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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Same speaker, multiple paragraphs, interrupted by narration

I know that if Alice talks for more than one paragraph, I should only close the quotation marks at the end of the last paragraph. "Blah blah blah. "Blah blah." I also know that if there's ...
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Should I place a comma here—and if so, why?

In the following sentence, should I include a comma after "acquiring"—and if so, why? German residents who agree to declare that they possess, or have begun the process of acquiring**,** ...
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How do you punctuate items in a series after a colon when the items are independent clauses?

A sometimes online sparring partner of mine recently wrote: Men (as opposed to women) have had a purpose that should serve us well should this new transhuman world ever actually materialize: We ...
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Two grammatically correct, similar sentences with different meanings?

I have been given a brain teaser that asks to choose the properly formatted version of the following sentence: The road runs beside the red houses and the green house and town houses are nearby. ...
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How should one punctuate a bulleted list in the middle of a sentence, not at the end?

There have been many posts about the proper way to punctuate bulleted lists, but I have not found any that specifically deal with how to punctuate such lists when they appear within a sentence instead ...
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“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?

She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass. My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't ...
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What is the function of the comma between the two names in the newspaper headline below? [duplicate]

I am really confused about the use of the comma between the two names starting the newspaper headline below. And, is there any kind of ellipsis ? " Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs ...
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Understanding these quotation marks

Eggleston’s appearance coincides with a moment when courts and Republicans have heightened their criticisms of White House legal actions. Eggleston’s appearance put him in the rare position of ...
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em dash in this sentence, is it used as an alternative for comma (,) esp in this sentence?

This is especially important for writers who are non-native English speakers—try to find native English speakers to review your writing.
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adjective-noun-adjective-noun

What is the correct punctuation of something like "constant factor competitive algorithm"? This is a term that frequently appears in computer science articles, and I have seen it written in multiple ...
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The use of apostrophes when there is no clear owner [closed]

Is this sentence correct and if so/not, why? The cyclist's average speed is less than that of a car's.
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Ellipsis in a title

When an ellipsis is used in a title such as 'How to love your dog... A kid's Guide to dog care, is it just used for suspense or is there a grammatical reason which I haven't found out yet? Trying to ...
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Apostrophes on house signs

I see signs in front of houses like "The Johnson's" or "The Wilson's". Can that be correct?
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Alzheimer disease or Alzheimer's disease?

What is the proper spelling: Alzheimer or Alzheimer's Disease?
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Compound Modifiers and Hyphens [duplicate]

Would you say "case-study-rich presentation" or "case study-rich presentation"?
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Punctuation for a list of adjectives or adverbs

Imagine I a have a sentence structure similar to the one below. The boy remained silent—thinking, brooding, plotting his next move. If I didn't want to use an emdash would a comma be okay? I'm ...
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Question about possessive (adj/pron) with additional party [duplicate]

I'm wondering about possessive adj/pronoun and apostrophe S in sentences where you add on additional "possessors". Could anyone give me feedback about whether the following sentences are correct, ...
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Erroneous Commas?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this 'punctuation book' I'm about to refer to offering completely conflicting information in its chapter about Comma usage? On page 63 of 'Webster's New World: ...
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Can anyone tell me if this sentence is correct all around [closed]

Is this sentence punctuation and word usage right? She believed that the client, regardless if it was one client or many clients, is a system.
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Is there such a thing as a sentence sign?

Many of us are familiar with the section sign (§) and the paragraph sign or pilcrow (¶), but is there a sign, symbol, or mark meant to denote a sentence? Potentially, such a mark could be used for ...
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Use of two sets of parentheses, side by side

I have a sentence that uses two sets of parentheses, side by side: Thank you for your letter of October 27, 2015 in which you outlined questions regarding the development of the new Pima Animal ...
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Comma and Semicolon Use when Listing Items [duplicate]

I am trying to list multiple items, but with a specific area they are located in. The perfume had top notes of black currant, luscious strawberry, and sparkling cassis; mid-notes of ginger ...
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Should I use commas before and after the words “I feel” when expressing my opinion?

Here's what I would like to write: My professional experiences as a RN in inpatient acute care settings over 10 years and as an APNP have, I feel, provided me with many skills in the area of patient ...
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Quotation marks for interpreted statements

I interviewed a Spanish speaking individual with the help of a Spanish/English interpreter. I am writing an article about the individual and want to quote him in English. Can I use quotation marks ...
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When putting “etc.” in the middle of a sentence, do you use “etc,” or “etc.,” or “etc.”?

Example: If you forgot your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorent, etc., you will not be allowed to attend. Make sure you bring your fishing pole, tackle, bait, etc. as we will not make any ...
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Grammar with possessive plural [closed]

How do you write "the clients (plural) needs? Is it the clients' needs? Example sentence: "I utilized interpersonal skills to identify the clients' needs." Is this sentence correct?
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What does the word “also” indicate in this sentence?

