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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Why do we use '/' sign as a representation of 'or'?

Imagine that you want to write something about colors and you know that red or blue would work in that context. How do you write that? I've seen these styles: Red or blue Red, or blue Red/blue Why ...
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Can a hyphen be used without anything on the right side?

From this page: [...] in early parts of this century when it was the most user- and hardware-friendly Linux operating system available [...] Is the user- fragment valid (outside this ...
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Past tense of the verb “FedEx”

How do I write the past tense of FedEx? For example: I FedEx'd the package to you yesterday. I Fedexd the package to you yesterday. I FedEx-d the package to you yesterday. I am ...
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How do I punctuate a question within a statement?

What is the proper way to punctuate a question that is posed within a statement like in the following example? Associated with my interest in the patterns that structure aquatic ecosystems is the ...
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Should I use a question mark when the second independent clause of my sentence is not a question?

Is it appropriate to use a question mark at the end of a compound sentence where the first independent clause is a question but the second is a statement? For example: Do you want attribution for ...
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Hyphenation in compound adjectives [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: To hyphenate or not? When is it necessary to use a hyphen in writing a compound word? When is it appropriate to use a hyphen? In the sentence "Portland is known to ...
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Punctuation in presentation slides

I am creating a presentation of slides to be used with a projector. Most of the slides contain lists of incomplete sentences so as to not clutter them up with too much text and overwhelm the audience. ...
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Pronunciation of “#winning”

How do you pronounce #winning aloud? Would it be hashtag winning, hash winning, pound winning, winning or something else? This goes for all hashtags.
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Should there be a comma or a colon here?

His latest album is Foo featuring his band, Bar. His latest album is Foo featuring his band: Bar. Which is the more appropriate way to punctuate the sentence?
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Is “Sent from my iPhone” correctly punctuated and capitalized?

I'm sure everyone has seen this phrase at the bottom of many e-mail messages. My question is about the combination of punctuation and capitalization. The capitalization of the first word makes me ...
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Proper punctuation for joining pro-sentence with independent clause

I recently said the following in chat: Do you mean 90 cents, or 9 cents? 90 cents. Okay, you left out the zero so I wasn't sure. Afterwards it occurred to me I could have replaced the comma ...
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Writing large percentages

So, I have a reason to display percentages in the thousands and greater 1000%, 20000%, etc should they be written with or without thousand separators? 1,000%, 20,000%, etc I have been Googling and ...
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Question mark(s) when asking about a quoted query [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quoting a question at the end of a sentence which is itself a question Although some might say you can't say a question, only ask it, I assume I can say (write)... ...
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Indenting Lettrines or Drop Caps [closed]

A lettrine or drop cap is a large initial letter (usually with some illustration) at the start of a chapter in a book. In the English language, which is preferable: "lettrine" or "drop cap"? ...
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Quoting a question at the end of a sentence which is itself a question

If my sentence is a question and ends with a quote of a question, where exactly do I put a question mark? Did she ask, "Is it raining"? Did she ask, "Is it raining?"? Did she ask, "Is it ...
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When writing instructions, is it OK to leave “and” out of a quick chain of commands?

I'm editing a series of instructions, and I keep stumbling over this issue of whether using "and" in a chain of similar commands is necessary. From the Start menu, select All Programs, then ...
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Using a question mark mid-sentence

May I use a question mark in the middle of a sentence? Examples: Would you like the drapes to be white? or perhaps something off-white? Would you like the logo to be centered? at the bottom? ...
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Should “A-Player” Be Hyphenated?

Stupid term, but still: Is it hyphenated or not? Bob was really happy to have hired Alice; she was an 'A-Player' from the world of private equity and would add a lot to the firm.
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How to join the conclusion to the sentence?

I am in the process of creating a post on one of the other Stackexchange sites, and I came across something I've been wanting to ask for a while: When I VPN to work from my Windows desktop, I ...
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Apostrophe vs. Single Quote

What is the semantic difference between apostrophe and single quote? I see people use both of them interchangeably, but people never create two words to denote one concept. There should be a ...
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What does “)))” mean at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Someone I know keeps ending their chat messages with ))): A: Except if you're not good at jokes B: Then you can still copy jokes from others.))) I assume that this isn't some newfangled ...
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What’s the usage of apostrophes in “ ‘Bye, ‘bye ”?

I’d like to know what effect an apostrophe has which is before a word and doesn’t work as an omitter. (Not like C’mon or ‘Course, but like ‘bye, ‘bye.) I have three questions as follows, but any ...
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Should a period be placed within quotation marks if it would conflict with a punctuated item that should be used or typed verbatim?

Gee whiz! Just when I thought I had the "period within quotation marks" rules set firmly in my personal punctuational code, I hit upon this sentence: All message IDs are pre-pended with the value ...
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Comma usage for multiple words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma before last item in a list Is it correct to write: a,b, or c a,b, and c Is the comma used after b correct?
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When is it appropriate to end a question without a question mark?

