Punctuation is the term used for the marks, such as the period/full stop, comma, dash, and parentheses, used to separate structural units, and perform other roles that clarify the meaning.

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Next week, in particular, is my wife(')(,) Liana's(,) show

I was writing an email to my department, and was informing them about an art show my wife was having. So I wrote: Next week, in particular, is my wife Liana's show. But then I realized that I ...
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Using hyphens with number ranges

Which one of these is correct? Students will give a four-to-seven minute lecture about their topic. Students will give a four to seven minute lecture about their topic. Students will give a 4-7 ...
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Should I add punctuation after each in a a list of incomplete sentences?

When writing a list of potentially incomplete sentences, how should I punctuate each item? Daycare Admission Rules: No older than 5 years No younger than 1 year No purple Hair Do I end each with ...
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Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (back-tick)

A recent discussion came up in GameDev that suggests that when you are using apostrope for abbreviations, that the correct apostrophe to use when typing is the back-tick (on US Keyboards below the ...
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When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? [on hold]

When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? Ex. "Linkin Park - In the End" or "Linkin Park – ...
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Can I use two colons in a sentence?

Can I use two colons in a sentence? A typical example would be something like the following: Note: I have substantial experience with the following languages: Python, Java, C++, and Perl. I have ...
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Punctuation in a series of verb phrases

A youngster literally pulls himself up by his bootstraps; finds a hero; establishes a dream; and then goes for it. Is a semicolon the correct punctuation here?
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showing possession at end of a sentence [closed]

How do I properly show possession this the sentence, "I went to Robins." or is it "I went to Robin's?"
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Is a comma necessary before “for which”?

Is a comma needed in this sentence? Is for which used correctly in this sentence? We define message codes for which security is well defined.
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Usage of the Oxford Comma with “and”

I was told that this sentence is correct with the usage of a comma before and after the word and. I want to correct my grammar if I am in error. To claim a prize, send a Private Message to me ...
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Would a comma be necessary here

Supposedly, when combining an independent clause with a participial clause, you separate them with a comma. But what about a sentence like: We built this facility, using the latest technology. To ...
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Full list of end of sentence characters

I'm looking for a list of end of sentence characters. The reason for this is because I'm creating links out of plain text using PHP and I need to make sure I correctly interpret various characters ...
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Ending sentence with etc in parentheses [duplicate]

I've seen prior discussions of ending a sentence with "etc." and I know there should only be one period. But what if the "etc." comes inside parenthesis which then end the sentence, such as: ...
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Which is correct — period, semicolon, or colon? [duplicate]

Each day, difficult choices have to be made. Who will live, and who will die? Each day, difficult choices have to be made; Who will live, and who will die? Each day, difficult choices have ...
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Which is the correct way to start a letter ? - 1) Hi, Joe, or 2) Hi Joe, [duplicate]

The question is whether we require a comma after 'Hi' or not.
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What's the right punctuation for the following list?

Many cases of animal suicide were discused. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion. A school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no reason whatsoever. A deer threw itself from ...
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Is a comma required in “Until now X, that it is about time we do Y”?

I am wondering if I should leave the comma in the following sentence: Until now he has been behaving so badly, that it is about time we do something about it.
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How to write a question with a suggested answer at the end

How do you properly convey in writing a sentence where a question is asked and followed by a suggested answer? For example, the question "What are we having for dinner?" is asked, and the guess ...
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Is a comma still required before the name of the addressee when there's a tag question?

For a sentences like "You're a good person, Tom." and "You're a good person, aren't you?" There's no doubt the commas are required. But what about: "You're a good person, aren't you, Tom?" Are both ...
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Punctuating quoted questions within quoted dialog

How should this be punctuated? I'm unable to change the dialog but am wondering if the final '?. is correct. The question was not, 'have you smoked?' It was, 'do you smoke?'.
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Usage of hyphen when naming colors

When is it appropriate to use a hyphen when naming colors? For instance Blue-green has a dash but Teal blue does not. Is there some general English rule that applies?
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A Comma Here Or Not? [duplicate]

That's what this struggle, this isolation, this retreat is all about. Should there be a comma after this retreat? In the state above, it looks to me as if this struggle and this isolation are ...
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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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Is the usage of a hyphen in “ad hoc” acceptable?

I know that "ad hoc" is a Latin phrase and I've typically seen it used without a hyphen. However, many technical articles use a hyphen. For example: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/A/ad_hoc_mode.html ...
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Should the word after “e.g.” be capital

If you are using a word that normally wouldn't start with a capital letter, should it be lower case after an e.g.? Also should e.g. have a capital E at the start of a sentence? Example phrases: ...
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How to punctuate combinations of 'and' and 'or'

For this question, please bear in mind that or denotes [[either or both]]. I need to express that Mary will go to the movies with, either one of, or both of, Jane and John. Jane or John and Mary ...
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Syntax for “doesn't do this thing” but “will”

Working on this sentence: I look forward to iOS in the Car so the one clock that doesn't set itself automatically will. Recognizing that it (intentionally) feels non-standard, is it ...
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How to punctuate “To be, or not to be, that is the question”

What would be the correct way to punctuate this line from Hamlet? Should there simply be commas or should a colon be used? e.g.: To be, or not to be: that is the question.
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Spacing after Mr./Mrs./Ms.? [closed]

Should I put a space after Mr./Mrs./Ms.? In other words, should it be "Mr.Jones" or "Mr. Jones?"
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Does this require a question mark, comma, or dash?

