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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Should the 'or' come at the end of the first line or beginning of the second?

I'm working on a webpage that has a form on it where the user can type into a box, or pick some options instead to fill it for them. If I am writing about a choice of options, and splitting that over ...
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Breaking a sentence over multiple paragraphs

I want to break a sentence into multiple paragraphs. This is a simple example: As the clock ticks down to the finish, only time will tell if Captain Bob — Slubgob, the alien explorer ...
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Capitalisation in common nouns that form part of a proper noun

The word region is a common noun. In certain pairings, this common noun comes after a proper noun, as in 'the Highlands Region'. So region is now being specific: so the word is now capitalised because ...
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Comma or not? Question or Period?

Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
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How do you punctuate numbers? [closed]

I know that if you have a list of numbers then you just separate them with a comma and then add "and" at the end. I also know that if you a have a long number like 78654 then you don't do any ...
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Are backticks used outside of computing?

Is the backtick character ("`") used outside of computing in English? If so, what for?
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On correct using of colon [closed]

Is the use of a colon in this question grammatically correct? Which colors do you prefer: blue or green?
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How common it is to emphasize a sentence by adding periods between words?

I am thinking about this style of writing: We. Do. Not. Negotiate! First of all, how would you call that? I have difficulties finding references about it, even though it seems to me that this is ...
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Punctuating a list of direct non-question quotes

What is the correct way to punctuate a list of spoken quotes? For example: They had a variety of excuses for missing the meeting, such as: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight. Were we?” ...
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“), or ,”) in the middle of a sentence? [duplicate]

I think commas are typically placed after closed parentheses and within quotation marks. This creates a dilemma when all three are used together. Example one: You may like snelms (or "snail helms,") ...
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Em dashes or ellipsis over multiple paragraphs [closed]

JUST KILL IT ALREADY Please consider this blurb: The next year will tell whether Joe -- his father -- and the girl with the secret past -- -- can work together to solve the mystery, or be ...
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Have I correctly used comma in the following sentences [closed]

Have I correctly used comma in the following sentences? However, he soon realized he was short of money, even though he had sold his car to pay his debts. He was sent to Court, and the court ordered ...
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However vs. how ever: one word or two?

I am writing a paper and stumbled upon this sentence of mine. "The output remained consistently poor however the data was/were analysed". "The output remained consistently poor how ever the ...
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How to break a paragraph of running text with a example block or figure?

This may have been asked before, but I couldn't find it with my limited vocabulary of linguistic terms. When writing a paragraph of running text that's broken up by a (code) example block or figure, ...
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What does 'at that time there were only men on campus' mean in this quote?

I also think that what our students get out of the arts and humanities is critical for them to develop a sense that is much bigger than the quantitative aspects of a problem to understanding human ...
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Are commas needed around “for example”? [closed]

I need help in determining the proper use of commas. It's an ongoing discussion in my creative writing group. Which is correct: "Take, for example, my aversion to horror films," or "Take for ...
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Would I need a comma after the main clause here?

Would I need a comma before the word "as" in this sentence? The word "fear" also takes a new meaning(,) as it comes to represent a more self-centered notion.
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Should a phrase which is the subject of a sentence or paragraph be quoted?

From the Grammarist website: In a manner of speaking is an idiom that means the same as ‘in other words’ or ‘so to speak’. They've bolded the phrase which is the subject of discussion, but ...
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Comma after a coordinating conjunction preceding a parenthetical at the start of the sentence

Although similar questions have been asked before, I am still not clear as to official or, at the very least, preferred position from punctuation rules point of view on comma after coordinating ...
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Commas with nested subordinate clauses both of which are restrictive (essential to the meaning)

I have been grappling with the question below for a while now, so hope that you can shed some light on it. Do we need the first comma (the one in brackets below) in the restrictive nested ...
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What is the correct possessive form of “Drs. Smith”

I want to address two Doctor Smiths via the abbreviation Drs. Smith; what is correct the possessive form of that (plural) noun phrase? Is it Drs. Smith's? An example sentence: Drs. Smith's house is ...
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Punctuating a sentence containing em dashes within commas [duplicate]

I always find myself writing sentences that contain clauses within clauses, and I can never decide what the right way to punctuate this is. I'm not specifying what kinds of clauses because they could ...
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Minimal one line self introduction containing name and role/job/title

would it be correct to separate this with a comma? Or is there other punctuation which is more suitable like a colon? I'm neildaemond, an engineer in training. or I'm neildeamond: an ...
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Commas or Semicolons [closed]

Consider this (partial) sentence: Literary devices such as the alliteration in “that they” and “with ‘Why’”, the simile in “the pipes like great serpents”, the assonance in “not known before”, and ...
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Comma, quote needed before “quoted” material?

Which punctuation, if any, is correct: A. Did you ever ask Barb, "Hey, what's the matter with you?" B. Did you ever ask Barb, hey, what's the matter with you? C. Did you ever ask Barb, Hey, what's ...
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What is the correct grammatical formation of this paragraph?

