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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Using comma to delimit the name of a group and its constituents?

You are probably familiar with this comic which illustrates the possible ambiguity caused by leaving out the Oxford comma: However, this strikes me as plain wrong. I thought comma would not be used ...
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Rules on hyphenating phrases

I see a ton of questions on hyphenated words, specifically, but nothing on the more general question how/when they're supposed to be used vs omitted. Another great answer gives some general rules on ...
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Rule of punctuation when a principal sentence is followed by two or more subordinate sentences

I put below a text I found in a written reply I came across: "...in the Audit Report, it is stated that we did not rebut the Draft Audit Report (DAR). The actual fact is otherwise: we had prepared ...
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Stops or dashes for pauses in dialogue

What is the correct punctuation when one wants to include breaks or pauses in dialogue? Sometimes I use stops. For example, "It is possible...I...could be wrong." I have heard this is wrong ...
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Does the use of the symbol slash for “or” come from the use of “|” in computer programming? [closed]

Does the rise of acceptance in "/" for "or" come from the use of "|" in computer programming (For "OR")? If not is there any correlation?
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Does imperative + semicolon + declarative necessitate a causal relationship?

For instance, take the sentence "Go wash the windows; I like green bears." Given that the two clauses must be closely related because they are joined by a semicolon, is there any other way to ...
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Reimplement or re-implement? [duplicate]

Which form is correct (or more correct): reimplement or re-implement? And to extend the question a little bit, are there any rules concerning both, e.g. re-scan or rescan, re-evaluation or ...
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Quoting text that omits Oxford commas in a paper that includes Oxford commas

I'm writing a paper, and I quote several lists from a source that doesn't use Oxford commas. Sic seems way too strong for the situation, since there's no real error in the quotes, just a different ...
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Proper use of commas [closed]

Where should commas be inserted? In 2000 my future boss Bill Smith had a vision to build the tallest building in New York.
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What's the the proper usage of apostrophes for possession when two might be used? See example

I've looked other places online to try and find the answer to this question and was unable to confirm if I should use an apostrophe for both words or not. It seems awkward to do so but grammar rules ...
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What to call a brief sentence that comes before/after the main clause with only a comma

Here is my passage. I believe I'm doing it right, but I'm not sure why. Does this have a specific name? It doesn't seem like an interjection to me, so I'm not sure why I'm so comfortable using a ...
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Do capitalization and punctuation fall under the category of grammar?

I've just read something that implied that capitalization falls under the category of grammar. After looking at the definition ("the whole system and structure of a language or of languages in ...
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Capitalization of school subjects [duplicate]

What is the rule determinating whether or not we need to capitalize them? Sometimes I see "Math" ; "Physics" in the middle of a sentence, and sometimes lower case is used.
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What's the correct punctuation for the following phrase? [closed]

Suppose I am discussing two books, one authored by John Smith and James Wilson, the other authored by Anthony Jones. In comparing the two books, I wish to say: 'The disagreement between Jones and ...
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Hyphens in “nationally top ranked” [duplicate]

In order to combine "nationally" and "top-ranked" would the resulting qualifier be written as "nationally-top-ranked" or "nationally top-ranked"? Edit: I do not immediately see the applicability of ...
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Number Abbreviated as “No.” followed by a Colon

As I understand it, the preferred abbreviation for Number is "No." If we want to then follow that abbreviation with a colon, like in a form for instance, what does style dictate we do? Is it: ...
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Questions without a question mark (New Yorker) [duplicate]

How to listen to music How a City in France got out the World's first Short-Story vending machines How we learn fairness What makes great detective fiction according to T.S. Elliot What went wrong at ...
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Does another comma belong somewhere in this sentence?

In conclusion, their failure to properly house their animals and educate the human population are just two reasons why zoos are not as good as they claim to be. I'm trying to say that their failure ...
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Punctuation in an indirect quotation

Consider the brief passage: "I love your work, but calling you 'the artist' {1} just doesn't seem to be cutting it anymore. What shall I call you?" "OK. Call me George." {2} So my ...
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No question mark after reported question

I am not sure if this was asked before since I don't know if there is a specific terms for this usage. Is it fine not to put a question mark at the end of a sentence like this? He hadn't gone to ...
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How do I ask two questions back to back? [duplicate]

Example: What is that? A bird or an eagle? Is this the correct way to punctuate this sort of question?
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Is the punctuation of generational suffixes dropped when they occur at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Is the punctuation of generational suffixes (e.g. "Jr.", "Sr.") dropped when they occur at the end of a sentence? For instance, I liked Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. The obvious answer seems to be ...
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What's the difference between double quotes and single quotes when paraphrasing?

Not sure the exact name and proper use when someone paraphrases using single quotes (') vs double quotes ("), eg. 'abcd' as opposed to "abcd". Can someone explain the difference please?
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Is this use of comma correct?

