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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“why oh why” or “why, oh why”?

Is this punctuated correctly? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, Why oh why can’t I?" Or should “oh why” be set off by commas? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the ...
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Should a semi-colon be used before “however”?

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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Can full stops be omitted after a middle initial and a first and middle initial preceding a surname? [duplicate]

Is it okay to omit the full stops in this? The person's name is John Louis Thompson. Can it be punctuated thus? John L Thompson J L Thompson Do both work?
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Semi-colon, comma, or two separate sentences? [on hold]

Which of these is correct: Thanks. I appreciate it. Thanks, I appreciate it. Thanks; I appreciate it.
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When citing a French citation in the original, should the guillemets (angle quotes) be changed? What about punctuation order?

I’ve come across a puzzling punctuation problem! I’m working on a document in US English. It includes a citation of a French text in the original French, and this citation includes a citation (all in ...
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Removing punctuation as a literary technique [on hold]

I've seen this done before but I can't remember where. The idea is to remove all punctuation to create garbage, but to good effect. Anyway, my question is, should I consider the hyphen in ...
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Without rephrasing, could I get away with not using any hyphens in the following modifiers? [duplicate]

Without rephrasing, could I get away with not using any hyphens in the following modifiers? Are all examples clear as written? a 45-50% a year savings a $15-20 per month service fee a 10% a year ...
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Regarding Comma or Semi-Colon

In this question: "I am curious; what behavior are you referring to?". Is it correct to use a semi-colon after curious, or to use a comma? Such as, "I am curious, what behavior are you referring ...
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Semicolon and comma placement [on hold]

I'm not sure how to punctuate this sentence in an essay I'm writing. I'm pretty sure a semicolon goes somewhere, and it certainly feels like I don't have enough commas. Please include with your answer ...
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Is this punctuation wrong or just stilted?

I tend to over-punctuate because I don't have a clue (or I use speech as an guideline) Are the commas wrong or just awkward in the sentence below? It was controversial, in part, because of the ...
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Punctuation of quoted sentence used as a subject of outer sentence

I know the rules of punctuation when interrupting a sentence of dialogue, but how do you punctuate the end of a quoted sentence which is used as the subject of another sentence? He picked up after ...
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Which one is the correct dialogue punctuation format? [closed]

I am writing my first novel and this the very first confusion I would like to clarify. As I am not a native English speaker, I find it very hard to understand the punctuation scheme in direct ...
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Should I use a comma before the conjunction in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence The movie was loud and the chatter was louder. Should I need to add a comma before the and that joins the first sentence The movie was loud and the independent clause the chatter ...
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Can you ask a question without a question mark?

So if you're an X, you get a free pass on being a Y. Thanks for that. Is the above sentence a question? I would call it a statement, but someone is insisting that it is a question, and gave ...
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How should this sentence be punctuated and why? [closed]

How should this sentence be punctuated and why? "The children enter the school their new uniforms shining."
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How do I punctuate this sentence? A stamp cost three cents a gallon of gas twenty

Do I use a semicolon or a comma? I do not want to add a conjunction or replace the missing "cost" after gas. Both are intentionally removed.
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“It is not enough that I should succeed - others should fail”: comma?

Is the sentence "It is not enough that I should succeed – others should fail" correct? I mainly wonder about the dash. Should it be a comma instead? Does anything else need to be changed?
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shined vs shone [closed]

Which are correct -- and why? I say "shined" in 1, and "shone" in the second, and "outshone" in the third. Am I right? The sun shone/shined down on me. She shone/shined his shoes. He was outshined / ...
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Comma usage in regards to listing names [duplicate]

When referring to a list of names including my own, what format do I use? NameA, NameB and I OR NameA and NameB and I
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How do I write a question that sounds like a statement?

Forgive me if the title is unclear. I am trying to understand how to write two questions, but with the latter question sounding like a statement. Examples: a) Should I go with option A, or ...
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Plural Possessive of Surnames [duplicate]

For the plural possessive of a surname, would you concur that these are correct? the Rogerses' house (surname is 'Rogers') or should it be "the Rogers' house" for the plural possessive because ...
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Jack London's list —X, Y, and a Z and a J

On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box. There were other things on the sled—blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying-pan; but prominent, occupying most of the ...
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Jack London's punctuation choice of periods instead of semi-colons

The sled was without runners. It was made of stout birch-bark, and its full surface rested on the snow. The front end of the sled was turned up, like a scroll, in order to force down and ...
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correct use of yours, possive [closed]

Is this sentence correct; "Thank you for your letter about the missing items in both yours’ and your mother’s homes"?
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1-word introductory quotes and comma placement outside the quotes [duplicate]

I know this has been covered innumerable times, but I haven't seen the following example mentioned, and I'm curious whether in BrE the comma would technically go outside the quotes as shown below. ...
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Is a comma needed in “The tall, gray building is my company”? [duplicate]

"The tall, gray building is my company." "The big, brown bear scared the children." Comma needed in each sentence? Thanks
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Are the commas correctly placed outside the quotes? [duplicate]

The questions "Who?", "What?", "When?", "Where?", "How?", and "Why?" remain unanswered. She was tired of his "Where were you?", "How many drinks did you have?", and " Were you unfaithful to me?" ...
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Listing quoted sentences: separate them with a semicolon, comma, period (or none)?

