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Correct Usage of Quotation Marks

I was told the other day that when writing a report, the first occurrence of a word should be in quotes and all further occurrences should not. When I asked whether there was a rule to which words ...
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Punctuating illustrating questions

I am writing an academic report and I am trying to figure out how to punctuate the following: The previous results cannot provide an answer to questions like, what is the probability of X given Y ...
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What is the rule for using a period on a game card?

For example: This appears on a card in a game: "Equipment worn by players on one hand to field baseballs." The answer appears immediately below it..."Mitt" Another example: "Black disk made of hard ...
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How does punctuation affect this clause in a sentence?

In this sentence: Parents and children, under the age of 18, that live in the same residence When punctuated this way, does the age restriction apply to both parents and children? I mean, ...
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“Just as clear as mud as ever” — proper grammar/usage

A co-worker asked,"How's it going?" to which I replied, Oh, it's just as clear as mud as ever! The context for this is regarding client requirements convolution. The requirements are still ...
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Comma(s) when starting a sentence with both an introductory element and participial clause [duplicate]

If a sentence is starting with both an introductory element and a participial clause, where do I need to set the comma(s) appropriately? Consider the following versions of an example sentence: ...
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Is this sentence structure correct? I catch myself using this structure a lot [closed]

This is a line from a story I'm writing: "The blanket had been peeled back, revealing imprints of recent slumber." Is this correct or should I make another sentence for the second clause?
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Comma placement between two clauses

Based on my research, #2 is most correct, with two independent clauses separated by the "and". For some reason, a pause after "and" SOUNDS better to me. Is one of these correct and the others ...
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Why add extra space between a word and punctuation (e.g. a period, question mark, etc.)? [duplicate]

I was just wondering this because of noticing a lot of people I've worked with typed this way. Examples: Okay, that's great . Thanks, Stephanie . Was there anything else ? I was wondering if ...
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Can a declarative, independent clause be considered an introductory element?

Consider this question: Are you going to the birthday party? I know that the following response can be punctuated correctly in at least two ways: "I hope so. I have already bought a ...
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Comma splice proceeded by conjunctive adverb

I'm wondering what the rule is as to where any commas or semicolons would go. (a) and (b) are showing the two sentences that are to be combined, and (a)+(b)[1,2] show the sentences in question. (a): ...
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Marine Corps Possessive [duplicate]

I am editing my brother’s paper, and I realized I am unsure about the possessive form of Marine Corps, such as The best kept secret of the Marine Corps Is it the Marine Corps’ best kept ...
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Grammatical term for a noun phrase which consists of an alternate descriptor of the object

(EDIT: It's called a noun phrase, not a clause) I'm wondering what the correct term for this type of clause is, and what the appropriate punctuation is. For example: "I have lost my red hat, the ...
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Using a comma this way

I am reading "The Reader Over Your Shoulder" by Robert Graves (author of I, Claudius), which is a clarity\grace guide for written English. He has a section about punctuation, which gives examples of ...
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Using semicolons to create run-on sentences … what's the deal with semis?

I often see people making sentences quite longer than I'm comfortable with, such as like this: The dog ran, the dog fell, the dog dwelled; the dog didn't wish to be a part of such a place in his ...
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Listening multiple possessives and the use of apostrophes [duplicate]

I want to say that 2 or more people all have something like this: John's and Mary's hats. Is this correct or would it have to be: John and Mary's hats.
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When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? [closed]

When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? Ex. "Linkin Park - In the End" or "Linkin Park – ...
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How to write a question with a suggested answer at the end

How do you properly convey in writing a sentence where a question is asked and followed by a suggested answer? For example, the question "What are we having for dinner?" is asked, and the guess ...
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Should the word after “e.g.” be capital

If you are using a word that normally wouldn't start with a capital letter, should it be lower case after an e.g.? Also should e.g. have a capital E at the start of a sentence? Example phrases: ...
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How to use however in a contrarian statement that ends with a question? [duplicate]

After making a statement in the prior sentence, I want to make a statement that contradicts it and then asks a question. I want to use however and I want to know to make my contrarian statement. I am ...
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Adding a new line to this statement

In the following statement: After confronting Nick about it he said “I have helped you out in the past you owe me for that!”. Should the quoted text be put on a new line and rephrased? This is ...
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Comma after the noun of the Oxford comma?

In a sentence like: Next to apple, pears, and bananas, a lot of other fruit exists. Is the comma after bananas needed, allowed, or forbidden? And why? Is the same true for descriptions with ...
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How do you punctuate a conditional question or properly restate it? [closed]

Today someone pointed out that a sentence I had written was incorrect in their eyes. They could not recall any specific rule or reference that explained their point, but it seems interesting enough to ...
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Are hyphens needed in a noun-phrase that precedes 'manner'? [duplicate]

I sometimes use "manner" to use noun-phrases as adverbs, like "in the manner of a vigilant watchdog". If I reverse the order, does the noun phrase then have to be hypenated? Like so: "in a ...
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Should you use a comma before the “Inc.” in a company name?

