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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Comma before where when the clause is at the end of the sentence

Please tell me if I should place a comma before the word where in the two sentences below. I would like to work for you since I’m interested in working in a leading international school with ...
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Are there certain rules when punctuations i.e. period, exclamation, and question mark can be placed inside or outside the quote, or both?

Which of these sentences are using the proper usage of punctuation? Nicolo said, "I'll let you know if anything changes." Nicolo said, "I'll let you know if anything changes". Nicolo ...
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Punctuation rules for user interface [on hold]

Should you put a period at the end of a disclaimer message which consists of two sentences? Diclaimer: "The trial period has expired! This service does no longer run on your computer"
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Starting a chapter with ellipsis

Say there's a chapter with a title that ends in an ellipsis and then continued from there in the body text, like so: DON'T HURT ANIMALS... ...or kill them for that matter. Blah blah blah. In cases ...
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On correct using of dash

Which one of the following is more appropriate? ...offers scope for the theoretical integration of teaching, learning, and development with the culturally new user-generated and mediated contexts. ...
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Are commas and dashes truly interchangeable?

My English teacher told me that "dashes and commas are interchangeable". For instance, "My friend, Alex, ran to the store." and, "My friend–Alex–ran to the store." are both grammatically ...
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How to use question marks in quotations? [duplicate]

My specific problem right now is whether to use "What time is it?" she asked. Or "What time is it," she asked. Or something else. But I find myself having issues with punctuation and ...
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Using colon, list and parentheses

This is an interesting structure: it has a colon, it's a list, and it boasts parentheses too. But I have doubts about the structure; is the second sentence below grammatically right? Do you have ...
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Is a semicolon the right punctuation in this sentence?

This is for a cover letter. Please help! "I speak Spanish; I have a working familiarity with French and I am currently teaching myself Arabic."
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There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, … what will be left of you?

There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, but if you fix everything, what will be left of you? Are there any mistakes in that sentence? It doesn't seem that bad, but I don't know if ...
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Is this proper English: “I am student”? [closed]

So, I have a debate with my associate. We are debating whether one can say something like "I am student." It was argued that this was proper and that indeed you can use a verb followed by a noun ...
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Is this use of the dash correct?

"But--" Boris tapped his pocket-- "your hotel." Is this use of dashes correct? Donna Tart uses this construction all the time. The speaker is interrupted with a dash, then the narrator is interrupted ...
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M-dash and emphasize

I love to emphasize. Here I'm emphasizing "determination." Is it the right way to do it? "If one word can sum up his career, it is determination—determination to fight back and do the impossible."
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Grammatically, comma or period after “no problem”, “sure”, “okay” and the like

Grammatically, do we put a comma or period after the words like "no problem", "sure", "okay" and the like when responding to a request, or there is no grammatical rule and this purely a style ...
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how do I punctuate this sentence? [closed]

Should this discussion result in a definite need for additional funding I will submit a request for additional dollars at that time.
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Use of comma in place of omitted 'that'? [closed]

Dave told me about his new hobby, _____ very much. Which one of the following options is correct: (1) which he’s enjoying (2) that he’s enjoying (3) he’s enjoying it (4) he’s enjoying I can't ...
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A sentence after a comma without any explicit coordination conjunction, is it allowed?

Consider this sentence from Bill Gate's book (Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System) We had to build an internet system that was so convenient, customers got more value ...
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Mandatory usage of Hyphens?

I have a question regarding the use of hyphens. My native language is German, and there is a set of rules regarding hyphenation. There are mandatory and optional rules for it. Now, Consider the ...
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By … we … punctuation

Is this introductory clause qualifying the rest of the sentence, such that it would require a comma, or is it simply introductory, such that it would not. I'm a bit confused about what the rule ...
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punctuation after the word say [duplicate]

How do I punctuate the following sentence in parentheses: (Just stand up and say cancel that.) Do I need to put the "cancel that" in quotes and a comma after say and a capital "C"? It is an ...
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Punctuation when using ' for example' [closed]

Which of the following punctuation is correct: 1) Ask questions, for example, "what is the author's purpose?" 2) Ask questions. For example, what is the author's purpose?3) Ask questions. For ...
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Correct punctuation to accompany 'I' and 'we' in this example?

I am writing a poem and I want to know how to punctuate this line in relation to people's individual motives and not doing anything with a sense of togetherness. --When everyone uses 'I's' but never ...
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Comm usage and Subejct help!

