Hint: Punctuation refers to the use of spacing, traditional signs (known as punctuation marks), and some typographical devices to help in the comprehension and proper reading of written text, whether read silently or aloud. Period, comma, question mark, hyphen, dash, parentheses, apostrophe, ellipsis, quotation mark, colon, semicolon, and exclamation point are examples of punctuation marks.
Let us look at the options given above to choose the correct answer:
A) The man took the picture down from the wall. He then cleaned the frame of the picture: This is the correct option. The end of a declarative or imperative sentence should be punctuated with a full stop. An imperative sentence is one that gives an order, while a declarative sentence states a simple fact or statement.
The provided sentences are declarative in nature, and a time should be used to separate them.
B) The man took the picture down from the wall: he then cleaned the frame of the picture.: This option is incorrect because to signify focus, interruption, or a change of thought, commas and colons are used. In the above sentence, there is no need to show any interruption or change of thought.
C) The man took the picture down from the wall = he then cleaned the frame of the picture.: This option is incorrect because the equal sign is a mathematical symbol that indicates that two things are equal. In the above question, there is no equality between the two sentences.
D) NO CHANGE: This option is incorrect because the correct answer is Option A.
Thus, the correct answer is option ‘A’.
Note: Certain rules while using the punctuation marks are:
- Correctly use apostrophes.
- Know when and when to use quotation marks.
- Understand how to use parentheses as a punctuation mark.
- For compound adjectives, use a hyphen.
- Differentiate between a colon and a semicolon.
- At the end of a sentence, avoid using multiple punctuation marks.