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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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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Is there a better way to write 'do-it-yourselfer'?

I find English punctuation wholly unsatisfactory in times like these. I want to add an '-er' to the phrase 'do it yourself', to refer to someone who does things himself instead of hiring out the work ...
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Placement of commas and 'and' in English numerals

I have a similar question to the one below When writing out large numbers in words, should commas be placed at thousand separators? I'm writing a program to spell out large numbers, and am unsure if ...
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Should these questions be split?

I have these two questions: Could you give me a call please as I need to speak to you about something? What is the name of the reference because there is something important that I need to ...
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What is the correct format for using commas after periods? [duplicate]

Basically, I wish to write something along the lines of Bob, C.J., Greg and Charles all went to the store. I'm not sure about the use of the comma after the C.J. Is this correct punctuation? ...
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Quote positioning on a long sarcastic-explanation phrase

In the following excerpt, would it be more correct to close the quotation after "pose"? ...and they stand in the ISO-standard "security man waiting for you to walk through the door so he can ...
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Comma before “although”, or is it a matter of style?

I know it technically isn't correct, but to me it just looks awkward without it. For example (just reading through a friend's gig review): The videos were surprisingly hard hitting, although ...
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Spaces for Ellipses [duplicate]

I find some opinions about the rules for ellipses are conflicting. Here are some conflicting issues: Q1: Are the spaces between the dots in a ellipsis necessary, i.e. dot-space-dot-space-dot? (Yes.)...
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Terminal comma? [duplicate]

I've always had this question but I didn't know the name for what I wanted to ask until just recently (figured it out while reading a tutorial for the Inform Interactive Fiction system). When using ...
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How does one write the possesive form of stock ticker symbols ending in “s”?

How does one write the possessive form of stock ticker symbols ending in "s"? These are neither acronyms nor initialisms (/TLAs). For instance, does one write RAS' earnings, or RAS's earnings?
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Should I use a semicolon or a colon to introduce a question at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Which of the following is punctuated correctly? My question for you is: how do I do that? My question for you is; how do I do that? Or should it be something different altogether?
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Question mark or period?

Is this sentence a question or a statement (or other). It ends with a question, so I used a question mark. (Just ignore the tech jargon.) I get that this should show me the PID of the SIGTERMing ...
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Colon for 'because' omission?

Colon or semicolon when because is omitted from a sentence e.g., I am sorry I disturbed you (;) (:) (because) it looked like you were having a lot of fun there. Because explains and clarifies a ...
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Punctuating a Question Ending with an Exclamatory Quotation in American Style

I've done quite a bit of looking for some definitive advice on this scenario to no avail, so I turn to you. What is the proper way to punctuate a question ending with an exclamatory quotation, such as ...
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Is using a colon before a table of values correct?

Is it correct to use a colon before a table? For example: The required configuration is provided in the table below:
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How to separate two phrases in a grammatically correct way?

In all stackexchange sites, there is an edit summary field provided when you try to edit a question or an answer. I find myself frequently writing there the following: "edited title, added a tag" or ...
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Punctuation for a Shakespeare quote

I am putting a quote on a plaque, but am uncertain how to punctuate it. Any help would be appreciated. This above all: to thine own self be true Do I put in a comma (which is in the original ...
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Is “qo” a step in the evolution of the question mark?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Question_mark According to the wikipedia article I've linked to above, "qo" was sometimes used in the middle ages to abbreviate the latin word "questio" in the way that we ...
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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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If , as John Lawler says, orthography is not part of language, how can these commas interfere with today's discussion about gun control? [duplicate]

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. I read an interesting article on The New York Times ...
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Use of commas before a quote [closed]

In the following sentence, should there be a comma after the word slogan? The 1958 Ford Edsel was advertised with the slogan "Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it."
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“It may be updated below.” or “It may be updated, below.” [closed]

Which is the correct way to punctuate this sentence? Is the comma necessary? Context: The following is our initial estimate. It may be udpated, below. The intent is to say that half a page from ...
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How to use hyphens appropriately when listing multiple hyphenated terms?

If multiple hyphenated terms share the same latter half, and I wish to list them without repeating that latter half, how should the hyphens be placed? For example: I will be investigating control ...
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Correct comma placement in this sentence

Consider x, when the regulator is set to zero the integrand in x reduces to y. Is this the correct comma placement? My thinking was "Consider x" is an introductory phrase, so it is OK to place the ...
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Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?

If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit. So ...
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What to do about multiple sentences following a colon?

For example: It happened only a handful of times in my lifetime: once when I went to the store. It just had to be done. There was no choice. Another when heading to the beach in 2013... Should I ...
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What punctuation should follow after a list introduced by a colon?