I am completing a manuscript for my recent book. I would love to know whether I need to put a comma, semicolon, or other form of punctuation (or none) in-between these quoted sentences. The examples ...
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Is a comma correct here?

In the following sentence: He was the first of his kind, the first king. Is a comma correct here? Does it make sense, it sounds a little off to me. I'd rather not add any new words to the ...
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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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Is it acceptable to use a colon in the following manner?

I am currently working on a book (I am in the final stages) and would love to know whether the following use of the colon is correct or not: Firstly, please take time to brainstorm all the ...
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Should I use double punctuation inside and outside parentheses? [duplicate]

Which one of the following sentences is correct (or more acceptable): Honor your creativity and write down anything that comes to mind (no matter how silly!). Honor your creativity and ...
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Punctuation with US measurements

Should a period be used with a measurement that is a compound term, e.g., ft-lb?
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Period with Colon?

Which of these is correct (The word manager is abbreviated to Mgr): Your Line Mgr: OR Your Line Mgr.:
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Quoting title with a question and ellipsis [closed]

I need to quote a title which contains both an ellipsis and question mark. I am unsure how I should punctuate the sentence. Note that because of a particular style guide, I must also italicise the ...
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Can you end a multi-sentence quotation with a comma?

This is correct: "Rats," he said. But this looks wrong to me: "I left the oven on. Rats," he said. I can't find any rules about whether you can end a quotation with a comma when there are periods ...
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Can I place a comma before and after a possessive noun?

Should I put a comma before and after "Luke's"? Thank you for considering us for your cat Luke’s grooming needs.
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Usage of a particular phrase

Just a quick question while writing an essay: how does one use the "until eventually" phrase properly in a sentence? More specifically, location of punctuation and if it is even grammatically correct. ...
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periods after a list with semi-colons

I have a numbered list that is comprised of phrases which utilize a colon followed by semi-colons. My client used periods at the end of each phrase. I deleted them. Who is correct? (See client's ...
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Punctuation in complex sentence with repetition (implied) of the same verb

There is a kind of complex sentences where the first subsentence has the same verb as in the second one. So logicaly the verb could be ommited in the second one. What would be the correct punctuation ...
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where to place the comma

Where would you put the comma or comma's for a subordinating Conjunction comma? When you finish vacuuming the rugs please mop the floor. If you finish early we can go to the mall. only after ...
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Punctuation marks in use of “up to and including”

What punctuation marks (or paraphrasing) should be used to make this sentence easier to read: Releases up to and including Product v3.1 do not have this feature. Is it ok to say the following? ...
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Punctuation and capitalization [closed]

Put correct puntuations and capital words: bangladesh is a small country with a population of over sixteen crores she can hardly make headway so we should work hard to keep pace with the rest ...
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Using an apostrophe on wedding invitation [duplicate]

I am designing an RSVP, in which I give my guests the option of choosing their meal preference. I have a column for ticking the option of a kid's meal, then at the bottom I have a key for all of the ...
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Should this relative clause, headed by 'where', be joined to the main clause? (1786 UK)

Source: p 174, The Catholic Christian Instructed in the Sacraments ..., by Richard Challoner, 1786 Q. But does not Christ say, concerning continency, St. Matt. xix. 11, 'All men cannot receive ...
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Is the apostrophe always necessary when denoting the number of individual items that are usually grouped together such as M&Ms?

Which is correct: I ate the M&M's or I ate the M&Ms? With or without the apostrophe?
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Where do I insert the comma? [duplicate]

Where do I place the comma in this sentence? I am in the process of renewing my insurance policy however I don't know the correct amount.
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Should a word starting after an ellipsis begin with a capital letter? [duplicate]

Often when I'm typing a message on my cellphone telephone, unless I capitalise the word starting after an ellipsis, the new word has a red line underneath it, indicating it is incorrect. So which of ...
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Whether to use a comma or not

I have been looking at many company description and I found the following two usages a) We sell a diverse range of products from books to toys. b) We sell a diverse range of products, from ...
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I am no king, and this woman, no queen

Just wondering whether the comma after 'woman' is correct in the title. The meaning of the sentence is: 'I am not a king, nor is this woman a queen.' The reason I don't simply write it that way is ...