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 a word starting after an ellipsis begin with a capital letter? [duplicate]

Often when I'm typing a message on my cellphone telephone, unless I capitalise the word starting after an ellipsis, the new word has a red line underneath it, indicating it is incorrect. So which of ...
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Whether to use a comma or not

I have been looking at many company description and I found the following two usages a) We sell a diverse range of products from books to toys. b) We sell a diverse range of products, from ...
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I am no king, and this woman, no queen

Just wondering whether the comma after 'woman' is correct in the title. The meaning of the sentence is: 'I am not a king, nor is this woman a queen.' The reason I don't simply write it that way is ...
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Proper name for a hypothetical quote or rephrasing

I've seen and used a usage of quote marks that I'm not sure is correct. If it is correct, I'd like to know what it is called. If it is incorrect, I'd like to know how to punctuate it correctly. Here ...
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“…, that is:” vs. “…,i.e.,”

I know i.e. and that is are equivalent, but I have seen a ...that is: also. Does this construction differ in meaning? See: It does not regard politics as a separate or primary goal, that is: as ...
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Semicolon usage: is this usage appropriate?

Is this usage of a semicolon grammatical? I understand that it's used to separate two clauses in a sentence, but am uncertain on the validity of its usage in this scenario Sound can be represented ...
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Most common punctuation and capitalisation when starting a letter [duplicate]

Which of the following is the most common way to punctuate and capitalise the start of a letter? Dear X, we have/We have … Dear X we have/We have … Dear X. We have …
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A case study of colon punctuation usage [closed]

I wonder if the three colon punctuation usage in the case bellow. Also, is the indent proper? Finally, are they formal usage, which can be used in formal writings? I have two questions: 1: Who ...
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Break quotation in the middle of a sentence with a complete sentence

An announcer is saying, "Please welcome our very own John Smith!" The announcer pauses after "welcome." I'm trying to write it like this: "Please welcome," He pauses for effect. "our very own John ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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Greeting Anniversary Celebrators [closed]

Do you write " Happy Anniversary Jane & Henry!" or "Happy anniversary, Jane & Henry!"
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Punctuating around parenthesis at the( end of a sentence) [duplicate]

How do you punctuate around parenthesis (at the end of a sentence). That is the right format if I remember right. Am I right?
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If you use semicolons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?

Here is the sentence in question: The worst scenario is when your friend refuses to bear any responsibility for their cancellation: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight, were we?” ; ...
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Does the punctuation work in these specified ranges? [duplicate]

As a matter of style, could these pass muster to you in terms of conciseness and punctuation - yes or no? I think they are clear and uncluttered. 5-10 year olds 5-10 year old prodigies 10-15 year ...
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Larry Trask says commas should not come after dialog tags - do you agree? [closed]

Larry Trask says: "[A] quotation is set off by quotation marks and nothing else. A sentence containing a quotation is punctuated exactly like any other sentence apart from the addition of the ...
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list of commas after not

I am confused by the meaning of the following sentence: This is only valid when the reservation status is not cancelled, departed, in-house. what's the scope of the not in this sentence? Just ...
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Can [sic] be used to show an omission or error in punctuation? [duplicate]

Can [sic] be used to show an omission or error in punctuation? Eg: Original: He was, happy to get a raise. Revised: He was [sic] happy to get a raise. There shouldn't be a comma after 'was'. ...
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Comma after 'is'? [duplicate]

Is it correct to place a comma after 'is'? Please, no recast. The question is, where do we get the money to pay for it?
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Which punctuation is correct?

Which of the following has the correct punctuation: Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of, "does this Act go far enough?" Where this agreement usually ends, ...
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Not a duplicate - Different question altogether regarding comma placement inside/outside of quote marks in BE

From proofeditright.com: The exception to this rule is in UK English where the comma and full stop/period go inside for a complete quoted sentence; otherwise, they are placed outside (to show they ...
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Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)?

Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)? Example from BBC News: Venezuela - a major oil producer - has been heavily affected by the fall in oil prices on ...
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Quote Marks and Placement of Full Stop in British English [duplicate]

In British English, should the ending punctuation in the following example be ."' or ".' 1 or 2 below? (1) Jake said, 'I overheard Nancy say, "I am going to ask Marty for a divorce."' (2) Jake said, ...
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comma before “though” when ending a sentence — is it necessary?

Two Oxford dictionaries contradict each other (see below). In your opinion, is it necessary to use a comma before though when it ends a sentence? Oxford Dictionary of English I was hunting ...
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Ergative with Because [closed]

Are these punctuated correctly and is the parenthetical reasoning for each valid and sound? She's not running for class president, because she is scared. (= comma before "because" means she is not ...
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Comma after full date? [duplicate]

Is it okay to delete the comma after '1969' below ? Joe said, "February 7, 1969[,]is my date of birth."  And can we delete the comma after 'Indiana' and '2015' below? Lisa reported, "The Gary, ...
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punctuating more than one sentence within em dashes and parentheses midsentence

I cannot recast the following sentence. Is it punctuated correctly, i.e., the ending period, midsentence, before the second em dash? The department's philosophy -- When in doubt, let them out. ...
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… for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, loss and theft. (Commas correct?) [duplicate]

Is the comma correct after "to" and after "of" as shown below? Should a serial comma be inserted after "loss"? I cannot rephrase. Herb is responsible for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, ...
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Is it correct to use a comma in the following case?

