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 an embedded quoted question within a declarative sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? I'm having a devil of a time trying to determine how to punctuate an embedded quoted question within a declarative sentence. A ...
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Ending punctuation of “How are you”?

I've seen the "how are you" questions on this forum, but mine is a bit different. I read this in the Readers Digest once: Don't tell your friends about your indigestion. 'How are you' is a ...
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How can I write a given date in an abbreviated form? [closed]

Are these acceptable? Nov. 2nd, 2011 Nov 2nd, 2011 Nov 2, 2011
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What is the correct conjunction or punctuation for the following sentence?

I have two sentences as follows: We don't know what we should do if the worst case happens. The worse case is when the math teacher does not allow us to use calculators in the test. I want to ...
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Are commas properly used in “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”?

George Bernard Shaw said, "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." Are commas properly used in these sentences? In my mind, the comma in each sentence improperly separates the noun ("he") from the ...
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Question mark when ending sentence with “I wonder”?

I know that when a sentence begins with "I wonder" followed by a question, it is typically ended with a period. I wonder why that is. However, when "I wonder" is moved to the end of the ...
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Which one is the correct phrase, and why?

I am confused about the following two phrases: Generalising them is very easy. If you talk to some of them chosen at random, other largely share their views. Generalising them is very easy. If you ...
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Spaces after periods in abbreviations

Should I put spaces after periods in the following examples? A.B. Buffington (between the initials) Vol.2, No.6, pp.195-200 I see people missing spaces in their academic writing all the time and I ...
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What's the best way to write a reported question? [closed]

Which of the following is correct: People ask me, what Google.com is? or People ask me, what is Google.com?
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Should an ending semicolon be underlined?

Should the semicolon at the end of an underlined heading also be underlined?
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Quotation in sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? How does one punctuate a sentence that contains a quotation in the middle? For example, is it: 1) Those who say, "My system is ...
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Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark

How should sentences that end with both a colon and a question mark be formed? Two examples are below, both questions, but one in which the colon presents a piece of information and the other in which ...
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Citing a book where no formatting of text is possible

In forums such as this, where it's not possible to format the title of a question, is there an appropriate way to refer to a title of a book? For example, in this question I enclose the title of a ...
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Is it true that you are supposed to put two spaces after the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many spaces should come after a period/full stop? Possible duplicate: How many spaces should come after a period/full stop? Is it true that you are supposed to ...
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Plurals, Possesives, and Proper Nouns ending with 'S' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? I just took a grammar quiz in 10th grade English Honors, and one of the questions was very interesting to me. In ...
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Using ellipsis to indicate a pause in conversation

Wikipedia has a sentence in its article on ellipsis: In reported speech, the ellipsis is sometimes used to represent an intentional silence, perhaps indicating irritation, dismay, shock or ...
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When can a comma be used before the word 'and'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use a comma before “and” or “or”? Is it appropriate and/or advisable to use a comma before 'and' in some situations?
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When does a comma change the meaning of a sentence?

Match the two sentences with their meaning: 1) I had a discussion with a friend and a programmer. 2) I had a discussion with a friend, and a programmer. Meanings: a) I talked to a ...
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Is it appropriate to use a hyphen in compound adjectives? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it necessary to use a hyphen in writing a compound word? I've searched the web and "English Language & Usage", but am having problems finding the answer to ...
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An alternative to quotation marks

Let's say that I want to communicate that a particular website is the first result when googling cool ringtones. Normally I would say it like this: This website is the first Google result for ...
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Whether an omitted “that” should be replaced with a comma in certain situations

Consider a sentence like this: "I'm just letting you know that the meeting is at 6 tonight." It would be pretty common to omit "that" in this sentence: "I'm just letting you know the meeting is at ...
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The word for “?!” or “!?”

Is there a word for the punctuation "?!" or "!?"? A friend of mine steeped in such idiosyncrasies of eccentric English lore said there was but could not recall the name. I guess for reasons known only ...
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Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?

According to Wikipedia, there are two ways to use punctation marks when it comes to quoting. Basically, we have the British style, where punctation marks that don't come from the quoted material "is ...
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Correct punctuation before a name or list of names

I'm trying to get some clarification on restrictive and non-restrictive appositives (specifically, names) when used at the end of a sentence (as well as multiple names in the form of a list). My ...
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A question of informal punctuation: How do you correctly end a sentence with 'haha'?

What is the best way to end an informal sentence (such as a text or over Facebook chat) with haha? Consider the following options: It's always bugged me haha It's always bugged me haha. ...
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Placement of comma before quotation mark

What is the rule for comma placement before a quotation mark? When should the comma go before and when should it go after the quotation mark?
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If parentheses close the sentence, where should period be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In which cases is a comma/period placed inside or outside of parentheses? Consider the following sentence: Now, it is highly attributable that professionally I never ...
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Is “ .. the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won.” correctly punctuated?

