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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Is it “No can do” or “No can't do”?

You know the phrase that's usually said in a sing-song manner? Which is the correct one? I only ever hear it in spoken form, so I'm not sure if I'm mishearing it. Also, is there a comma in this ...
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Proper punctuation for compound sentence with quote that is a question

How should this be properly punctuated? What is the purpose of human existence, or is it meaningless is the question asked by Juan Valdez in "What do coffee pickers with burros think about all day ...
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How to punctuate speech

I am writing speech such as: "There is just one problem" said she "I don't think my friend will like it." What is the correct way of punctuating this? I could put up to three full stops in ...
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Usage of commas and colon in sentence containing lists, and additional clauses

I've used this site to my benefit in the past, and now I have my own question. I have looked through some of the answers (although I admit not every one as I am short on time) and cannot find what I ...
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commas and 'or' going together in a list

a. They did things that were odd, rude or illegal. b. They did things that were odd, rude**, or** illegal. Which of the above means: They did things that were either odd, or rude or illegal. (some ...
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Comma before adverbial participial phrases (reduced adverbial phrases) and participial prepositions

Another tricky comma question that has recently popped up in my line work that I have not been able to resolve to my satisfaction. Apologies it's a bit long, but all parts are related and additional ...
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Use of punctuation of “First,…”

I am uncertain if and how to punctuate if I use only one sentence for the following idea: We conducted two varieties of an experiment. First, we left used method A. Second, we used method B. Can ...
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Punctuation: We promise [that] it's a big deal [duplicate]

I'm editing a marketing campaign. Out loud, one might say, "We promise it's a big deal." I believe there's an unspoken "that" in there: "We promise [that] it's a big deal." Would you punctuate the ...
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“What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.
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Has the request “May I request you to …” to end with a question mark?

May I request you to kindly collect the brief? or May I request you to kindly collect the brief. Which of the above two sentences is correctly punctuated? Added afterwards: This request is ...
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How do you write sentences when referring to sections (of a webpage)?

If my webpage has sections (ex: internal clients, external clients, feedback), how should I be referring to those sections within a sentence? The text would NOT be links (clickable). To view ...
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Comma or period after “No”

Similar question has been asked before; however, I would like to clarify the convention around "No" as I have not been able to find anything conclusive. Does one put a comma or period after "No", ...
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Look and tell me what you see! Is it correct as a sentence? [closed]

Look and tell me what you see. Is it correct as a statement, or should I add quotation marks?
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Do you need to add quotation marks around a name sometimes?

I'm writing a sentence of the sort: There is a place known as Some Name by the XYZ. vs. There is a place known as "Some Name" by the XYZ. Would it be wrong the use qutation marks around ...
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Should I punctuate the transition in a sentence between an independent clause and a descriptive quotation?

When I clicked the button, I got the error "ReferenceError: function is not defined". In this sentence, I am telling somebody that when I click a button in a software application, I get an error. ...
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how to punctuate a sentence [closed]

How should this sentence be punctuated? I've run it past all the online grammar checkers I could find and they seem to think all 4 are acceptable. In my house when the heat is off the pipes freeze. ...
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Singularity and Plurality of The Terms “God,” “god,” and “gods”

I've been studying some of the books of the English versions of the Bible, and have discovered how their uses of the terms, "God," "god," and "gods" should seem slightly perplexing to English readers ...
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Use quotation marks after “that which is called” and similar phrases?

The solution is to foo, producing what is called a bar. or The solution is to foo, producing what is called a "bar". Should I use generally use one over the other; and if so, which one? If ...
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How would write this? [duplicate]

In a list, should it be 'A,' 'B,' 'C,', etc., or 'A', 'B', 'C'? Should commas go inside or outside?
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I know this comma is correct, but why?

I read this on a news website: 'Mr Osbourne wants a golden age in British politics, something that is sorely missed'. Would a semi-colon, a colon or a dash not be much less clunky?
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Is this a comma splice? If not, why? [closed]

It's not important, I just thought you should know. and It's not important, I just thought you would like to know about the phonecall.
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Properly Punctuating a Parenthetical

I have a line in a document "Create New Path" which I would like to change to "Create New Path or Update Old Path?" including the "?" In my correspondence with others they may think I'm asking a ...
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Punctuating a quote of multiple answers

Consider the following: 'The lecturer asked the students a question. A chorus of "yes"es was heard.' I know that the second sentence is incorrectly punctuated, but am not sure how to sort it out. ...
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Should “ya” have an apostrophe? “Doin”? Etc

"How ya doin?" v. "How ya' doin'?" and so on. There's... a debate.
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Does a comma go there?

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not to use a comma in the type of situation shown in the examples below: Jane was concerned that running by herself she might get mugged. Jane ...
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Is this sentence punctuated correctly? (Comma and semicolon) [duplicate]

"Eventually John noticed that it was midnight; we said Happy New Year, then went back to work." I know the semicolon could also be a period. But is the comma necessary?
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A character to indicate a sharp intake of breath

Is there a character in any established alphabet (I couldn't find anything in the IPA) to denote a sharp intake of breath, as if by surprise? I want to include it in a character's name. Initially I ...
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List with a complex item only at the end: semicolons or commas?

