Gap Fill


  • Choose the correct word from the drop-down menus below.
  • Click the button at the bottom to check your answers.
  • Press the "refresh" button on your browser to play again.

   abbreviation      acronym      aggressive      completely      default      each      emoticon      end      essential      expert      information      ink      message      period      punctuation      sentences      technology      view      writer      young  
A language says using a full stop to end in text messages can look rude. A full stop is used in British English; in American English, this mark is called a . Linguist Gretchen McCulloch says more and more people think ending messages with a full stop is rude. She said this is most common in younger people who use instant messaging apps like Twitter and Facebook Messenger. Ms McCulloch said people prefer to send a new message instead of ending a sentence with a full stop. She said: "If you're a person and you're sending a to someone, the way to break up your thoughts is to send thought as a new message."

The full stop dates back around 2,300 years. It is an part of writing today. School teachers can put lots of comments in red on a student's writing if that student forgets to add the full stop at the of his or her sentence. However, is changing the way we write. Most people now use abbreviations or acronyms in text messages. They might use the 'LOL' instead of writing 'laugh out loud,' or the 'fyi' rather than typing 'for your '. Ms McCulloch says not using the full stop helps the save time. She also says that a full stop can make the writer look a little . Many people prefer to end a sentence with an emoji or instead of a full stop :-)

Try the sentence jumble.

Back to the full stop lesson.

Share this lesson

More Free Sites by Sean Banville

Online Activities