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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Scientific writing: comma after “where” while explaining variables?

I am writing a scientific report. Lets say there is an equation, c = a+b where, a is variable1 b is variable2 Is it needed to put comma after "where" here? Also at the end of the equation, is a ...
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Are the commas placed correctly?

Are these punctuated satisfactorily with the commas? If not, where else would you put them? He said that he didn't want to go, and quite frankly he shouldn't have. We can bill you on our customary ...
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I have another questions regarding hyphens

The Gregg Reference Manual uses this: mid- to late 60s (with a single space after the hyphen, because "mid" is a prefix that requires a hyphen). My question is, if you have a phrase like "low to ...
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Would you insert any hyphens in these?

Are hyphens needed in these? If so, where would you insert them? Joel applied for the assistant store manager position. (Not: assistant-store-manager position, right?) Joel was enrolled in ...
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Is it “midsentence” or “mid-sentence”? Onelook doesn't say

Is it "midsentence" or "mid-sentence"? Onelook doesn't say. Also, is it: mid- to late 50s mid-to-late 50s mid to late 50s I'd say, "mid- to late 50s" because "mid" is a prefix that requires a ...
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Comma after “that” midsentence?

A comma after "that", midsentence, is increasingly common. Consider the examples below. Would you consider the commas after "that" to be correct? If you remove the information set off by commas, the ...
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And so forth, and so on — comma to follow midsentence?

Comma after "and so forth"? He brought potato chips, pudding, and so forth, to the picnic. Comma after "etc."? He brought potato chips, pudding, etc., to the picnic. Thank you.
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Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements

My mother, Theresa; my brother, Frank; and my sister, Danielle, are going to the meeting. (In this sentence I have one mother, one brother, and one sister.) The sentence is cluttered with punctuation, ...
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Do we put a comma before “then” when it's the last word in a sentence?

Do we put a comma before "then" when it's the last word in a sentence? If she goes, I'm not going, then.
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Punctuation before “and” [duplicate]

What would be the proper placement of commas before "and" in this situation? I think that A, B, C and D are useful qualities and will help her complete the assignment.
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How do you punctuate the following [closed]

How would you punctuate this phrase? me personally or my friend Would you put commas around personally?
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Quotation Marks [duplicate]

I'm an American living in the USA. Is it permissible to punctuate thusly, i.e., insert the commas and periods outside the quote marks? • When Joe called me a "schlep", I was offended. • The terms ...
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Superfluous Commas

Despite the advice of style guides (they're just an opinion), would you omit the comma after "New Jersey" in this example as I have done? Please, no recasts. The Elizabeth, New Jersey rock band ...
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Where should I put the comma? Inside or outside the quotation marks? [duplicate]

I need to put a quote in my research paper. My friends give me different answers so I'm confused now... Would it be According to "Title", "blah blah blah." or According to "Title," "blah ...
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How to use however in a contrarian statement that ends with a question? [duplicate]

After making a statement in the prior sentence, I want to make a statement that contradicts it and then asks a question. I want to use however and I want to know to make my contrarian statement. I am ...
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Is there a comma before “so”? What is the correct answer?

What is the correct version: Suddenly the noise stopped, so Dani, the new resident, started feeling uneasy. Suddenly the noise stopped so Dani, the new resident, started feeling uneasy.
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How would you punctuate something like this?

She took a step away from me. Then a second. And a third. Are periods acceptable here?
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“Where should I put the question mark (?)(,)” asked RoDaSm(?)

"Where should I put the question mark(1.?)(,)" asked RoDaSm(2.?) If I place the question mark at the end of the first clause (1.), I should start the second clause with a capital letter and make it a ...
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Comma before the word “as” [duplicate]

This is my sentence: The A & P’s regular customers are depicted as "scared little pigs in a chute." Daily, they live the same monotonous existence. Microsoft word insists that there ...
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Where to put the “+” in “200-word” to mean “200 or more words”?

I wrote this: Write a 200-word essay. However, I need to indicate that it should be at least 200-words. For brevity, I'd like to place "+". I've tried these: 200+-word +200-word 200-word+ ...
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Should I use a comma in this sentence?

I am trying to teach myself punctuation rules. I have this sentence: The Disney version generally considered both racist and sexist portrayed the female characters in stereotypical roles and ...
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Confusion regarding apostrophe [duplicate]

To talk about something or someone, we usually give an apostrophe, like John's pen. If the word ends with s, we say Adams' pen . But what if we are talking of something that ends with an apostrophe s ...
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Comma before “and that” in a compound object

You should have known that he is quite adept at what he does and that he has the best conversion rate. You should have known that he is quite adept at what he does, and that he has the best ...
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Comma in “still is, and will always remain”

Manchester United still is and will always remain a force despite these setbacks. Do I need a comma after is here? I personally don't think so but would like to be sure.
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Comma usage in a series of three [duplicate]

Which is correct comma usage in the following sentence? It is time to shake, rattle , and roll. It is time to shake, rattle and roll.
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Quoting non-contiguous paragraphs [duplicate]

How do I quote two non-contiguous paragraphs from a longer article? I want to be clear that they're non-contiguous, but not have an editorial interlude between them. Here's an example quotation from ...
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Understanding semicolons

I am reading Murray's Microbiology book and thinking what how you understand the use of semicolons: [Mycobacteria cell wall is a complex, lipid-rich.] It is responsible for many of the ...
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Adding a new line to this statement

In the following statement: After confronting Nick about it he said “I have helped you out in the past you owe me for that!”. Should the quoted text be put on a new line and rephrased? This is ...
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Comma after the noun of the Oxford comma?