"It is also my favorite quotation. " Does this sentence mean that this is my favorite quotation in addition to other quotations which are my favorites, or does it mean that I am a person who has this ...
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descriptive paragrapgh

Would we use a question mark or quotations in the following sentence? My mom asked if we were going to carve it for Halloween and I told her no we would use it for Thanksgiving.
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How do I quote nonconsecutive sentences from a lengthy quote?

I am writing a book compiling multiple quotes from various authors. On occasion I do not want to use all of the quote; maybe 2 or 3 lines at the beginning; one in the middle; one in the end. Do I ...
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Should I keep the ellipsis in this sentence?

I was wondering if I am using the ellipsis properly in this sentence. If not, what punctuation should I be using in place of the ellipsis? "This trick proved to be difficult at times because, as ...
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Comma splices in dialogue

At university, it was drilled into us to avoid comma splices like the plague, but I keep seeing them in all different types of famous, best-selling novels. I read things (all in dialogue, in inverted ...
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Am I placing these commas correctly?

My passion, however, is art, and I try to see as many exhibits as possible.
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Punctuation in direct quotation

I have a hard time deciding. Which of the two punctuations is correct? "So what?," you may ask. "So what?" you may ask. Or is there a better way to set the punctuation?
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How do I quote a quote that has quotes in it? [duplicate]

The phrase I have to quote is "Did you never hear of the 'Fountain of Youth?' “. First of all, How do I quote this so people know I'm not stealing their work? The sentence I gave is what someone is ...
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punctuation for “2 point something billion dollar job”

How would you punctuate this: "2 point something billion dollar job"? I'm editing for a court reporter and he says this: "That's not much on a 2 point something billion dollar job." I am unsure ...
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Comma splice rule exception when listing things [duplicate]

I need help with the following sentence that I've encountered on the Wikipedia page titled "Literal and figurative language." His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry... Another ...
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What is the / symbol called?

What is the "/" symbol called? Being a techie, I have heard it called the "forward slash" in the context of unix directories. However, I am now doing technical writing and need to know the actual ...
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Is a comma needed in this construction “who are practically … they're so …”?

The sentence I'm looking at is this: "I pass by two females who are practically leaking sulfur they're so full of demons." I'm thinking that a comma should be inserted between sulfur and they're ...
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“other’s lives” vs. “others’ lives”

I'm not sure which of the following is correct: having an impact on other’s lives having an impact on others’ lives I just can’t figure out how the apostrophe should be used.
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Using punctuation with abbreviations (eg. comma after a state abbrev.)

231 N. Irby Street Florence, S.C., 29501 Is this correct? I just received a box of checks back and the comma looks wrong after S.C.,
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Using colons and semi-colons in dialogue

I've often heard writers say they don't like using colons and semi-colons in dialogue specifically and I don't often see colons and semi-colons in dialogue, but sometimes it just seems like it's by ...
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How to abbreviate a double-barrelled surname?

I have the initials D S-K as I have a double-barrelled surname, and this has always been how I have written them. I was recently reading through The Lord of the Rings, and realised that a character's ...
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Punctuating short quoted speeches

I'm a copywriter editing some text for a client who is a life coach. She has written this sentence which I'm stumped by having to punctuate in Australian English. It explains the excuses people often ...
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Separating dependent clauses and introductory phrases with commas in compound and complex-compound sentences

I know that you are supposed to separate dependent clauses and introductory phrases with a comma if they start the sentence. Examples: If you are ill, you ought to see a doctor. (dependent clause) ...
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Punctuation and italics (by Google Dictionary)

If you type in Google define anaphora, it gives the following definition (original punctuation and style kept): the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to ...
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Why is a 'semi-colon' half a colon? [duplicate]

The word "semi-colon" is used for the symbol ";"; but this is not half of a colon ":": half of a colon would be a full stop ".". So why the usage of the term semi-colon, or half-colon, for a symbol ...
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Punctuation after et. al. [duplicate]

What is the proper way of punctuating the following sentence with period? I found a research paper written by X et. al. In his research, X concluded that... Where X is the name of the researcher. Is ...
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A comma or a dash is suggested to use in this sentence?

"This travel app is a series of guides covering the cultural and alternative side of a city, the side that is almost never covered in conventional guides." Please advise if I need to use a dash or a ...
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Sentences referring to questions – do they need question-marks?

Like this: She hated the charity, but Tom would just shrug it off and tell her if people didn’t help each other out now and then, what good was living?
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Are punctuations ignored in movie titles? [closed]

There happen to be many movies which are not punctuated correctly. Since English is not my native language, I don't know whether punctuation usage in movie titles is just like punctuation usage for ...