Are the following two sentences correct? Does the comma need to be there? Walking down the stairs, she sighed. When he told her she had missed a form, she sighed.
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Punctuation Mark

I just wanted to know the exact name of a punctuation mark which is used below a word or words to indicate the repetition i.e. Impact of war on youth. // // // // elders. What is the specific name ...
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question mark vs. period

I came across a sentence structure similar to the below, and I am wondering if the sentence should end with a question mark or a period. How did you do that, she wondered? First of all, I would ...
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question about your vs. yours [duplicate]

question about "yours" Can I say I wish to take yours and Don's money? or do I need to say I wish to take your and don's money
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Double possessive: a friend of Steven's [duplicate]

I am wondering about the "double possessive" I have been reading about. I have a couple of sentences as an example: He’s a new client of Jane and Kevin’s and a close childhood friend of Steven ...
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Inverted commas or italics when you mouth something

I am wondering if it is better to use inverted commas or italics when you mouth something, rather than say it aloud. E.g. I cover the receiver and mouth Sorry to my friend. Or is it better to go ...
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13 Month Old or 13-Month-Old? [duplicate]

I have just installed Grammarly and it showed up something which i am not sure of. It corrected '13 month old' to '13-month-old'. The context is I ask because my 13-month-old God daughter ...
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When should 'viz.' be followed by a comma?

Some Latin abbreviations as 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' are always followed by a comma. For the Latin abbreviation 'viz.', sometimes it is followed by a comma, sometimes it is not. What is the rule for ...
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Is it “No can do” or “No can't do”?

You know the phrase that's usually said in a sing-song manner? Which is the correct one? I only ever hear it in spoken form, so I'm not sure if I'm mishearing it. Also, is there a comma in this ...
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Usage of of colon (:) and dash (─) [duplicate]

I often find use of colon (:) and dash (─) confusing. Let me explain this with the help of the following title appearing in an article: Moto ─ an excellent car Sometimes, I find colon (:) is ...
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Proper punctuation for compound sentence with quote that is a question

How should this be properly punctuated? What is the purpose of human existence, or is it meaningless is the question asked by Juan Valdez in "What do coffee pickers with burros think about all day ...
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How to punctuate speech

I am writing speech such as: "There is just one problem" said she "I don't think my friend will like it." What is the correct way of punctuating this? I could put up to three full stops in ...
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Usage of commas and colon in sentence containing lists, and additional clauses

I've used this site to my benefit in the past, and now I have my own question. I have looked through some of the answers (although I admit not every one as I am short on time) and cannot find what I ...
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commas and 'or' going together in a list

a. They did things that were odd, rude or illegal. b. They did things that were odd, rude**, or** illegal. Which of the above means: They did things that were either odd, or rude or illegal. (some ...
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Comma before adverbial participial phrases (reduced adverbial phrases) and participial prepositions

Another tricky comma question that has recently popped up in my line work that I have not been able to resolve to my satisfaction. Apologies it's a bit long, but all parts are related and additional ...
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Use of punctuation of “First,…”

I am uncertain if and how to punctuate if I use only one sentence for the following idea: We conducted two varieties of an experiment. First, we left used method A. Second, we used method B. Can ...
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Punctuation: We promise [that] it's a big deal [duplicate]

I'm editing a marketing campaign. Out loud, one might say, "We promise it's a big deal." I believe there's an unspoken "that" in there: "We promise [that] it's a big deal." Would you punctuate the ...
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“What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.
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Has the request “May I request you to …” to end with a question mark?

May I request you to kindly collect the brief? or May I request you to kindly collect the brief. Which of the above two sentences is correctly punctuated? Added afterwards: This request ...
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How do you write sentences when referring to sections (of a webpage)?

If my webpage has sections (ex: internal clients, external clients, feedback), how should I be referring to those sections within a sentence? The text would NOT be links (clickable). To view ...
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Comma or period after “No”

Similar question has been asked before; however, I would like to clarify the convention around "No" as I have not been able to find anything conclusive. Does one put a comma or period after "No", ...
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Look and tell me what you see! Is it correct as a sentence? [closed]

Look and tell me what you see. Is it correct as a statement, or should I add quotation marks?
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Do you need to add quotation marks around a name sometimes?

I'm writing a sentence of the sort: There is a place known as Some Name by the XYZ. vs. There is a place known as "Some Name" by the XYZ. Would it be wrong the use qutation marks around ...
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Should I punctuate the transition in a sentence between an independent clause and a descriptive quotation?

When I clicked the button, I got the error "ReferenceError: function is not defined". In this sentence, I am telling somebody that when I click a button in a software application, I get an ...
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how to punctuate a sentence [closed]

How should this sentence be punctuated? I've run it past all the online grammar checkers I could find and they seem to think all 4 are acceptable. In my house when the heat is off the pipes freeze. ...
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Singularity and Plurality of The Terms “God,” “god,” and “gods”

I've been studying some of the books of the English versions of the Bible, and have discovered how their uses of the terms, "God," "god," and "gods" should seem slightly perplexing to English readers ...
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Use quotation marks after “that which is called” and similar phrases?

The solution is to foo, producing what is called a bar. or The solution is to foo, producing what is called a "bar". Should I use generally use one over the other; and if so, which one? If ...