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Use Punctuation in Speech

In this worksheet, students practise using speech marks and other punctuation to represent tone when writing speech.

'Use Punctuation in Speech' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use and Punctuate Speech

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In speech, we use intonation (the way our voices go up and down), facial expression and gestures to help express ourselves.

 

In writing, punctuation can help show how something is said.

 

Try reading these sentences out loud.

1) You are going to the dentist.

2) You are going to the dentist?

3) You are going to the dentist!

In the first sentence the speaker is simply stating a fact.

 

In the second example the question mark is used to show that the speaker's voice is going up in surprise at the end of the sentence.

 

In the third sentence the speaker is ordering the listener to go to the dentist, and this is shown by the exclamation mark. Italics could be used as well to show which word is given particular stress.

You are going to the dentist!

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show anger. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

I won't stand for it any longer

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show surprise. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

You're going on holiday next week

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show surprise. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

You're wearing that to the party

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show anger. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Road hog

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show excitement. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

I can't wait to go to Disneyworld

Which word would you put in italics for emphasis in this sentence?

 

I hate peas!

I

hate

peas

Which word would you put in italics for emphasis in this sentence?

 

I am never going to start smoking.

am

never

start

Which of these sentences uses italics correctly?

 

1) It wasn't Peter who stole the money - it was Paul.

2) It wasn't Peter who stole the money - it was Paul.

money

Sentence 1

Sentence 2

Both are correct

Which of these sentences uses italics correctly?

 

1) You'll never guess who is coming to visit our school!

2) You'll never guess who is coming to visit our school!

 

Sentence 1

Sentence 2

Both are correct

Which of these sentences uses italics correctly?

 

You're not going to the party and that's my final word on the subject!

You're not going to the party and that's my final word on the subject!

Sentence 1

Sentence 2

Both are correct

  • Question 1

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show anger. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

I won't stand for it any longer

CORRECT ANSWER
I won't stand for it any longer!
EDDIE SAYS
Using an exclamation mark helps to show that the speaker is angry.
  • Question 2

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show surprise. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

You're going on holiday next week

CORRECT ANSWER
You're going on holiday next week?
EDDIE SAYS
Using a question mark shows surprise and makes the sentence sound like a question even though it is really a statement.
  • Question 3

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show surprise. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

You're wearing that to the party

CORRECT ANSWER
You're wearing that to the party?
EDDIE SAYS
The question mark shows the speaker's surprise.
  • Question 4

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show anger. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Road hog

CORRECT ANSWER
Road hog!
EDDIE SAYS
The exclamation mark shows that the speaker is probably shouting.
  • Question 5

Add punctuation to the following sentence to show excitement. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

I can't wait to go to Disneyworld

CORRECT ANSWER
I can't wait to go to Disneyworld!
EDDIE SAYS
The exclamation mark shows that the person is speaking in an excited way.
  • Question 6

Which word would you put in italics for emphasis in this sentence?

 

I hate peas!

CORRECT ANSWER
hate
EDDIE SAYS
If the sentence was 'I hate peas but I like beans' then the word 'peas' might be in italics to show the contrast between peas and beans.
  • Question 7

Which word would you put in italics for emphasis in this sentence?

 

I am never going to start smoking.

CORRECT ANSWER
never
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker would probably emphasise the word 'never' to highlight the fact that he or she won't take up smoking even in the future.
  • Question 8

Which of these sentences uses italics correctly?

 

1) It wasn't Peter who stole the money - it was Paul.

2) It wasn't Peter who stole the money - it was Paul.

money

CORRECT ANSWER
Both are correct
EDDIE SAYS
If you want to emphasise that Peter didn't do anything you could put the word 'wasn't' into italics, but if you want to emphasise that Paul was actually the guilty one then you could put 'Peter' into italics.
  • Question 9

Which of these sentences uses italics correctly?

 

1) You'll never guess who is coming to visit our school!

2) You'll never guess who is coming to visit our school!

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Both are correct
EDDIE SAYS
If you wanted to highlight how difficult it would be to guess the correct person then you would put 'never' into italics, but if you were trying to impress a friend at a different school you could put the word 'our' into italics.
  • Question 10

Which of these sentences uses italics correctly?

 

You're not going to the party and that's my final word on the subject!

You're not going to the party and that's my final word on the subject!

CORRECT ANSWER
Both are correct
EDDIE SAYS
The first sentence would normally be correct but if your mother was telling you that you couldn't go even though your older brother was going, then the emphasis could be on the word 'you're'.
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