In a sentence like: Next to apple, pears, and bananas, a lot of other fruit exists. Is the comma after bananas needed, allowed, or forbidden? And why? Is the same true for descriptions with ...
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Where does the period go? [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? Our company has a philosophy that "People Matter". Our company has a philosophy that "People Matter." Does the period go inside the quotes here or outside?
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“All X-related things” / “All things X-related” / “All things X related”?

My French origins (probably?) would have me intuitively write “all X-related things”, but it seems usage favours the construct “all things X-related”, or even without a hyphen: “all things X related” ...
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Place interrogation mark within question with “dashed”-comment

I'm trying to figure out where should I place an iterrogation mark in the sentence below. First, what I want to say: Does X mean X, or does it mean Y? As we talked before about X meaning Y. And ...
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How do you punctuate a conditional question or properly restate it? [closed]

Today someone pointed out that a sentence I had written was incorrect in their eyes. They could not recall any specific rule or reference that explained their point, but it seems interesting enough to ...
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How should the end of a question be punctuated if the last word is an abbr.? [duplicate]

The question itself is an example, but it isn't the best example Have you ever visited D.C.? or Have you ever visited D.C? Both look wrong to me. The former has double punctuation, which is ...
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Would a semicolon be more appropriate here?

For the two sentences below, would a semicolon work better to separate these two sentences? Circle graphs, often called pie charts, are used to represent data with a relatively small number of ...
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Where do I make the pause in this sentence

I am a Catholic monk, in our breviaries, in the English edition, we have a response for the night prayer which goes: "Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit." How do I use this? Is it Into your ...
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The use of commas

My friend wrote me an email with the sentence Would the coming Tuesday at 12:15 be okay for you? I immediately thought there should be a comma, somewhere in the sentence. Well he doesn't ...
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How would you handle ellipsis outside quotation marks?

Would it be: If I had only said, "I love you."... or If I had only said, "I love you"... or even If I had only said, "I love you,"... Basically, the ellipsis would represent someone trailing ...
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What is the correct punctuation of e.g. when used with a single example? [duplicate]

After e.g. do you always put a comma even if the example is only one thing? DO you write e.g., chicken soup or e.g. chicken soup? My question refers explicitly to using just a singular example.
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Comma usage when but is used between two adjective or adverbs

What is the rule regarding comma usage when but is used between two contrasting adjectives or adverbs? It is a vey interesting, but stupid question, and one that I have had a hard time finding a ...
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Usage of brackets for missing or unclear transcription [duplicate]

I have for many year wondered what is missing when I read sentences like David Canton, the Education Department spokesman, stated: “(It) shouldn’t have happened. (C)ommon sense should prevail.” ...
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Can a mid-sentence quote have a comma outside the quotation marks?

I have a sentence such as the one below, and am unsure as to where the commas should go. I, John Doe, the man feared as "the tyrant," guarantee it. In particular, I'm wondering about the comma ...
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Active and passive verb with different prepositions for same object - commas?

I've got a sentence like this: A will impose B on and further be affected by C The two verbs have nothing in common, they both just put A in some relation to C. As C is quite long I don't want ...
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Should there be a comma after “if X”?

Consider the sentences: If you agree with that, could you suggest us some references? If you agree with that could you suggest us some references? Which one is written correctly? Notice ...
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Is a comma before a conjunction optional, or old? (not talking about lists) [duplicate]

I have been corrected several times recently for putting a comma before a conjunction in a sentence (splitting phrases, not items in a list). To each their own style guide, but my understanding was ...
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Pauses and Punctuation

My girlfriend and I were discussing the following sentence: "Curiosity and diversity were discouraged, at times, disciplined." I feel that there is clearly a larger pause with the first comma than ...
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quoting and punctuating a quote within parentheses

How do I make sure to punctuate my quotes within parentheses correctly? For example: Joe did not demonstrate insight into how he might alter his behavior to improve his social interactions (e.g., ...
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What happened to the possessive form, its'? [duplicate]

When I was young, the possessive form of the word, it, required an apostrophe preceded by an S. An example our teacher used, which I've always remembered, was: "It's my work but I am its' property, ...
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How to end one-word sentences like “done”?

How do we end one-word sentences? Should there be a full stop or another punctuation mark? or can I just use it without any punctuation mark? I usually say "Done." in response to emails where I'm ...
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How would you write informal language like this?

"What are you, a saint?" or "What are you? A saint?" Or is there a better way of punctuating this?