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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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 ...
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Proper name for a hypothetical quote or rephrasing

I've seen and used a usage of quote marks that I'm not sure is correct. If it is correct, I'd like to know what it is called. If it is incorrect, I'd like to know how to punctuate it correctly. Here ...
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“…, that is:” vs. “…,i.e.,”

I know i.e. and that is are equivalent, but I have seen a ...that is: also. Does this construction differ in meaning? See: It does not regard politics as a separate or primary goal, that is: as ...
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Semicolon usage: is this usage appropriate?

Is this usage of a semicolon grammatical? I understand that it's used to separate two clauses in a sentence, but am uncertain on the validity of its usage in this scenario Sound can be represented ...
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Most common punctuation and capitalisation when starting a letter [duplicate]

Which of the following is the most common way to punctuate and capitalise the start of a letter? Dear X, we have/We have … Dear X we have/We have … Dear X. We have …
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A case study of colon punctuation usage [closed]

I wonder if the three colon punctuation usage in the case bellow. Also, is the indent proper? Finally, are they formal usage, which can be used in formal writings? I have two questions: 1: Who ...
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Break quotation in the middle of a sentence with a complete sentence

An announcer is saying, "Please welcome our very own John Smith!" The announcer pauses after "welcome." I'm trying to write it like this: "Please welcome," He pauses for effect. "our very own John ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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Greeting Anniversary Celebrators [closed]

Do you write " Happy Anniversary Jane & Henry!" or "Happy anniversary, Jane & Henry!"
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Punctuating around parenthesis at the( end of a sentence) [duplicate]

How do you punctuate around parenthesis (at the end of a sentence). That is the right format if I remember right. Am I right?
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If you use semi-colons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?

Here is the sentence in question: The worst scenario is when your friend refuses to bare any responsibility for their cancellation: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight, were we?” ; “Good ...
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Does the punctuation work in these specified ranges? [duplicate]

As a matter of style, could these pass muster to you in terms of conciseness and punctuation - yes or no? I think they are clear and uncluttered. 5-10 year olds 5-10 year old prodigies 10-15 year ...
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Larry Trask says commas should not come after dialog tags - do you agree? [closed]

Larry Trask says: "[A] quotation is set off by quotation marks and nothing else. A sentence containing a quotation is punctuated exactly like any other sentence apart from the addition of the ...
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list of commas after not

I am confused by the meaning of the following sentence: This is only valid when the reservation status is not cancelled, departed, in-house. what's the scope of the not in this sentence? Just ...
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Can [sic] be used to show an omission or error in punctuation? [duplicate]

Can [sic] be used to show an omission or error in punctuation? Eg: Original: He was, happy to get a raise. Revised: He was [sic] happy to get a raise. There shouldn't be a comma after 'was'. ...
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Why is there no comma before 'eg' and 'etc.' in this BBC style guide example?

The BBC Style Guide uses this sentence: Beware of words that have different meanings for US and UK audiences eg: 'slated', 'suspenders', 'pants' etc. My question: Why is there no comma before 'eg' ...
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Comma after 'is'? [duplicate]

Is it correct to place a comma after 'is'? Please, no recast. The question is, where do we get the money to pay for it?
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Which punctuation is correct?

Which of the following has the correct punctuation: Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of, "does this Act go far enough?" Where this agreement usually ends, ...
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Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement

In BE, have I punctuated correctly the two bulleted sentences below? "That", he said, "is a lie." Comma goes outside the introductory quote above because the original sentence is: That is a lie, ...
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Not a duplicate - Different question altogether regarding comma placement inside/outside of quote marks in BE

From proofeditright.com: The exception to this rule is in UK English where the comma and full stop/period go inside for a complete quoted sentence; otherwise, they are placed outside (to show they ...
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Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)?

Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)? Example from BBC News: Venezuela - a major oil producer - has been heavily affected by the fall in oil prices on ...
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Quote Marks and Placement of Full Stop in British English [duplicate]

In British English, should the ending punctuation in the following example be ."' or ".' 1 or 2 below? (1) Jake said, 'I overheard Nancy say, "I am going to ask Marty for a divorce."' (2) Jake said, ...
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comma before “though” when ending a sentence — is it necessary?

Two Oxford dictionaries contradict each other (see below). In your opinion, is it necessary to use a comma before though when it ends a sentence? Oxford Dictionary of English I was hunting ...
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Ergative with Because [closed]

Are these punctuated correctly and is the parenthetical reasoning for each valid and sound? She's not running for class president, because she is scared. (= comma before "because" means she is not ...
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Comma after full date? [duplicate]

Is it okay to delete the comma after '1969' below ? Joe said, "February 7, 1969[,]is my date of birth."  And can we delete the comma after 'Indiana' and '2015' below? Lisa reported, "The Gary, ...
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punctuating more than one sentence within em dashes and parentheses midsentence

I cannot recast the following sentence. Is it punctuated correctly, i.e., the ending period, midsentence, before the second em dash? The department's philosophy -- When in doubt, let them out. ...
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… for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, loss and theft. (Commas correct?) [duplicate]

Is the comma correct after "to" and after "of" as shown below? Should a serial comma be inserted after "loss"? I cannot rephrase. Herb is responsible for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, ...
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Is it correct to use a comma in the following case?

The detectives couldn't help each other. Perhaps this "madness"—despite coming from the same source, investigating crime scenes—was different for each of them. I'm not sure whether the comma ...
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Should we use a comma, a semicolon or a dash before “trust me”?

Should we use a comma (as shown below), a semicolon or a dash before "trust me" in the first example below, and after "trust me" in the second example below? "I don't think he'll last another year ...
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joint venture agreements OR joint-venture agreements

Are there any issues hyphenating "joint venture" as a modifier? e.g., "joint-venture agreements" or "joint venture agreements"?
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Is this sentence punctuated properly--i.e., the question mark outside the ending quote? [duplicate]

Is this sentence punctuated properly--i.e., the question mark outside the ending quote (after the exclamation point)? Did she scream, "Go to hell!"?
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Thanks & Thank you followed by a comma or a period as a complimentary closing? [duplicate]

If we use the words "Thanks" or "Thank you" (on a line by itself) at the end of a correspondence -- in the absence of a complimentary closing (such as "Sincerely,") -- do we follow "Thanks" and "Thank ...
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Help me with punctuation, please! [closed]

How should one insert the punctuation in the text below: We were informed a complete set of dishes consists of these items cups saucers and plates bowls are not included.
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“mid” without a following hyphen in these words?

The Chicago Manual, 16th edition, says that "mid" is followed by a hyphen only if a capitalized word (mid-Atlantic) or a number (mid-1950s) follows. That said, I believe that all of the following ...
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Meaning of 'stabs-sick eyes'

From "Red Wind" by Raymond Chandler: He lowered them slowly and looked at the man on the floor. The man's neck was twitching a little. His eyes moved in short stabs-sick eyes. "Sure it's the ...
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The Copyeditor's Handbook says this is not a suspended compound [closed]

The Copyeditor's Handbook says: In a phrase like "ten-to-fifteen-minute traffic delays," the "ten to fifteen" constitutes a unit — an approximation of length of the backup — and it is therefore not ...