The whole department: John, Jeff, Jean, and the accountant [?] were thrown into jail.
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Do you have to capitalize a question that is after a comma?

Do you have to capitalize a question that is after a comma? Example: I'm not hungry, why do I have to eat? EDIT The sentence are formed by dependent clauses with the next structure: ...
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Comma or semicolon when omitting a conjunction

Perhaps someone could clarify the accepted punctuation for a sentence where a conjunction has been omitted. I'm quite clear about when a coordinating conjunction has been omitted but not as clear for ...
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Comma or full stop after ''come on''?

I’ve always wondered whether you should put a full stop or a comma after come on. Come on, it’s just over there! Come on. It’s just over there! Which one is right?
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Why ; is called semicolon and what is its history? [closed]

Semi- is a Latin prefix meaning "half" and colon is another punctuation. Should I therefore say that semicolon is a halved colon?
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Comma usage around the word 'still.'

When I read the following sentence out loud to myself, it seems to me that there should be a brief pause before and after the word 'still,' based on how it is being used in the sentence. However, I am ...
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Comma usage near title in quotes

I can't seem to find any answer in my high school grammar textbook regarding the use of commas after titles that appear in quotes. Is this question addressed by American style guides? I recently ...
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Exclamation point inside a sentence

While reading the free Kindle edition of She by H. Rider Haggard (originally published in 1887), I noticed sentences like this one: But now, to my intense horror, I knew that I could never put ...
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Caveats of punctuation of nested quotes

I've found "How to punctuate a quote within a quote?" where the correct punctuation for the given example of nested quotes was: “He leaned close to me, and said in a gravely and drunken voice, ‘It’...
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Is a period needed in a mid-sentence parenthetical quotation?

In this sentence ... Correct wool velour carpeting is used ("It didn't hold up as well as Porsche would've liked," says Jim, "and they discontinued it after a while") and the restored mahogany ...
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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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How would we punctuate a sentence which ends in an abbreviation and exclamation mark or question mark? [duplicate]

I was wondering what to do if I have abbreviation at the end of a sentence which ends in a question mark. What is Google inc.? What is Google inc. What is Google inc?
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“for which” usage

I am writing comments to my algorithm and I used this sentence to describe one variable. But I am not entirely sure if it makes sense and if I used commas right. id of node, for which, program is ...
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Possessive of Quoted Song Title in Quotes

Without recasting the following sentence, is the possessive of the quoted song title correctly punctuated as exampled? I am aware that it can be reworded to avoid the problem, but I wanted to know ...
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Date/Time Format in Report [duplicate]

On Thursday, 23 June 2004 at 3:15 pm, Mike Lollis resigned. In British style, 1) Do I need to insert a comma after '2004'? 2) Can I leave 'pm' as is without the full stops in this abbreviation? 3) Do ...
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'Letters as letters', 'words as words'

Aside from italics, is it okay (especially in British English) to denote the plurals of 'letters as letters', 'numbers and numbers' and 'words as words' as I've done below? Also, I'm aware of doing it ...
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Semicolons after ages

Would a comma or semicolon correctly follow the word "Florida" below? I used the comma for the last city-state entry. Is this correct? Mike Jones, 45, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Sandra Stevens, 42, of ...
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'[sic]' to indicate punctuation errors

Can [sic] be used to highlight a punctuational error? In the sentence below, the bracketed sic would obviously denote that the punctuation preceding it was an error — that is, a semicolon ...
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Bracketed Capital Letter [duplicate]

What does the bracketed capital letter indicate in the revised version below? Is it essential, per the rules of proper punctuation, to do so? Are the ellipsis points (i.e., the spacing of the dots) ...
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Parenthesis and quotations having punctuation before AND after them [closed]

I'll have to come up with some examples to show you my question: I know if a sentence is inside either, the punctuation is inside (I also know I use a lot of comma splices. I think of the way the ...
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What is a “big-ender pair”?

In the sci.math newsgroup ca. 23 Mar 2013, in thread Subject: Re: math formulae?, I saw the following: > >"Is the tournment liken to a bridge tournment? The problem is vague. > > ...
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Is a comma appended to an ellipsis in the middle of a quotation?

Digging through every ELU question I can find on the matter, I still can’t locate a specific answer to this question of punctuation. Which of these is correct? “Maybe...” I said, injecting an ...
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What is the proper way to ask two questions in one sentence?

Every now and again I find myself writing a sentence like this: INPUT in LPINPUT is some data structure I can identify — what does LP mean, array? I don't know what to call this type of ...
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Should there be a comma after “Thank you”?

Should there be a comma anywhere in the following sentence? Thank you Annie for making us proud.