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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How to punctuate a list filled with details

In the answer: Then, Scout and Jem find two pennies, a ball of gray twine, small carved images made of soap that appear to be Jem and Scout, a full pack of gum, a spelling medal, and a non-running ...
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Slashes for hyphens in compound modifiers

Take the phrase "a joint FBI-SFPD task force" for example. According to my boss, a slash can stand in for the hyphen. I tend to disagree. Is this grammatically correct? Stylistically acceptable?
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Do I put a comma or a period after a mid-quote dialog tag?

Okay, so I have this sentence. "He's where?" Suzy demanded "And what happened to your rig? The whole front is bashed in!" As you can see, I did not put in a comma or a period after demanded ...
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How do i punctuate sequential uses of “before”

Is this sentence punctuated correctly? I'm wondering if i should instead replace the comma's with semi-colons before each of the "before"'s. Just seconds before dialing 911, and before the sounds ...
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“Inc.” - Capitalized or Lowercase

If a company's name is in “all caps” (block capitals), shouldn't "Inc." also be capitalized? The following looks odd to me MY BUSINESS, Inc. Are there any style manuals which provide guidance ...
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Punctuation - deleting commas

I have a very simple question. When we are writing compound sentences, it is possible to write sentences below. He was playing soccer, and while he was playing he got injured. He was playing ...
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Punctuation question: quote within a quote at the end of a sentence

This is something I've always been a little bit unclear about. When writing dialogue where a person is quoting someone else, and that quote is at the end of a sentence, I'm not quite sure how the ...
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How can I make this sentence unambiguous?

I'd like suggestions to punctuate, or if necessary, reword the following sentence, so as to give its explicit meaning, but without losing its feel. I encourage thought and discussion provoking ...
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How do I deliver multiple paragraphs into one line?

I have a message that spans on multiple paragraphs but the medium I'm using allows for only one line. Is there an official way to do this? I've seen some people use a single slash (with spaces around ...
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Where does the comma go in dialogue? [closed]

"Whatever," says Peyton. I understand the comma needs to be after "whatever" to indicate that is what Peyton is saying but.. Peyton says, "Whatever." can a period go there because that's ...
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What is the origin of “Best.Boyfriend.Ever”? [duplicate]

Best. Boyfriend. Ever. I think that was the first of the type, now it's a commonplace. Some deep thinker in the copywriting department at StackOverflow just did it, What can I say but :/ omg ...
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Usage of question and exclamation marks with quotation marks in work of fiction

I am writing a novel. I have doubts how should I use question marks and exclamation marks in conjunction with quotation marks. I have written 5 separate sentences to illustrate this issue: He ...
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Quoting a password at the end of a sentence: Where to put the point?

Recent Slashdot article: They feature Wi-Fi that can't be turned off (protected, however, with a WEP password of "abcde"), an unencrypted database, and administrative access with a hardcoded ...
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Is it direct speech?

I have a question regarding the sentence below. If you say “I hate grammar,” you mean “I have a lot of difficulties with understanding rules how to use words correctly.” Is it direct speech ...
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Comma Placement When Using The Word “Though”

Should there be a comma before the word "though?" Example: I am currently working with a content writer though it would be good to find more options.
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Direct speech or not

I have a question regarding the sentence below. Before the guards can move to block your path, you hear "Let him speak." Is this direct speech? And do I need a comma after hear? The word hear ...
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Hyphenation of a word to a two-word phrase [closed]

How should one treat the hyphenation of a word to a two-word phrase, such as in the example below: something about the qubit-resonator mode frequency detuning. The sentence tries to express: ...
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Closed, open, or hyphenated form for “null-space”

What is the correct spelling of the word "null-space"? Merriam-Webster puts it in a hyphenated form "null-space", (link). Wikipedia (link) and MathWorld (link) both put it in either open or closed ...
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Comma issue: noun of direct address in the middle of the sentence after conjunction

Another nitpicky comma question that I hope you will help me to resolve. How does one need to punctuate the noun of direct address (or vocative) in the middle of the sentence that goes directly after ...
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punctuation and capitalization in lists [closed]

I'd like to know what is the best/correct form between the following example lists. I use such lists in technical documents. My two concerns are whether I should capitalize each list item (a) and ...
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Does the following sentence need a comma before the word “and”?

"It’s like in this time, in this age, people aren’t stressing the importance of grammar usage enough and it enrages me to no end." With the addition of a comma in front of "and", is the ...
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I need help with commas

I'm not sure if the comma before the word "and" is properly used in the sentence below this paragraph. I believe a comma is not needed because the second clause is a subordinate clause, but I am not ...
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Proof reading of scientific documents in British or American English [closed]

When a scientist invents a new word to describe a scientific discipline and he or she alone is the only person using this term should it be placed in inverted commas?
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indefinite articles before adjectives

Is this sentence grammatically and lexically correct? 'For me, foreign language is the stem of a teaching and translating career'
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Semicolon or Comma? SAT Practice

Walker was not only a trailblazer in the medical field; she was also a relentless visionary. Or Walker was not only a trailblazer in the medical field, she was also a relentless visionary.
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Use of a hyphen when using a noun as an adjective

In my academic work (physics), I often use a noun as an adjective, and this seems to be a common practise to avoid long sentences. For instance sphere packing stands for packing made of spheres. Is ...
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Comma Placement: “From x to y and z”

While writing an essay the other day, I was curious about how to correctly phrase a sentence such as the one below: "From dogs, to cats and fish, owning a pet can allow for a multitude of mental, ...
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Esseintial or nonessential sentence element?

