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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Marine Corps Possessive [duplicate]

I am editing my brother’s paper, and I realized I am unsure about the possessive form of Marine Corps, such as The best kept secret of the Marine Corps Is it the Marine Corps’ best kept ...
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Usage of dash in the sentence

I came across the below line in a newspaper Wayne Rooney finally scored his first World Cup goal for England - after 759 minutes, in his third cup and 10th game. Why is the dash required in the ...
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Comma before not

If I have this opposition construction with not like It's all about intimidation(,) not the law. should I place comma before not?
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Using “scare quotes” inside a quotation

I understand that scare quotes can be used when a word is being used in a specialized, unconventional, or disputable sense: The census bureau encountered problems when trying to define a “normal” ...
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Too many commas in Harry Potter

The Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone starts with the line - "Mr and Mrs Dursely, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. " Hasn't J.k. ...
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Am I using the semicolon correctly in this example? [closed]

When school is over and got nothing to do; wouldn't it be better if you could do something with your friends or family?
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Are brackets greedy?

I have the sentence fragment: each in itself for achieving this pure abstraction of being-for-itself and I'd like to incorporate it into my paper so that the quotation reads as follows: They ...
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should I use a colon or semicolon here?

My sentence (roughly—it's in a scientific document and i have simplified somewhat): It is more relevant to calculate A relative to B: although C filters the observation, B describes the true ...
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Is the first hyphen in “Anti- and pro-American”, “bi- and tri-monthy”, “country- and state-specific” correct? [duplicate]

Those prefixes "Anti", "bi" etc would look odd as separate words, but then, even complete words like "country" or "state" ending with a dangling hyphen look odd. So what is the correct rule for this? ...
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Commas to separate a dependent clause or not?

I'm writing about a player playing a game and probabilities. I tried to cut down the sentence, so don't concentrate too much on the sense rather than the commas. Would you write my sentence like this ...
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Using Either a Comma or a Semicolon

My teacher was explaining how sometimes a comma isn't enough to make a sentence correct, and that sometimes you have to use a semicolon. I am having trouble figuring out when you should use which. ...
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Bullet points where there is an 'or' before the final point.

I would typically write a bullet point list that is all part of one sentence with: no capitals no punctuation at the end of each point a grammatical structure that is consistent a full-stop after ...
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Should I use comma after i.e. clause?

Automatic translation of classes to relations requires every regular, i.e. non-subclass and non-association classes to have a primary key. Automatic translation of classes to relations ...
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Grammatical term for a noun phrase which consists of an alternate descriptor of the object

(EDIT: It's called a noun phrase, not a clause) I'm wondering what the correct term for this type of clause is, and what the appropriate punctuation is. For example: "I have lost my red hat, the ...
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Is the use of a period within quotes, in a sentence, accepted?

In the article by Anthoney McCartney on Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/man-arrested-red-carpet-says-never-hit-pitt-172635914.html): Don't get offended at me. Don't get mad at me. And just to ...
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Ordering of question mark, closing quotation mark, and citation [closed]

Let's say I am quoting the verse "Do you like cheese?" from the Book Of Cheese. Is it: As it is written, "Do you like cheese?" (Book Of Cheese, 43:21) or As it is written, "Do you like cheese" ...
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How do I punctuate a question that contains a quote that is a declarative sentence? [duplicate]

I'm stuck. A friend of mine stated on Facebook how much she hates the music that ice cream trucks play. So, I responded: How about they play, "Hello. It's ice cream you're looking for"? It looks ...
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Interrupted dialogue and capitalisation

When a speaker resumes speaking mid-sentence after an interruption, what case would be correct or better practice to use at the start of the sentence? As the resumed dialogue would not be a complete ...
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Where do I position the apostrophe in a plural possessive? [closed]

I wanted to write parents birthdays but I wasn’t sure whether the apostrophe went before or after the s in parents. Please explain which is correct and why.
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Using a comma this way

I am reading "The Reader Over Your Shoulder" by Robert Graves (author of I, Claudius), which is a clarity\grace guide for written English. He has a section about punctuation, which gives examples of ...
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Can Quotation Marks be Used When Describing the Contents of a Label?

I am using the sentence below to describe what is written on the image of the button below. The log-in page may also be located by going to the homepage at www.website.ca and clicking the red ...
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Would this be the correct way to punctuate this?

I know a more common way would be to say something like, That crane is a beautiful animal, isn't it? But if one were going to word it as follows: It's a beautiful animal, isn't it, that ...
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Oxford Comma Conventions

According to the Wikipedia page for the Oxford Comma, "Use of the comma is consistent with conventional practice" and "Use of the comma is inconsistent with conventional practice." Did the Oxford ...
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Use of colon before reasons

If we say something has advantages over something else, should we write ":" before the reasons or not? For example, A has advantages over B: The value of A is more than B and… or A has ...
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The use of “or”, “and” and commas in a sentence where various verbs should be correlated to various subjects

Assume you have a sentence where nk verbs v(1), ..., v(nk) should be correlated to n subjects s(1), ..., s(n), and you would like that, for each i = 0, ..., k-1, v(ni+1), ..., v(ni+k) are correlated ...
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“along with the rest of us” at the end of a sentence

Considering this sentence: They will have to adapt to it along with the rest of us. ... I feel like I want to insert a comma before "along" for emphasis. However, I think it's formally incorrect, ...
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Smileys inside or outside quotation marks?