Should you use a comma before the "Inc." in a company name? Xona Games, Inc. vs. Xona Games Inc. (in this example, this is the official registration format) ?
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Using multiple semicolons? [closed]

First of all, apologies if this has already been asked. I've done some searching however have not been able to find a like topic. My question is pretty straight forward. How, if possible can I use ...
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Usage of 'in in' in a sentence

Is punctuation required between the repeated in's? "...users who are still active yet haven't logged in in more than x days..."
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What is to use commas and apostrophes?

"Halloween: the one day where we encourage children to accept candy from strangers, go to strangers' homes, and vandalize property and terrorize people if they don't get their own way." Original ...
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What's the proper way to refer to the form of a word that's improperly punctuated?

Example sentence: The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn My dilemma: I would like to convey to the writer of the example sentence that the word Adventure's, in its current _____ form, is ...
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can we use 2 “ 's” in a sentence like this?

I wonder if this sentence is rightly or wrongly punctuated : 'It's "How I Met Your Mother" 's time'.
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Following a listing and ellipses … How should this sentence be punctuated?

I'm trying to puncuate this sentence, and am not sure if I should use ellipses or an em dash, or simply put a period after the fragment and start a new sentence with "No one." Job loss, major ...
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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

This is my first question on this stack exchange. I'm hoping this kind of question is welcome here, and excuse my ignorance, but my confusion evident below is exactly why I am a Software Engineer ...
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ambiguity in understanding

I have some confusion on punctuations such as , ; and conjuctions such as "and", "but" in framing the sentences. In the above sentence, I used the conjunction and to denote that I have doubts on ...
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Where should I put comma and full stop? [closed]

"Hi Jordan, Greetings from XYZ Solutions, I have analysed the content provided by you." OR "Hi Jordan. Greetings from XYZ Solutions. I have analysed the content provided by you." Which one is ...
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Using a comma after “that”

I would like to know if you can use "that" with a comma after it. For example: Findings show that, during the initial stages of love, there is increased blood flow to the brain.
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Semicolon in “These reasons show why England even went to America in the first place [?] god, gold, and glory” [closed]

Should there be a semicolon between place and god in this sentence, in place of the [?]? These reasons show why England even went to America in the first place [?] god, gold, and glory.
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Comma usage: “In July of 2012 …” or “In July of 2012, …”

Consider the following sentence: In July of 2012 Jesse informed us that she was engaged to be married and asked if she could add her fiancée to the lease, beginning the 15th of August 2012. ...
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How do you refer to letters of the alphabet?

If you're talking about a particular letter of the alphabet, how do you format it? Do you just write it? Do you put quotes around it? Do you italicize it? Do you just have to write it out? Does ...
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Using dashes vs. commas in business communications

Having settled into a new job in communications, I am faced with the issue of em dashes. Since I am quite partial to commas but my boss is more partial to em dashes, I can't help but wonder whether ...
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Is this correct grammar with the semi-colon

This sentence is from my essay. Is the semi-colon correct? His most famous residence is the Kaufmann Residence; esteemed for its use of organic architecture with Japanese architectural components ...
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Correct punctuation with two nouns? [duplicate]

There's an old play on words that goes like so: Grammar: The difference between helping your uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse. I've been told that it should ...
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Would you use a period after text: Thank you for helping to build the new building

My boss told me that I shouldn't have a period after the text: Thank you for helping to build the new building. She said that it is not a complete sentence.
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What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?

When I learned this, it had a very distinctive name and allowed to make more interesting sentences. For instance, given the sentence Fred extended his feet, which stopped the car. It can be ...
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You don't want to answer this word-placement question, now do you?

Prompted by this question I got to thinking about the placement of the word now. If it's placed before the comma, it refers to an immediate condition: You don't want to answer this word-placement ...
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Why are some words put in […] rather than without them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper use of [square brackets] in quotes? I have come across articles, interviews, quotes etc., where a singular word in put in the box bracket. Here is a ...
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Proper punctuation of “three to five page essay” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to write dashes in “a 2-4-room-apartment”? Which is the best way to write the quotation in the Question Title using numbers? 3–5-page essay 3 to 5-page essay 3–5 ...
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Why is the comma inside quotation marks when people are quoted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? From a AMS blog post: Some organizations have temporarily suspended their polling, and with the news media tabbing ...
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Proper format for listing criteria for a project

My team are going back and forth between the proper usage of a specific sentence in our project proposal. This project proposal is being presented to a school, so we want to make sure we are correct ...
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If “whenever possible” is in the middle of a sentence, does it need to be preceded by a comma?

The sentence in question is "We believe that the best way to think about the mentor-mentee relationship is to remember that whenever possible, all adults in a child's life should act as a team.  It ...
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Quotation mark usage in the sentence given

A leading article in Britain's Independent newspaper has the following (my emphasis): It is also evident, albeit in a different form, in the Global Investment Summit that opened on Thursday with a ...