There are two uses of the full stop:

  • To mark the end of a sentence expressing a statement (if you are unsure whether the words constitute a sentence, look for a verb which is an essential component of a sentence) [This is a sentence with the verb ‘is’.]
  • To signify an acronym – [N.A.T.O. for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (although increasingly it is acceptable and even preferable not to use full stops in such cases)]
  • Note: A common mistake is to use a comma where a full stop should be used, as in the linking of statements or sentences.

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