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   End-of-Sentence Punctuation

There are only three punctuation marks that signal the end of a sentence: the period, the question mark, and the exclamation mark.

Question mark (?)
Use a question mark to end a sentence that is a question.
Who was Zahra Fadlallah?
Period (.)
Use a period to end a sentence that is a statement.
She was a 17-year old Lebanese girl who stayed in southern Lebanon to feed Hezbollah fighters.
Exclamation point (!) Use an exclamation point to end a sentence that expresses surprise or emotion.
She and her mother died in an airstrike. How senseless was that warNote the inverted word order, "was this war," which adds even more emphasis to the exclamation. !

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