Example of Period: What It Is and How To Use It

Do you know what a period is? This article will provide you with all of the information you need on periods, including its definition, usage, example sentences, and more!

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What is a period?

According to Your Dictionary, a period is also called a full stop. This is a punctuation mark that marks the end of a declarative sentence/end of declarative sentences. There are many other types of punctuation marks such as question marks, quotation marks, semicolons, an ellipsis, exclamation marks, colons, closing quotation mark, and more that come at the end of sentences and refer to the tone of the preceding statement. After a period, take a full pause before starting the next sentence to have proper cadence. The word period has been used since the Middle English periode. This comes from Old French and Medieval Latin periodus, from the Latin perihodosand Greek periodos meaning circuit, from peri- and hodos way.

The word period can also refer to a length of time such as a rhetorical period, division of geologic time, era or particular historical period, according to Merriam-Webster. It can also be used to refer to the division of the playing time in a sports game. For example, someone may have made a goal in the second period of a hockey game, or had math for second period in school. Sometimes the word period is used to refer to the periodic table which tells the number of electron shells an element has like hydrogen or helium. Try looking at a horizontal row of the periodic table, called a period. There are different groups of elements with similar properties, like the noble cases, an alkali metal or actinides.

Period is also another term for menstruation or the menstrual cycle, which is when a female sheds the uterine lining after experiencing ovulation but not fertilization or pregnancy. Periods have high product costs. Example of period costs include pads and tampons. Menstrual blood sheds from the womb and comes out of the vagina onto a pad like a tissue or a tampon. After menopause, a woman no longer has a period. Some people experience severe pain during a period and take birth control pills to ease it. Hormones like estrogen are released from the ovaries and the lining of the uterus sheds. The first day of your period, you may experience a headache or cramps.

What is an example of a period?

A period can be used in many different contexts in the English language. Trying to use a word or literary technique in a sentence is one of the best ways to memorize what it is, but you can also try making flashcards or quizzes that test your knowledge. Try using this term of the day in a sentence today! Below are a couple of examples of periods that can help get you started incorporating this tool into your everyday use.  Take a look at these period examples from Ginger, Grammarly, Really Learn English and Grammar Monster

  •  Place recyclable items in the blue bin next to the dumpster.
  •  Rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
  •  I wondered why Bob wasn’t there.
  •  Rd. is the abbreviation for road.
  •  Turn left at the next light.
  •  The coach asked Jared why he was late for practice.
  •  Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough. (Revolutionary socialist Karl Marx)
  •  Hand me the pencil.
  •  Charlie scarfed up every Cheeto that fell out of the bag. (I wasn’t fast enough to stop him.) At least we won’t have to sweep the floor.
  •  You were meant to be here at 4 o’clock a.m. not p.m.! 
  •  Hamlet asked whether it was “nobler . . . to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles.”
  •  Tim asked about that book.
  •  Advise no one to go to war or marry. (Spanish proverb)
  •  Mr. is the abbreviation for Mister.
  •  If you want to visit the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, you will need to travel to Washington, D.C.
  •  She asked me why I didn’t go to school yesterday.
  •  United States of America is abbreviated U.S.A.
  •  I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception. (Comedian Groucho Marx)
  •  The bus was supposed to come at 3:00 so we waited and waited . . . and waited. Wait a minute . . . If you’re not watching Charlie, who is? I guess we could meet you there later. If there’s time . . .
  •  I like dogs. My dog is named Charlie. Charlie is the coolest dog who has ever lived; that’s a fact and not just my opinion.
  •  My mother used to wonder why my brother’s room was cluttered.
  •  The story is on every major news channel, e.g., C.N.N. and B.B.C.
  •  I have something to ask you.
  •  Write again soon.
  •  Avoid a cure that is worse than the disease. (Greek storyteller Aesop)
  •  I am a Marxist of the Groucho tendency. (Anon)
  •  Lock the door behind you.
  •  Our city’s police cars are painted black and white.
  •  School starts on Wednesday.
  •  The dog is brown.
  •  The baby’s name is Grace.
  •  My mother loved to remind me of the old saying “waste not, want not.” Phillip said, “I can’t remember where I heard about the banjo concert, but I sure want to go.”
  •  My sister’s name is Lisa.
  •  Charlie barked wildly when he caught the scent of fresh bacon (his favorite).
  •  Please keep off the grass.
  •  The baby is crying.
  •  Gloria wants to be a nurse after she finishes high school.
  •  Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to get a seat for the concert; it begins at 6 p.m.
  •  Lee likes pies.
  •  Pick up the blue ball.
  •  My dog retrieves the paper for me each morning.
  •  I like to eat pizza.

Overall, a period is a full stop.


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