The quote in the title of this post is an extract from the official report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, authored among others by Kofi Annan. To me the comma is clearly misplaced. But is ...
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Should it be “one”, “ones” or “one's” in a company's slogan?

I saw a tow truck with a slogan running the length of the bed. Were the "ones" to call What drew my attention was the past tense without an apostrophe, and the inappropriate use of quotation ...
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What is the correct punctuation when quoting a question in the middle of a larger sentence?

There are several questions here on quoting a question within a sentence, but most of them deal with the quote being at the end of the larger sentence. What if it's in the middle? In many ...
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Use of dash in a sentence

Is the dash an acceptable punctuation in this sentence? Dances, parties, luncheons -- all these should be part of your senior year.
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Is this a correct use for semicolons?

Is this sentence punctuated correctly? Not only am I a wife, but a mother; not only a daughter, but a sister; not only a coworker, but a friend.
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How to punctuate a quoted question within a question?

How would I punctuate the bold portion? "Who are you?" she asked. "Wait," I replied, "did you just ask me Who are you?" I would use the following: "Wait," I replied, "did you just ask ...
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Comma placement when using quotes that end with a question mark [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? I've been writing a letter to an editor, and one line of my response reads: In your article "What Makes Free Will Free?" you ...
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(I'm not sure) how to capitalize this sentence

When a sentence begins with a parenthetical clause (uncommon, I'm sure), how should the following portion be capitalized? My thought is it would be either (In my opinion, at least[,]) the play was ...
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Multiple hyphens in a word

Is it allowed to have multiple hyphens in one word? I want to use the word semi-self-sustaining in the sentence However, the ability to produce semi-self-sustaining stations is possessed by up ...
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Punctuating “etc.” after a series of questions

How should I terminally punctuate etc. when it's used at the end of a series of questions? How's your brother? Did you get the job? Are you feeling better? Etc.? Is this right, or do I use a ...
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First usage of parentheses or brackets ( and )

I have found several sources (Wikipedia, Eats Shoots & Leaves) that claim Erasmus was the first person to use parentheses (also known as brackets). He supposedly called them lunulae (because they ...
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What is the significance of the “ô” character in “rôle” in this work?

In this document from 1916, on the last line of the first page is the word rôle. If context matters, the entire sentence is: As might readily be supposed, the control of the lactic acid ...
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Should there be a comma in “Tell <name> <other name> says hi.”?

I just wrote to someone, Tell Alivia Wyatt says hi. Am I missing a comma? It seems like there almost has to be one between the names. I find it a strange sentence to punctuate.
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Can I place a sentence between em-dashes? Do I put a period?

Can I place a sentence between em-dashes? If I can, should I put a period, or not?
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Commas around “which”

I was talking about a new logo with a friend and I asked him why there's so much white. He told me that it's not white, he just doesn't know what colour will it be. I replied: Then use transparent ...
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Quotes and Punctuation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it ever acceptable for a period to come after a quote at the end of a sentence? How should I punctuate around quotes? I graduated with an English Major from Radford ...
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'Plus, …' or 'Plus …'

I've a sentence structured as below for a leaflet: Fill in the survey and you can win x! Plus, a chance to be entered into a draw to win y! I typed this sentence and I just naturally added a ...
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Punctuating a Sentence Containing a Question

If a sentence contains a complete question, but ends with a statement, should it be punctuated with a question mark? Example: Could she go to the store, he wondered
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Should I use a question mark at the end of a question fragment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “How to […]?” and “Where to […]?” Questions that are not questions. Is this defensible? Does it make sense, grammatically, to end ...
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What is the preferred way to write this type of sentence?

Sally (the mayors daughter) donated to the Salvation Army yesterday. or Sally, the mayors daughter, donated to the Salvation Army yesterday.
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How to quote multiple lines of verse inline

When quoting multiple lines of verse inline, is it proper to put spaces around the slash? For example, with a slash but no spaces: "Beside the lake, beneath the trees/Fluttering and dancing in the ...
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Is an ellipsis interchangeable with an em dash?

I know than an ellipsis can be used to show a broken sentence, the same way an em dash can be used. What I don't know is that if the two are interchangeable and it is writer preference or if different ...
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What is the third 'quote' (inverted comma) called? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are these symbols called? ~ ` ^ Most of use are familiar with " and ' but what is the third ` (same key as ~ on a standard US keyboard) character called, and how ...