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 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 ...
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Punctuation for nested quotes at the end of a sentence

This is something I've gone back and forth on with a couple of writer friends and nobody is ever really sure what the correct punctuation format is, or whether there really is a format that's ...
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Converting direct speech to indirect speech

Please tell me what will be the indirect-speech form of this sentence: The boys shouted, "Don Bosco Public School well played?" The question mark confuses me. Here is the original question:     ...
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Em dash and quotes

While I toss up between the em dash and the en dash, I am consistent throughout one document. However, one thing I have noticed when using the em dash is that when I write something like: Firstly, ...
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punctuation to indicate non-grammatical pause or omission

Is it inappropriate to use an ellipsis to create a conversational pause in a typed sentence, in a situation where it's not appropriate to use a comma or a dash or anything else? There's no grammatical ...
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Should one enclose variable names in commata?

In scientific writing, when should one enclose variable names in commas? Take the following example sentences: 1a) "For a set of pixels S, two pixels p and q from S are said to be connected if ...
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Punctuation of the Expression “The Works”

I'm feeling really sick today, and I wanted to text my friend to tell him why I won't make it to our meeting. I wanted to say "I'm feeling pretty sick. Fever, headache, cough, the works.", but I've ...
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Hyphenation of words like ‘waterproof’

The Oxford dictionary states that most compound adjectives made from a noun and an adjective should be hyphenated (e.g. ‘accident-prone’, ‘camera-ready’). On the other hand, its entry for the word ‘...
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Is it all right to end this sentence with a question mark? [closed]

I am writing a story, and one sentence has been bugging me. What was going on with that, I wondered? It's an interior thought, and so I don't use quotations. If it were dialogue, I would put ...
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Do I need these commas in the case below?

I'm debating back and forth on some grammar choices because I can't decide for certain whether the second parts of my sentences are independent clauses since their subjects are in the first parts of ...
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Should questions phrased as declarations end with a question mark?

Should a question masquerading as a declaration—like, "I wonder if you have any suggestions?"—end with a question mark or a period?
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How should I punctuate this sentence?

During the interview, I asked Ms. Smith what geared her towards teaching students with special needs.
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Is the correct format “Good morning, John” or “Good morning John”? [closed]

Which of these is in the correct format? Good morning, John. Or Good morning John.
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Correct punctuation to separate the elements of this sentence [closed]

The sentence in question is Returns the value of the function as if it were attached to this attribute ( ) under a fast evaluation ( ) according to the current state. It feels like there should ...
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Parentheses: period and comma placement [duplicate]

This is a sentence (with parentheses). This is a sentence (with parentheses.) This is a sentence. (with parentheses) Which example is correct? Does this apply to commas as well, or any other ...
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1-D, 2-D, 3-D: En-Dash , Em-dash, or hyphen

I want to write the word as 1-dimension (1-D), 2-dimension (2-D) Which is the correct punctuation mark?
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Semicolon or dash?

Help! I've read everything there is on Google re: semicolon and dash use and, whilst I understand all this, I still struggle deciding when to use a semicolon over a dash to join two independent ...
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List within a List

I have a list of categories which are themselves also lists. I wrote the sentence like so: These paradigms are grouped into three categories: wisdom consisting of: right view and right thought; ...
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Proper punctuation when using “as is” to make a comparison

I'm wondering what the proper punctuation is when using "as is" to make a comparison. Example: "Venus and Mars are planets, as is Earth when referring to the whole world." I've noticed in this ...
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How do I combine two short statements (both two words long) into one so that it is grammatically correct?

For example... 1) "Lift heavy." 2) "Sleep well." I need to make one, four-word statement by combining these two. I would be looking to combine them to produce something like this... "Lift ...
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Need a comma before an adverb as last word in sentence?

When an adverb is the last word in a sentence, is it preferable to insert a comma before that word or to leave it as is (with no comma)? For example: How many employees, roughly? or How many ...
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Do satirical headlines sometimes use quote marks ironically?

Does the following headline use quote marks correctly? Why is just a single word in quotes? Jaques Derrida 'dies'
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Is there data on the frequency of occurrence of the greengrocer's apostrophe?

I've heard words such as 'ubiquitous' used to describe how prolific the presence of the greengrocer's apostrophe is, but is there any actual data available on how prolific it is in everyday life ( ...
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Who is the “owners wife's account”?

Can someone comment on what this is technically saying? ....“send the transfer directly to the owners wife's account.” Is the wife the owner in this sentence or is the owner an owner who ...
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Comma before “with”?

I'm watching Batman with Sara. or I'm watching Batman, with Sara. Sara = my friend, not an actress. Which is correct?
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Is there a name for the technique of changing the meaning of a word using a comma?

A reader inquired about the name of the effect that I used to illustrate the meaning in the sentence below: Doing nothing repetitively is doing nothing, repetitively. Is there a name for the way ...
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Parentheses preceding the subject? [closed]

I've been thinking about the following pattern for some time: Linseed oil... soaks into the (visible and microscopic) pores When I was a kid, this wasn't the way I was taught to use parentheses: ...
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Need quotation marks here? [duplicate]

I want to write: When God beckons man, he remains insensible and continues to have faith in his reliance upon himself, unwilling to be a burden on God. In this context, the "faith" does not ...
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Should I use quotation marks here?

I am writing a review of a French film named Les Choristes. I want to describe the troubled children in the film in this way "Those students are experts at defying teachers, they are the inventors of ...