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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Correct punctuation of a classical music title?

What is the correct way of punctuating the following classical music title? Antonio Vivaldi - I Solisti Veneti Should a colon, comma or dash be used after the composer's name? Antonio ...
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Should I use a comma after “noted that”?

Should I use a comma after "noted that" in the following sentence? Tom and Dick, while driving the car, noted that at speed bumps, the suspension was making noise. A preliminary Google ...
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Colon usage in a sentence from CGEL [on hold]

But this is not essential: the crucial feature of licensing is that the admissibility of the element depends on the presence of an appropriate head. The sentence is from CGEL, so I'm certainly not ...
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Periods and contractions and abbreviations

My question is about "Ms". I wonder what the period is for? In 'British English', as opposed to 'American English', if the abbreviation ends in the same letter as the word there is no period. But ...
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I'm not 100% sure how I should construct the punctuation for a sentence.

I'm having one of those mornings where nothing seems quite right so would appreciate some input (... blah)" is highly inadvisable, but, these things happen."
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The U.S.'s or The U.S.'? [duplicate]

"The U.S.'s highest mountain" or "The U.S.' highest mountain" (in AP Style, and just as a rule - i.e. if one weren't to flip it to "the highest mountain in the U.S.")? I'm inclined toward "the U.S.'s,...
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What is the Correct Punctuation? [closed]

I've had this question for a while, and now it is appearing in a piece I'm writing where I don't have an alternative I'd like to use. Words replaced for example. The cats were white; the dogs, brown ...
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Should there be a comma in the quote “At the end everything will be alright”?

Needless to state, the comma wouldn't be necessary if you were to say Everything will be alright at the end But what if you were to state At the end everything will be alright Surely there ...
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Can you ever have a question mark after a full-stop/period? [duplicate]

Can you ever have a question mark after a full-stop/period? Imagine that Q.N. is the name of a secret society, and people just call it Q.N. Which one of the following is correct? What time are you ...
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Punctuation in a Figure Caption (Abbreviation List)

I have question regarding punctuation in a caption of a figure. Lets say, for example, I have a figure that depicts a certain schematic. In the caption of the figure I want to list all the ...
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Does the following sentence structure require comma?

Does the following sentence structure require comma? S(pronoun) V(thought|wished|felt|knew|…) S V. As in: “He wished it would go away.” “I feel it is all so wrong.” “He thought it was ...
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Punctuating one sentence that has multiple speakers

I not sure how to punctuate this sentence. I want to string together a group of critical comments into one sentence. The idea is that there is more than one speaker, so can I keep it within one set of ...
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Would the sentence above be an example of an author making stylistic error on purpose?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, ...
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Is the apostrophe mark named after the rhetorical device or vice versa?

As far as I can tell, without getting into the possessive apostrophe, they have related functions: The apostrophe mark denotes a missing character (or series of characters) in the contraction of a ...
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Best way to connect this phrase [closed]

I have a short snippet - it's a call to action so it should be as snappy as possible. However I'm not sure about the best approach: 1) Get started, get sorted with British Widgets. 2) Get started. ...
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Is comma necessary here? [closed]

In a sentence After all the trouble I went to to make it. do I need a comma after preposition to?
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Using punctuation correctly [migrated]

In the sentence: Are you going in or out, I replied, Where should I place the punctuation?
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Help with meaning of “the difference narrowing the longer women had the vote”

In the quoted passage below, I came across a sentence I don't understand: In 1955 Maurice Duverger published The Political Role of Women, the first behavioralist, multinational comparison of ...
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Punctuation to show possession

Which is correct? The British Broadcasting Company's (BBC's) policy ... The British Broadcasting Company's (BBC) policy ... The British Broadcasting Company (BBC)'s policy ...
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How to differentiate between decimal and larger number, in countries that use a comma

This might be off-topic here, since most people speaking English write decimals with a period and not a comma, but I'm unsure where else to ask this. Let me know, if you know of a better place to ask ...
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OK, thanks vs OK; thanks

Isn't OK, thanks a comma splice? What is the reason for this being the typical form?
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Listing independent clauses as effects in a conditional sentence [closed]

I have a sentence of the form "If X, A will B and C will D," and there is some disagreement of how to punctuate it. On one hand, it is a dependent clause followed by two independent clauses ...
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Commas in sentences with “when”

Is the comma necessary in the sentence below? When a printing is finished, printer sends events to server.
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How to use three dots?

