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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

Year:  Year 4 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use and Punctuate Speech

Popular topics:   Punctuation worksheets, Writing worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

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!

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