Which do you prefer? Apples or oranges? Which do you prefer, apples or oranges? Which do you prefer—apples or oranges?
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Omission of commas after speech tags? [duplicate]

I'm seeing commas omitted after dialogue tags in writing. Examples Zachary said 'I'm tired of his rudeness'. I often see the comma omitted after the speech tags 'He said', 'She said' at the ...
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Why is the full stop outside of the quote? [closed]

Could somebody tell me why the full stop is placed outside the single quote after the word 'there' in the example below? Shouldn't the full stop go inside? “I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your ...
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Punctuating a salutation on a line by itself [duplicate]

In a salutation on a line by itself, which version is punctuated correctly? Hi, Mr Lawler, I am writing to say [...] Hi Mr Lawler, I am writing to say [...] Hi, Mr Lawler. ...
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Ages — Semicolons, commas or parentheses? [closed]

Which is preferred below--1, 2 or 3? Are all versions technically correct? Which is your pick? 1. Mike, 25, Jimmy, 44, and Joshua, 49, were arrested on a charge of petit larceny. 2. Mike, 25; Jimmy, ...
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Semicolons vs Commas [duplicate]

Which is preferred? Are both technically correct? 1. Mike scored 40 points; John, 17; and Victor, 2. (Is the added punctuation here [ie the semicolons and extra commas] unneeded?) 2. Mike scored 40 ...
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Commas around 'Too' [closed]

I see it both ways with a comma before a sentence-ending 'too' and a comma on each side of 'too' when it's the second word in a sentence. Are these commas really needed? Would you personally use them? ...
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Spaces and em-dash

In using the em-dash, where do you put the spaces? Which of the following is correct? School is based on the three R’s —reading, writing, and ’rithemtic. or School is based on the three R’s— ...
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Commas and Semicolons with Nonrestrictive Clauses [duplicate]

If I have one brother named Frank, one sister named Danielle, and one wife named Theresa, is the following sentence punctuated correctly with the commas and semicolons? Please, just yes or no — minus ...
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Spelling out numbers in written dialogue [closed]

I cannot locate accurate answers anywhere regarding these. My explanations are below each example. I believe that all examples may be correct but am unsure. I'm just looking for some confirmation. In ...
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Is there a comma in 'a 30-day, money-back guarantee'?

Do these take commas? I see it both ways, ie with and without commas. a 30-day, money-back guarantee a 60-day, no-risk obligation Thanks.
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Where do the commas go in this sentence? [closed]

Consider the sentence: Many people find the best times for meditation are in the morning when they first wake up or at night just before bed. Commas after bolded words? Change "times" to "time" and ...
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Is the hyphen used in British publications in lieu of the em dash?

Is the hyphen used in British publications in lieu of the em dash? I've seen the hyphen used (in place of the dash) in 'The Guardian' and 'The BBC'. Is this okay to do? Would you ever use the hyphen ...
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3 Final Questions on BrE Punctuation … Proper Insertion of Commas (BBC) [closed]

I have three final questions regarding comma placements inside/outside the quote marks in BrE. The following are sentences that were excerpted from the BBC News. Separatism was a "serious threat", ...
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How to quote a paragraph with a missing sentence?

How do I indicate that I've removed an entire sentence from a quoted paragraph? Consider the example paragraph below - if I want to quote this paragraph without the emboldened sentence, how might I do ...
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Where would the commas go in a sentence like this?

That was especially detrimental to me, who desiring to become a professional athlete, always avoided eating those types of foods. When I try to look at what the main sentence is, it seems like it ...
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Can semicolon be used between interrupted quotations? [closed]

This is my last question for this week. Are both sentences punctuated correctly below? 'It cannot be done,' he said; 'we must give up the task.' (Can we use a semicolon after 'he said' above, and ...
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Hyphenate 'part-time' / 'full-time' as an adverb?

Would we hyphenate 'part-time' / 'full-time' as an adverb? 1. Joe worked part-time as a waiter and full-time as a computer programmer. (Can we omit the hyphens in these adverbial uses?) 2. Mike ...
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Is “in fact” always set off by commas mid-sentence?

Is "in fact" always set off by commas mid-sentence because it's a parenthetical interrupter? I see no need to use them. The only time we'd do so (I think) is with one comma after "in fact" when it ...
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Are “y”, “m”, and “d” the singular and plural abbreviations for “year(s)”, “month(s)”, and “day(s)”?

Are "y", "m", and "d" the singular and plural abbreviations for "year(s)", "month(s)", and "day(s)"? Examples: 1. The project took exactly 5y 2m 18d to complete. (If this is in fact correct, would ...
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Are “ins”, “hrs”, “mins” and “secs” the technically correct plural abbreviations for “inches”, “hours”, “minutes” and “seconds”?

Are "ins", "hrs", "mins" and "secs" the technically correct plural abbreviations for "inches", "hours", "minutes" and "seconds"? I'm hoping that all examples below could possibly be correct. ...