Should smiley be merged into quotation marks as if it were punctuation? I don't like to "move it, move it ;-)." cf. Did she say "you shall?" Or be kept outside quotation marks, as a word? ...
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Rules for three sets of quotation marks

What rules are there for when you have three sets of quotation marks? “I saw that Julia was really annoyed when Mike answered, “‘Blade Runner,’”” John said. (‘Blade Runner’ in singles. Mike answered ...
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Comma usage in the phrase “Oh my God”

While reading the satirical novel A Confederacy of Dunces, I was struck by the protagonist's habit of expressing his vexation with the phrase "Oh, my God." I don't recall seeing a comma inserted into ...
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Using semicolons to create run-on sentences … what's the deal with semis?

I often see people making sentences quite longer than I'm comfortable with, such as like this: The dog ran, the dog fell, the dog dwelled; the dog didn't wish to be a part of such a place in his ...
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Does a statement such as this require quotation marks?

If a person said something like "Who threw that?" and after getting no reply, he then said "I said who threw that?" How would one punctuate the second sentence? Would it be: I said, "Who threw ...
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Listening multiple possessives and the use of apostrophes [duplicate]

I want to say that 2 or more people all have something like this: John's and Mary's hats. Is this correct or would it have to be: John and Mary's hats.
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Appropriate punctuation for removing letters in offensive words

Letters in offensive words are often removed to make words less offensive, like f----ed, or n-gger. (Though this isn't just for offensive words—see G-d). What is the best typographic punctuation for ...
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Would a comma be needed before, after or both of the word “hopefully” in this sentence?

In the future, I plan to learn to play several more instruments and hopefully become a member of the band.
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“Alan's first birthday” vs. “Alans' first birthday” [closed]

when writing out invitation cards would it be "Alans' first birthday" or "Alan's first birthday"?
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Punctuation use for separating lists between “between” for clarity

What is the best way to punctuate the following two sentences so the reader is not confused? 1) For transfers between station A and shelf B AND processing device and automated stocker, use chain Q. ...
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Figuring out what's wrong with the sentence

I took a quiz given in the BBC magazine. it had the following sentence. The Queen arrived at the castle with the King by her side, in a dress adorned with hand-sewn embroidered dragons. please ...
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When using ellipsis to omit list items, is a comma required after the last item before the ellipsis or not?

Which, if any, format do you consider preferable? "10, 11, 12, ... 19, 20." "Violet, Indigo, ... Orange, Red." -OR- "10, 11, 12 ... 19, 20." "Violet, Indigo ... Orange, Red."
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Punctuation for comparison

How should this sentence be punctuated? The former are dogs, the latter: cats. Or is it: The former are dogs; the latter, cats. Or something else?
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Can one use a question mark after “Please”?

I'm imagining someone importuning another person. For example, if someone asked another person if he or she could come join them on an outing, and when the other person doesn't seem too keen on the ...
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Is there always a comma befor and after a year in a sentence? [duplicate]

What is the correct punctuation of comma usage for this sentence - I began my general studies in June 2010 at OTC in Springfield, Missouri.
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If a sentence ends with a place name that ends with an exclamation mark, what punctuation should follow?

There are a few place names in the world that end with exclamation marks; for example, Westward Ho! and Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!. I suppose there are multiple cases here: If an ordinary statement ...
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Punctuation usage safe practice

Is it acceptable to use an exclamation point after a question mark to emphasize the question?
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Next week, in particular, is my wife(')(,) Liana's(,) show

I was writing an email to my department, and was informing them about an art show my wife was having. So I wrote: Next week, in particular, is my wife Liana's show. But then I realized that I ...
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Should I add punctuation after each in a a list of incomplete sentences?

When writing a list of potentially incomplete sentences, how should I punctuate each item? Daycare Admission Rules: No older than 5 years No younger than 1 year No purple Hair Do I end each with ...
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Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (backtick)

A recent discussion came up in GameDev that suggests that when you are using apostrope for abbreviations, that the correct apostrophe to use when typing is the backtick. On US Keyboards below the ...
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When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? [closed]

When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? Ex. "Linkin Park - In the End" or "Linkin Park – ...
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Can I use two colons in a sentence?

Can I use two colons in a sentence? A typical example would be something like the following: Note: I have substantial experience with the following languages: Python, Java, C++, and Perl. I have ...
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Punctuation in a series of verb phrases

A youngster literally pulls himself up by his bootstraps; finds a hero; establishes a dream; and then goes for it. Is a semicolon the correct punctuation here?
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Is a comma necessary before “for which”?

Is a comma needed in this sentence? Is for which used correctly in this sentence? We define message codes for which security is well defined.