Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn the most important punctuation rules for IELTS Writing.

Today we aren’t going to delve into every punctuation rule.

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Why is punctuation important?

It matters for your Grammar score.

If you have too many punctuation mistakes, your Grammar score drops.



Grammar Rules for IELTS Writing

Period/full stop (.)

This goes at the end of a complete sentence. It must be followed by a capital letter.

Parentheses/brackets ()

Don’t use these in your IELTS Writing, because they take the place of prepositions.


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Comma (,)

1. Can be used before a conjunction or not. Both are correct.

2. Don’t use it to join two sentences by itself. It must be used with a conjunction, or it’s a comma splice, and that’s incorrect.

3. Don’t use it before other linking words that are not conjunctions, such as “then” or “however”.

4. Don’t use it before the relative pronoun “that”.

5. Use it around other relative clauses, using “which, where, who or when”.

Semi-colon (;)

Use it to link two complete sentences, with a transition word, such as “…; however,…

Exclamation points (!)

Don’t use them in academic writing.

If you are a General candidate, you can use them in informal Task 1 letters.

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