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.
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.
- I win!
- Harold got a new job!
- Stop doing that!
- Get off of my lawn!
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June 15, 2018