So, semicolons should be used to separate items in complex lists. But what if only one item contains a comma and that item is placed at the end of the list? For example: The body incorporated ...
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Using punctuation in quotations in the middle of sentences? [duplicate]

When a question mark appears in a quote, and the quote is at the end of a sentence, the question mark should be inside the quote marks. You ask, "How is this an 'opportunity' for me Jasper?" But ...
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Is this comma correctly used? [closed]

I love to dance and sing, to laugh and play. Is this punctuated correctly? They are dependent clauses and all...
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Comma after nonrestrictive adverbial (dependent) clause at the end of the sentence

I am confused whether comma is required after adverbial (dependent) clauses at the end of the sentence (and the difference, if any, between restrictive and non-restrictive adverbial clauses). The ...
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Using em-dash instead of parentheses and commas [duplicate]

Let's say I have the following sentence: "I didn't like the cake (the cookies were better), but I absolutely hated the egg rolls." Would it be grammatically correct (and colloquially okay, to someone ...
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Standardisation of usage of “…” (ellipsis) [closed]

Normally, ellipsis uses three consecutive dots with no space between the dots and the preceding word. But, at places, I find the ellipsis used in various manners: "He is fond of..." (Three ...
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Interchangeability of “—” (dash) and “:” (colon)

Let me cite two examples, one using "—" (dash) and the other using ":" (colon): John has three sisters — Sita, Mita and Rita. John has three sisters: Sita, Mita and Rita. Grammatically, ...
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Are two question marks correct in a sentence? [duplicate]

Is it technically correct to use two question marks in the sentence below, i.e. one for the quoted question and the other for the overall question? Did she say, "Where's the coffee?"?
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Is the semicolon used properly? [closed]

Is this the correct way to use a semicolon? I sent my samples to UC Berkley; I was not given the opportunity to actually collect data.
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Capitalizing Work Titles — Beyond General Rules

The rule I'm getting is: Capitalize if it comes before the name: Janitor Richard McGill was a fastidious man. Director Campbell slept in the office as McGill the janitor proofread his annual ...
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Comma or No Comma? Workplace and Title [closed]

Anthony Martin, assistant accountant, PwC, and associate editor, Washington Post. The commas above look a little too much. Are they technically all correct? Which would you recommend removed? I ...
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Comma usage; introductory clauses [closed]

In order to, successfully fulfil the aim of the Partial Dispute Act, Section 1019bb DCPR stipulates that there is no direct remedy against a decision in subproceedings. Should the comma after In ...
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Are the periods correctly inserted in these midsentence quotations? [duplicate]

Is it okay to include a period inside the quote marks in these midsentence insertions? Are all sentences below punctuated correctly in this regard — yes or no? Or are these examples of very faulty ...
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What does words in [ ] says? [duplicate]

for example "Everybody [is] joking about him" what does [is] stands for ?
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Why are there multiple kinds of dashes in the English language?

At our writing disposal are a preponderance of short straight lines: Hyphen - En dash – Em dash — minus sign − Horizontal bar ― Figure dash ‒ ...
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Punctuation with the word “also” [closed]

When using the word "also" in a sentence, what punctuation is needed? Example: "Changing to diet sodas and other low calorie drink choices also have students thinking twice about beverage choices."
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When is it correct to use a semicolon before a list or quotation (if at all)?

Although I don't do it myself, I've noticed many people use a semicolon to introduce a quotation, for instance: John said of the event; "it's great to see everyone..." And the other circumstance:...
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Italicizing multiword phrasal adjectives

Can we italicize (instead of hyphenate) long phrasal adjectives as shown below? Instead of: She’s a live-and-let-live kind of girl. This as an alternative? She’s a live and let live kind of girl. ...
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How should a question which quotes a question be punctuated?

Suppose there is a sentence in question form, like the one appearing below: Where do you belong to? Now, if a speaker refers to that question, he will frame another sentence and will place the ...
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non-administrator-level-user privileges or non-administrator level-user privileges? [duplicate]

Please consider the two examples below. Which, technically, without rephrasing, is the correct choice? non-administrator-level-user privileges [Here the four-word compound adjective modifies "...
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Are hyphens absolutely necessary in these dollar amounts and ranges?

Are hyphens absolutely necessary in these dollar amounts and ranges? Do you feel as though they are clear enough and readable without hyphens. I cannot locate an answer in The AP Stylebook or The ...
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Comma after “said”? The sign said “Keep off the grass”

The sign said "Keep off the grass". Questions (1) Comma after "said"? The sign obviously didn't speak, so omit comma? (2) There was no terminal punctuation (full stop) after "grass", so full stop ...
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Obscure sentence

I'd like to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct: Deep perineal pouch is related above to perineal membrane. I'd like to know what is the correct meaning the sentence implies ...