The detectives couldn't help each other. Perhaps this "madness"—despite coming from the same source, investigating crime scenes—was different for each of them. I'm not sure whether the comma ...
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Should we use a comma, a semicolon or a dash before “trust me”?

Should we use a comma (as shown below), a semicolon or a dash before "trust me" in the first example below, and after "trust me" in the second example below? "I don't think he'll last another year ...
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joint venture agreements OR joint-venture agreements

Are there any issues hyphenating "joint venture" as a modifier? e.g., "joint-venture agreements" or "joint venture agreements"?
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Is this sentence punctuated properly--i.e., the question mark outside the ending quote? [duplicate]

Is this sentence punctuated properly--i.e., the question mark outside the ending quote (after the exclamation point)? Did she scream, "Go to hell!"?
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Thanks & Thank you followed by a comma or a period as a complimentary closing? [duplicate]

If we use the words "Thanks" or "Thank you" (on a line by itself) at the end of a correspondence -- in the absence of a complimentary closing (such as "Sincerely,") -- do we follow "Thanks" and "Thank ...
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Help me with punctuation, please! [closed]

How should one insert the punctuation in the text below: We were informed a complete set of dishes consists of these items cups saucers and plates bowls are not included.
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“mid” without a following hyphen in these words?

The Chicago Manual, 16th edition, says that "mid" is followed by a hyphen only if a capitalized word (mid-Atlantic) or a number (mid-1950s) follows. That said, I believe that all of the following ...
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Meaning of 'stabs-sick eyes'

From "Red Wind" by Raymond Chandler: He lowered them slowly and looked at the man on the floor. The man's neck was twitching a little. His eyes moved in short stabs-sick eyes. "Sure it's the ...
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The Copyeditor's Handbook says this is not a suspended compound [closed]

The Copyeditor's Handbook says: In a phrase like "ten-to-fifteen-minute traffic delays," the "ten to fifteen" constitutes a unit — an approximation of length of the backup — and it is therefore not ...
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Illegal Comma to Enhance Clarity [closed]

A while back, I coined a well-known InfoSec rule: AviD's Rule of Usability: "Security at the expense of usability, comes at the expense of security." Recently I received a comment pointing ...
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comma needed after conjunction 'and' that separates 2 independent clauses? [closed]

Do we need a comma after the conjunction "and" below? The umpire made a bad call, and, in the interest of fairness, he reversed his decision. I think that the following sentence is better with ...
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Do nonrestrictive appositives always require commas? [closed]

In the following example, I have one wife, one daughter and one son. (1) My wife, Angie; my son, Mike; and my daughter, Danielle, will be at the picnic. I think the semicolons are very technically ...
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Comma needed before a sentence-ending “then”?

Do I use a comma before "then" in this example? Joe said, "If she plans on going, I won't be there, then."
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Double quotes for plurals of words, letters and phrases

Are these within the realm of possibility -- that is, forming the plurals of letters, words, phrases, and numbers as I've done below? No suggestions for italicizing, please. "is"s, "as"s, "was"s, ...
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Do frequency adverbs that go at the beginning of sentence need a comma? (Occasionally, Sometimes, etc.)

Do frequency adverbs that go at the beginning of sentence need a comma? Which of these alternatives, if any, is better? Occasionally, I play football with my friends. Occasionally I play football ...
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Is the logical system of punctuation becoming more prevalent in the US? [closed]

Is the logical system of punctuation becoming more prevalent in the US with regard to the placement of periods and commas outside the quote marks? For example: This: He called me a 'purveyor of ...
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Is the hyphen required in this suspended compound?

Is the hyphen required after '$5 million' (followed by a single space) in this suspended compound? He owned a $5 million- to $10 million-a-year business. Is that impeccably punctuated? or should it ...
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Comma needed in 30-day, money-back guarantee? [duplicate]

Is a comma needed in the phrases '30-day, money-back guarantee' and '90-day, no-risk trial'? If so, why? If not, why not? I see them written both ways -- that is, with and without the comma -- but ...
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Why capitalize this word in the middle of the sentence?

I came across this sentence at http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/period.html. Why is "Does" capitalized? The question is, Does anyone support this legislation?
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soon-to-be ex-wife or soon-to-be-ex-wife

Is it: his 'soon-to-be ex-wife' or his 'soon-to-be-ex-wife'? Do we need that hyphen after the word 'be'? If so, why? If not, why not? And is it: 'his soon-to-be-ex' or 'his soon-to-be ex'? Thank ...
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Quoted Title Possessive

I am editing a story where the game show "Jeopardy!" is used as a possessive within a quote. Should I insert the 's within the single quotes around the name, such as 'Jeopardy!'s', or would the 's go ...
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When is it okay not to put a comma, where the rule may normally apply?

In this sentence: I will forward the log, when it is complete. Is it permissible to remove the comma? I will forward the log when it is complete. I thought sentences that are plain and can ...
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hyphenate “cutting-edge” & “state-of-the-art” following to-be verbs? [duplicate]

Is hyphenation preferred with "cutting-edge" and "state-of-the-art" when they follow a form of the verb to-be? Yes or no to the hyphenation below? The new software was cutting-edge. The technology ...