He looked at the skies fully saturated with blue paint. or He looked at the skies, fully saturated with blue paint. Is "fully saturated with blue paint" here an essential or nonessential ...
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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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Should I use comma or colon?

What punctuation is preferable in the sentence below? Complex sentences have two clauses, one main (or independent) and one subordinate (or dependent). Complex sentences have two clauses: ...
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Punctuations and Closing Quotation Mark

I prefer placing punctuation next to the closing quotation mark like this: I'm watching "Titanic". However, when there is already a punctuation within the quote, is it right to add another ...
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How should terminal punctuation work when quoting a Hebrew snippet in English text?

In American English, full stops (periods) and commas are always typeset within quotation marks (that is, before the closing quotation mark). Does this rule still apply when the quoted matter is in a ...
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A period between an abbreviation and other punctuation? [duplicate]

What rules apply to punctuation for an abbreviation, such as "etc," where another punctuation character follows? My question is a perfect illustration of itself! That is, should I say << such ...
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When are commas not necessary in a list?

Can somebody please help me by explaining or providing a reference which explains the punctuation in the following sentences. We prefer no article when we are thinking about unlimited numbers or ...
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How to Punctuate Two Quoted Independent Clauses Within a Declarative Sentence

I'm wondering the best way to punctuate and/or format this sentence, especially the part concerning subjunctive case, in which two examples are put in quotes: In this book, I kept finding irregular ...
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I need to know why a hyphen was used in this sentence

I just found this sentence from the book I am reading now. "The revelation reminded of Stacey J., a would-be assassin I know well." I think I got a nuance, but I need some logical explanation of the ...
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Period usage when abbreviating at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

Regarding the following expression, we can realize that the period character is of dual functionality in its nature: partly denoting the abbreviation, partly being used to end the sentence. I like ...
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Should there be any punctuation marks in this sentence?

other than full stop. The sentence is "Sample B must be isolated." Is it missing a comma or a hyphen between the words Sample and B?
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Tense question: “invest and get” or “invested and got”?

Later in the game, after you invest sufficient skill points into combat skills and get better fighting gear, combat becomes easier. or Later in the game, after you invested sufficient skill ...
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Why is comma used here?

It's a sentence from Bartleby, the Scrivener. He lives, then, on ginger-nuts...he must be a vegetarian then; but no; he never eats even vegetables, he eats nothing but ginger-nuts. What I ...
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use of full stop at the end of incomplete sentence fragment?

Fifty one thousand square miles area. A hundred and fifty six million people. A thousand dollars or less average annual earning per person. Is it ok to use these full stops at the end of these ...
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Brothers everywhere, raise… or Brothers, everywhere raise…?

In the song "Warriors of the World United," how should one punctuate the following sentence? Brothers everywhere, raise your hands into the air! or Brothers, everywhere raise your hands into ...
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Listing options [closed]

How could the following list be improved: You must either; a) signup for x, or b) signup for y, or c) pay for z.
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Comma between No and seriously? [duplicate]

When writing a message like " Do not disturb!" and adding "No seriously!" is it correct to put a comma between the two words?
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Comma preceding “but”

Consider this sentence: "Hamlet is presented with the opportunity to kill Claudius when he sees him in the chapel BUT decides against it." My question is, should I insert a comma before the "but?"
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Which punctuation is correct in this case (colon, semicolon, or period)?

Inside the alley I found myself cornered by unpleasant sights: walls covered with cracks and peeling paint, storm drains clogged with moss, dumpsters overflowing with bags, cans, and rotten ...
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Adding a period to finish a non-sentence

I am curious about whether I should end non-sentences (or very elliptical sentences, if you will) with a period. For example, I am writing some documentation for some computer code. In this usually I ...
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I'm writing a book and am wondering what punctuation is invalid for such “statement”?

I can't give you the details of the book because I'm currently writing it and it's not something I'd like to discuss. But I'll give you the paragraph here. ONE moment. That’s all it takes for ...
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Capital or lowercase letter after a formula?

Often when creating reports for labs or something like that I find myself writing something like: Question is: As the formula is often on its own line, once I say "(...) where e (...)" should the ...
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Before or After?

When you write a sentence dealing with punctuation; e.g. "My sister is 5'5" tall." If I wanted to ended the sentence at 5" does the comma or period go before or after the quotes? Thank you for your ...