The word "point" indicates the importance of something, or it indicates where something is located.

  • Witnesses to an accident pointed out to rescue workers the location where a car entered the water.
  • I’m looking for the nearest bank. Can you point me in the right direction?
  • A young woman pointed us towards an area of the city where food trucks are parked and selling food.
  • The store employee pointed out the differences between two wide-screen TVs.
  • Street signs point visitors to areas of interest within a city.
  • Highway signs point towards exits and other highways.
  • A compass points north.

woman pointing She’s yelling and pointing at an employee who make a big mistake at work.

As a noun, the word "point" may refer to a few different things. In this first set of examples, a point is an idea:

  • The woman at the meeting made a good point about the usefulness of an agenda.
  • The film we saw last night made a point of showing the audience the horrors of war.
  • I see your point. (I understand your idea.)

A point can also be a reason:

  • The point of the project is to provide safe housing to people who are homeless.
  • There’s no point in wasting money on cheap food with low nutritional value.
  • What’s the point of doing this?

A point is also a sharp object or the narrow end of something:

  • An arrow has a sharp point.
  • It has a pointy end. (The word "pointy" is an adjective.)
  • Many knives have a sharp point at the end of the blade.
  • We like to go fishing from a small piece of land that forms a point in the lake.

A point can also be a time or a place.

  • There’s a point at which we can no longer borrow money. We’ll have to stop.
  • The travelers suddenly realized that they had reached the point of no return and were unable to go back.
  • George and Theresa’s marriage moved past the breaking point, so they divorced.

An exclamation point ends a sentence with emphasis.

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  • I win!
  • Harold got a new job!
  • Stop doing that!
  • Get off of my lawn!

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June 15, 2018