I would like to know how to use the punctuation mark in the following example: Did you know... (written as a big headline) (and the below text written underneath, on a separate row) ...that our store ...
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Comma before “is that”

:) I came across a sample essay, and there was a comma before "is that" in it. I am not sure why a comma is needed in that context. Can anyone help me with this? Here is a short excerpt from the ...
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Proper puncutation for showing emphasis on a contrast

In a sentence like They use the results produced by A and B, and not C, in their work. Here A, B, and C are three methods. What kind of punctuation is appropriate for "and not C" when: the ...
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Nested question in a sentence

I was taught that any terminal punctuation marks end the sentence, however I have a particular sentence that I have been wrangling with: In order to answer the research question “Are bi-lingual ...
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How to punctuate a prose conversation with only one speaker's words

I would like some ideas of the best way to punctuate a conversation that only has the words spoken by one participant. Eg., ‘Well, when did you last see your dog? … …Yesterday morning when you put ...
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Sentences ending with two periods. Is this always a typo?

Here's the example (right before the second photo) I saw today prompting me to ask. I have seen this on multiple occasions. A lot of them in web articles actually. I always thought that this might ...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

I want to write the folowing sentence in some work: You went there on Thursday? for instance, is not an interrogative clause but a declarative one, even if the utterance may be a question. In the ...
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Of course I don't! - comma needed or not

All the time I see people replying with "of course I will" or "yes it is!" (to "it's not that good" and not placing a comma after "of course" and "yes". The second case seems even more extreme, as ...
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Comma before “and” where “and” is not a conjunctive joining clauses

I see many people, many professionals on this site in particular, use a comma after an "and" that does not act as a conjunctive in a compound sentence; for example, many people would place a comma ...
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Where does question mark belong? [duplicate]

Where is question mark on below? After What or Alan "What?" yelled Alan.
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Correct usage of punctuation marks — semi-colon, comma or dash?

In many cases, I run into the situation where I have to state two separate sentences but are closely related to each other. For example: He is not really my type. I just like his personality. I ...
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Is this correct? 'Dear Reddit, today, I messed up.' [closed]

So there is a subforum on Reddit that I have recently come across, and in the header it has the following text: Dear Reddit, today, I messed up. The issue that I see with this is that the comma ...
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Historical frequency of parenthetical plural(s)

Seems to me that parenthetical plurals have been increasing in recent years. Is there any way to accurately measure this? Google Ngram Viewer seems like a method, but the use of parentheses, first ...
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When “and” is used two different ways in a sentence . . .

I know it is not correct to put a comma before "and" if the subject is the same but I feel like I should do so if "and" appears earlier in the sentence like this: He was convicted of murder and human ...
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Commas using adverbs and clauses [closed]

Where should my commas be placed in the sentence below for proper punctuation? When the market place is expensive meaning higher prices the result is a low demand, since the same amount of money can ...
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Is it correct to put a definition in parentheses? [closed]

Here is an example: The process includes situation awareness (the state of knowing the conditions that affect one’s work)... I want to know whether it is correct (or acceptable or unacceptable) ...
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Punctuation of a sentence that starts with a question and ends with a declaration

I'll provide the sentence and some context. There is still so much that I do not know about college. How do I pay bills, which classes should I take, what do TA's do, how to write a college ...
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What is the name of the glyph that looks like a dash, but tapers on a single end?

What is the name of the symbol shown below used to sometimes stylize page numbering or to call attention to an item in the page? It's hard to explain with words, but here's a picture. Does this ...
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The use of comma between adjectives

I've stumbled upon this piece of text from ''Stormy Weather'' by Carl Hiaasen and I'm trying to understand why in the sentence ''On paper he seemed an ideal candidate, a bold fresh voice in a cynical ...
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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How to use a numbered list inside a sentence

There were a few factors to keep in mind when going about the benefit cost analysis: 1) technologies that were going to stay 2) those that were going to stay but be upgraded 3) things that were ...
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...
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When to use opening or closing single quotes

I've been discussing with a colleague which apostrophe/single quote to actually use in what situations. We've agreed to use the closing single quote ( ’ ) for possession. e.g. That’s his ...
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Why do Austrailians use full stops after titles like Mr and Mrs? [duplicate]

Why do Australians use periods or full stops after Mr and Mrs?
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Is a comma between adjacent quoted phrases in the same sentence unnecessary?

This is a quote from Larry Wilmore's performance at the 2016 Correspondents' Dinner. One website wrote it as follows: "They just renamed ‘The Kelly File,’ ‘Becky with the good hair.’” I think the ...
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Which is grammatically more correct? [closed]

We'll be creating a simple login screen with two input boxes for email address, password and a sign in button. or We'll be creating a simple login screen with two input boxes for email ...