Basically, if I ask a rhetorical question, it's not really prompting for an answer. Does that mean it should not end in a question mark? Here are two examples: "What's New" used as a title for a ...
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Correctly using a semicolon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one correctly use a semicolon? I was wondering if the following was the correct usage of a semicolon or if a comma is more apt for this use. Well, have we ...
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Usage of a comma in a dedication

Does the dedication "To my beloved John" need a comma after "beloved"?
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Commas after Conjunctions

So we've already discussed at length whether it's okay to start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction, and it's pretty clear that it is (and I've already done it in this sentence). But (there we ...
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Comma placement: “Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory.”

Will someone please tell me where commas should go in the following sentence: Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory.
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Shorebased, Shore-based or Shore Based?

What is the best or correct way to spell this adjective (e.g. shorebased training)?
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Punctuation for title and caption

I'm displaying a title and caption along with an artist's painting. Are the quote marks correct like this? Title: “The Tree” Caption: “A black tree in the wild”
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Doubly hyphenated words

Consider the word quasi-first-class. Are the hyphens used correctly? Should the two hyphens be of different length to denote the distinction of the hyphenation? Is there a general rule to deal with ...
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Why is it “grandfather”, but “great-uncle”?

I know that there are six forms of this word, but "great-uncle" is most common ("great-aunt" has a similar graph). Why is this, if "grandfather" and "grandmother" are common?
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etc. with postpositioned brackets at the end of a sentence

Where do I put the period when etc. is at the end of a sentence, but between etc. and the end of the sentence is a bracket? To give context, after etc. I cite a reference. Which of these is correct? ...
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Comma Splice? “I'm curious, what is the time?”

I asked a question earlier regarding alternative ways of structuring indirect questions (please refer to this link). Forgive me if I'm over analyzing this, but I never write sentences like this so ...
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Alternative to Indirect Questions

The syntax for indirect questions is that the verb goes after the subject such as, I am wondering what the time is. If not asked as an indirect or embedded question, what punctuation would you ...
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Is it OK to use a forward slash '/' between words other than the obvious 'and/or'?

I don't want to get into the proper use of the phrase 'and/or', but rather to investigate the use of the forward slash between other words. Examples: I have an interview with him/her this afternoon. ...
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Why a dash in this example? [closed]

I am reading an article by Bill Keller (The Times). He wrote: Through the years, The New York Times’s coverage of the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican has received sharp criticism from ...
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Is it OK to add a question mark to show inflection?

When asking a question you generally have to raise your voice at the end of the sentence, is it okay to stuff a question mark in order to show inflection? A couple examples: 'That really happened?' ...
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Why is the unit of measure placed before the value for currencies? Are there other measures where the unit precedes value?

$1,000 is pronounced as "one thousand dollars". Reading from left to right, it seems like it would make more sense to write the value as: 1,000$. This way the pronunciation of the value follows the ...
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Abbreviation of EU and associated punctuation

Why doesn't the abbreviation of European Union (EU) carry periods with it as the abbreviation of United States (U.S.) does, for example? A brief online search turned up little on the punctuation of ...
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Should I use a period at the end of a headline?

I am working on copywriting for my website, and am wondering whether or not I should use periods at the end of my headlines. The headlines will probably be used both as headlines for news articles, ...
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Why aren't double quotes always closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I use quotation marks in sections of multi-line dialogue? Sometimes when reading, I will see a " at the beginning of a paragraph [When someone is speaking]. ...
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Where should the period be put when an entire sentence is quoted at the end of a sentence?

As in the following: A common proverb is: “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” A common proverb is: “A rolling stone gathers no moss”. A common proverb is: “A rolling stone gathers no ...
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When a question is followed by a bulleted list, where does the question mark go?

Where do I put the question mark when I want to ask about a list of items? For example: Should we mention other books by Charles Dickens, such as: A Tale of Two Cities: a novel describing ...
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When should single quotes be used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the Difference in Usage Between Using Single and Two Quotation Marks/Inverted Commas? I know that they are used inside double quotes for a quotation within a ...
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Ellipses at the end of unfinished lists

After reading a question wrongly posted on programmers.SE and especially the post at PR Daily quoted in one of the answers, I have some doubts about the usage of ellipses. In French, ellipses are ...
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Which symbols can I use as shorthands to convey specific meanings?

For example, "/" (slash) can be used to mean "or" for two things that are interchangeable: I am taking my car/automobile to meet with my date/girlfriend. Are there other symbols like this that ...
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Understanding appositives and the use of the m-dash ( — )

My understanding of a dash is that it sets off a lengthy appositive, but can also be used to introduce a summary. Consider the following passage from Stephan Jay Gould: If evolution worked ...
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Should there be a period after an equation?

This isn't a pure English question, but it is about writing style: Sometimes entities that aren't words end up being in sentences. I know that when mathematical expressions are inline as follows: ...