Colon

Punctuation marks are the marks or signs inserted in a piece of writing to mark off words or groups of words. The use of punctuation marks makes for effective presentation of ideas.

  1. Comma ( , )

The comma is used ……

  • To mark off words in a list.

Example:   She gave us two pencils, four rulers and pens.

  • To mark off phrases or clauses;

Example:   Having seen her son, she felt relieved.

  • To mark off non-defining relative clauses;

Example:   Mr. kargbo, who happens to be a lawyer, is aware of our situation.

  • To mark off main clauses linked by a conjunction such as and, or, but, as ,for.

Example:   They have been complaining about their flight since five years ago, but unfortunately, the management has not paid any attention

  • In direct speech, to separate the speech (in quotes) from non-speech.

Example:   She said, “Run as fast as you can”

  1. Semi – Colon ( ; )

A semicolon is used …

  • To separate two main clauses, especially those not linked by a conjunction

Example:   She looks awful; she needs a shower.

  • In place of a comma, to separate parts of a sentence which already contains comma;

Example:   He made up his mind to take the bull by the horns; he would purge the country, no matter the cost.

  1. Question Mark ( ? )

A question mark is used …

  • To mark the end of a direct question;

Example: Have you had lunch?

  • To express doubt

Example: He was in Toronto?

  • At the end of a question tag

Example: Bisi left late, didn’t she?

  1. Colon ( : )

A colon is used …

  • To introduce a list

Example:   These are the items they are asking for: a bicycle, two goats and four gallons of palm oil.

  • To introduce a phrase or clause which supplies additional information about the main clause

Example: He could not leave her in spite of her misbehavior: he lacked the courage.


Punctuate the following passage:

She was waiting for us small dowdy dirty in sharp contrast to the sham graudeur of the carson but unprepossessing as she looked the burgeo was wise in the ways of unforgiving world of water she was a proper sea – boat not a floating motel.

  1. Vocabulary Development: Words Associated with Press.
  2. Tabloid – A newspaper with small pages (usually half the size of those in larger papers)
  3. Verbatim – A report written word for word (i.e. exactly as spoken or written)
  4. Journalism– The work of collecting and writing news, stories for newspapers, magazines, radio
  5. Press man – A journalist
  6. Column – One of the vertical sections into which printed page of a book, newspaper etc. is divided.
  7. Opinion poll – The process of questioning people who are representative of a large group in order to get information about general opinion.
  8. 7. Newsreel – a short film of news that was shown in the past in cinemas/movie theaters
  9. Commentator – An expert on a particular subject who talks or writes about it on television reporting on a particular area of news.
  10. Press conference – A meeting at which somebody talks to a group of journalist in order to answer their questions or to make official statement.
  11. Editorial – connected with the task of preparing something such as a newspaper, a book etc.
  12. Headline – The title of a newspaper or article printed in large letters especially at the top
  13. Byline – a line at the beginning or end of a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine that gives the writer’s name.
  14. Type setter – a person, machine or company that prepares a book etc. for printing


  1. Ministers and other important persons in public life speak to journalist at a press _______ assembly    B. conference    C. opinion poll    D. meeting
  2. A report written word for word is known as ____ A. verbatim B. copy right C. verboseD. news item


  1. Comprehension (Reading to Grasp Sentence Paragraph Transition); An Absurdist Dramas pg 150

This drama is an absurdist one. The events are woven around strange and sometimes improbable situations. It creates a situation when things are only close to being done but are never done.


Answer the questions that accompany the passage.


  1. Form nouns from the following adjectives or descriptive word.

(a) serene     (b) civil          (c) antique       (d) modern      (e) grave          (g) loyal

  1. Replace the following nouns with appropriate adjectives.

accurate     poverty            brilliance          admiration                   power              industry


Section A

Instruction: Choose the word that best completes each of the following sentences.

  1. The officer expressed his ____ at being dismissed. indignity    B. indignation  C. indigestion
  2. It gives me much _________ to welcome you to the beginning of the new session pleasure        B. relish     C. indulgences
  3. Miss Funke is very _______ with her pupils because she loves them all prevalent   B. familiar    C. popular
  4. He added a brief __________ to his letter. postmark   B. postscript     C. post mortem
  5. The __________ that the hospital should be upgraded was warmly welcomed design   B. proposal    C. theorem.

See also



Review of Tenses

Vowel and the Consonants

Requirement of the Examination on Orals

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