I have seen this particular meme trending on a lot of social media platforms of late. I'm wondering what the grammatically correct formation of the meme (phrase) is? The meme in questions reads as ...
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Capitalisation after e.g. in a dotpoint list [duplicate]

I am confused how I should treat capitalisation in the following cases: Example 1 Include the following themes in your writing: respect, e.g. students must respect their teachers. Q1: Should ...
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Should there be a comma, full stop or semi-colon after 'reality'? [duplicate]

It takes a while to bring myself back into reality, the last few moments having past with such violent surrealism.
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A question about question marks [closed]

I consider the second sentence more a statement than a question and have used a period. Is the following correct? Is she drawn back into the past for a reason? Or is it all simply a horrible ...
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What category is an apostrophe in that a comma or a semicolon is not in?

Apostrophes, commas and semicolons fall under the "punctuation" category. Is there a subcategory, however, that distinguishes between apostrophes and commas/semicolons/colons...? Thank you! Edit: ...
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When is a clause not essential?

I am having trouble figuring out when to use commas to set off "nonessential" information. Sometimes it's obvious: Bob, who is thirty years old, is an alcoholic. But other times I'm not sure: ...
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What form of long dash — to isolate asides — is preferable? [closed]

I started writing books over a decade ago and my first editor kept tossing out most of my parenthetical ideas, replacing them with long dashes. I liked it; so now I separate asides, flashes of ...
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Punctuation in a sentence “from A or B to C and even D”

Is there a need for punctuation in the following sentence: "Response time has reduced from weeks or days to hours and even minutes in some cases." More generally, how should one use punctuation in a ...
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Punctuating a parenthetical expression inside a quote (that uses ellipses)

Does this punctuation make sense, with the first half of the quote trailing off in an ellipsis and the second half starting with one? “Funny thing…”, he paused to puff the pipe alight, then ...
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Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? [duplicate]

Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? i.e. My first item. My second item. My third item. or My first item My second item Or what about a longer item ...
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when quoting a quote does the period go at the end, as shown in the below example? [duplicate]

“I, Joe Smith, a Director of ABC Company, hereby swear and affirm that the original ‘Unanimous Consent of the Board of Directors By Way of Written Resolution of ABC Company, Passed on February 13, ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to split two separate items as adj1, or adj2, noun? For example: adj1, or adj2, n = adj1 n and adj2 n

I'm writing some content and a coworker stated that the following was incorrect: You have the option to use the red, or green, ball. or should I be saying: You have the option to use the red ball ...
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Lost In Punctuation

Usually, when a piece of text is translated from one language to some other language, and (due to slightly different idioms, phrases, words, etc.) the end meaning is changed, then it is attributed to ...
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Ellipsis after a complete sentence

I'm wondering how to use an ellipsis after a complete sentence within a quote when not intending to use the entire quote. Specifically, I'm looking at a Bible verse. Consider the following: ...
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Commas before that [closed]

Is it appropriate to put a comma before that in this sentence? But surely he had known, or thought he'd known, that Santa wasn't real.
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“Take/Consider … as an example” vs “Take/Consider … for example”

For more than a decade, I have always seen/used the phrase "Take/Consider ... as an example" followed by a comma. Then, my recent visit on this page got me confused and raised more questions in me. ...
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Punctuation before “even” at the end of items in a series

What form of punctuation should precede even when it replaces and in a series? People brought a strange variety of foods to the potluck. The dishes included green bean cookies, grasshopper tacos, ...
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Do I still omit the closing quotation mark before a paragraph break in speech?

Traditionally, paragraphs in speech are rendered like this: The professor harumphed. "It's not as easy as that. "English grammar is surprisingly complicated. Why, only yesterday..." That is, only ...
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What is the right punctuation for a series of questions within a single sentence?

What is the right punctuation to use with a list of examples that are questions? For example: This is a list of statements from the texts that I find vague: "From what are the interiors of a ...
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What is the least amount of punctuation required in the following: [closed]

He told them to stop their whining. Is there a way to write the above correctly without using quotation marks?
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Comma before “include:” preceding list: right or wrong, and why? [duplicate]

My first style disagreement with another writer at a new job. I say the comma in the example below is superfluous because there is no introductory or non-restrictive clause. I think the options are: ...
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Is it okay to ignore putting periods between initials?

My name is Venkatesh MG. M stands for the name of my birth place, which begins with M, and G is an initial derived from my father's name. Since school, I have been using only these two variations of ...
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How to put question mark after a quotation mark (in Chicago or MLA style)? [closed]

For example, if I want to ask a question that says: Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow" should I punctuate it as Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow?" or Where is, "You know ...
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Should I use … or —?

I came across this recently and curious as to which is correct. Here are a couple example sentences: I wish you would…oh, never mind. OR I wish you would—oh, never mind. In the above ...