I am not an English expert. I need to know if I get the comma usage correct or not. John usually gets up before 7 o'clock, but yesterday his alarm clock did not ring, so he was still asleep when ...
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Period before or after quotation mark? [duplicate]

If there is a quote at the end of a sentence, does the period of the quote go before or after the end quotation mark? And if the quote is ended by a question mark does it replace the period that would ...
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Period after period (abbreviation at the end of a sentence) [duplicate]

If an abbreviation occurs at the end of sentence, is there one period or two? For example, Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C.. Brutus killed him. Should there be one period or two? This has ...
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On correct use of comma [closed]

Should there be a comma after you in the following sentence? If the afternoon works best for you, please let me know and I will try to adjust my schedule.
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Should the 'or' come at the end of the first line or beginning of the second?

I'm working on a webpage that has a form on it where the user can type into a box, or pick some options instead to fill it for them. If I am writing about a choice of options, and splitting that over ...
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Breaking a sentence over multiple paragraphs

I want to break a sentence into multiple paragraphs. This is a simple example: As the clock ticks down to the finish, only time will tell if Captain Bob — Slubgob, the alien explorer ...
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Capitalisation in common nouns that form part of a proper noun

The word region is a common noun. In certain pairings, this common noun comes after a proper noun, as in 'the Highlands Region'. So region is now being specific: so the word is now capitalised because ...
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Comma or not? Question or Period?

Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
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How do you punctuate numbers? [closed]

I know that if you have a list of numbers then you just separate them with a comma and then add "and" at the end. I also know that if you a have a long number like 78654 then you don't do any ...
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Are backticks used outside of computing?

Is the backtick character ("`") used outside of computing in English? If so, what for?
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On correct using of colon [closed]

Is the use of a colon in this question grammatically correct? Which colors do you prefer: blue or green?
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How common it is to emphasize a sentence by adding periods between words?

I am thinking about this style of writing: We. Do. Not. Negotiate! First of all, how would you call that? I have difficulties finding references about it, even though it seems to me that this is ...
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Punctuating a list of direct non-question quotes

What is the correct way to punctuate a list of spoken quotes? For example: They had a variety of excuses for missing the meeting, such as: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight. Were we?” ...
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“), or ,”) in the middle of a sentence? [duplicate]

I think commas are typically placed after closed parentheses and within quotation marks. This creates a dilemma when all three are used together. Example one: You may like snelms (or "snail helms,") ...
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Em dashes or ellipsis over multiple paragraphs [closed]

JUST KILL IT ALREADY Please consider this blurb: The next year will tell whether Joe -- his father -- and the girl with the secret past -- -- can work together to solve the mystery, or be ...
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Have I correctly used comma in the following sentences [closed]

Have I correctly used comma in the following sentences? However, he soon realized he was short of money, even though he had sold his car to pay his debts. He was sent to Court, and the court ordered ...
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However vs. how ever: one word or two?

I am writing a paper and stumbled upon this sentence of mine. "The output remained consistently poor however the data was/were analysed". "The output remained consistently poor how ever the ...
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How to break a paragraph of running text with a example block or figure?

This may have been asked before, but I couldn't find it with my limited vocabulary of linguistic terms. When writing a paragraph of running text that's broken up by a (code) example block or figure, ...
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What does 'at that time there were only men on campus' mean in this quote?

I also think that what our students get out of the arts and humanities is critical for them to develop a sense that is much bigger than the quantitative aspects of a problem to understanding human ...
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Are commas needed around “for example”? [closed]

I need help in determining the proper use of commas. It's an ongoing discussion in my creative writing group. Which is correct: "Take, for example, my aversion to horror films," or "Take for ...
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Would I need a comma after the main clause here?

Would I need a comma before the word "as" in this sentence? The word "fear" also takes a new meaning(,) as it comes to represent a more self-centered notion.
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Should a phrase which is the subject of a sentence or paragraph be quoted?

From the Grammarist website: In a manner of speaking is an idiom that means the same as ‘in other words’ or ‘so to speak’. They've bolded the phrase which is the subject of discussion, but ...
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Comma after a coordinating conjunction preceding a parenthetical at the start of the sentence

Although similar questions have been asked before, I am still not clear as to official or, at the very least, preferred position from punctuation rules point of view on comma after coordinating ...
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Commas with nested subordinate clauses both of which are restrictive (essential to the meaning)

I have been grappling with the question below for a while now, so hope that you can shed some light on it. Do we need the first comma (the one in brackets below) in the restrictive nested ...
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What is the correct possessive form of “Drs. Smith”

I want to address two Doctor Smiths via the abbreviation Drs. Smith; what is correct the possessive form of that (plural) noun phrase? Is it Drs. Smith's? An example sentence: Drs. Smith's house is ...
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Punctuating a sentence containing em dashes within commas [duplicate]

I always find myself writing sentences that contain clauses within clauses, and I can never decide what the right way to punctuate this is. I'm not specifying what kinds of clauses because they could ...
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Minimal one line self introduction containing name and role/job/title

would it be correct to separate this with a comma? Or is there other punctuation which is more suitable like a colon? I'm neildaemond, an engineer in training. or I'm neildeamond: an ...