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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Can we eliminate the hyphens in these job descriptions? [closed]

Can I eliminate every single hyphen in the examples below? Or do they add readability? Joe said, "He applied for the assistant-store-manager-trainee position." Luella said, "Victor was assigned to ...
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Do we capitalize job titles after a person's name? [duplicate]

Should professional, occupational and official titles be capped after a person's name? Mike McCormack, Human Resources Director for the XYZ corporation, resigned on Friday. If we use the definite ...
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Comma before “respectively” — Is it needed? [duplicate]

Is the comma before "respectively" needed when "respectively" is the last word in a sentence? Garry, Michael and John scored 10, 26 and 18 points, respectively.
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Are the apostrophe placements correct in every example? [duplicate]

Are the apostrophe placements correct in every example? • two weeks' vacation • four days' personal time • three months' sabbatical time • ten nights' accommodations • three hours' sleep • eight ...
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Commas that are sentence flow-stoppers … Can I leave them out?

Is it acceptable in BrE to omit the commas (as I've done below) after 2006, 1946, France, Texas and New York? To me, commas after each serve no purpose: they reduce the flow of the sentence. • The ...
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L.A. vs NYC (punctuation)

After researching the internet for a while now, I am still not sure whether it is true that one abbreviates Los Angeles by L.A. but New York City by NYC. Is that true, if so, why the different ...
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Where do the commas and full stops go? [duplicate]

Do you agree with the punctuation in these examples? I'm using BrE style here. I like his sentence 'Be good to yourself and respect your elders.' (I say that the full stop goes inside the quote ...
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Units of Measurement Part II — Hours, Minutes and Seconds [closed]

Again, I prefer the brevity and concision of these examples. It was a 2hr 3min 4sec marathon. (Is this correct if we opted to abbreviate?) The Guardian and the BBC use this so I'm assuming it's okay. ...
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Comma in “The key objective is X, with the broader goal of Y”

The key objective of the declaration is to create guidelines, with the broader goal of facilitating international mobility of students. Are there any rules that govern the placement or ...
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The Swung Dash ~ Has Anybody Heard of It?

​Has anybody ever heard of the swung dash? Friends tell me that this is being used by writers in lieu of the dash. See examples below. Has anybody ever seen this usage? If so, is it new? You are the ...
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Is a comma still required between “said” and a quote if no one actually says anything?

For example He gave me a look that said "Don't you dare." Should a comma still be placed after said?
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In my example, can I use a comma before the word “thus”?

Graph 4 improves Graph 3 because it shows potentially similar outliers that occur at each birthday, thus this represents our best range of x.
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Associated Press Style with Monetary Ranges (Your Interpretation) [duplicate]

The AP Stylebook's FAQ accepts "a 30 to 35 percent a year increase" and "a 10-20 percent a year increase in revenues", one with the word "to" in the numerical range, and one with a hyphen. They also ...
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Single Quote Marks to Denote Plurals of Letters and Words [duplicate]

I heard that the plurals of letters, numbers and words could be punctuated - with single quote marks on both sides - in this manner (especially in Britain): 'X's 'd's '5's 'thank-you's 'maybe's ...
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Fragmented Quotes and Bracketed Ellipses

I had a question about the use of the bracketed ellipses with fragmented quotes. Below is an example from CMOS 16. Please refer to it. My question is at the bottom of this thread. I'm hoping you ...
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Punctuation of a question that ends with a statement

How would you punctuate this question, which ends as a statement: Where is Mom I need to talk to her
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Punctuation of “But you know, Bob, you, too, played an important role”

But you know, Bob, you, too, played an important role. Is this actually how one would punctuate this sentence? Given how commas work, I think this is correct, but it looks very bizarre.
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What is the proper hyphenation of “and a half” in the context of age? [duplicate]

I'm trying to write "3 and a half year old," as in, "He is a 3 and a half year old dog". I know a hyphen or two is supposed to go in there somewhere. Per Ways to write "2000 year old" , ...
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Placement of full stops and inverted commas (not a duplicate, per se)

Do you agree with my rationale below? This is with regard to British punctuation. The specificity of this particular question has not previously been posted. 'I need to visit the mall', said Aunt ...
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What are reasons to omit quotation marks in dialogue?

While writing a short memoir for a college course, I wrote the dialogue without quotation marks, the biggest reason being that I do not like how clunky it looks in Times New Roman. I do not mind it ...
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Is this sentence grammatical and punctuated correctly?

Does this sentence need to be broken up by a semi colon, conjuction, or a period? Is there a modifier error here as well? The peasants were the least free of all people, bound by tradition and ...
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Single Markers Used For Punctuation of Plurals

May I punctuate letters-as-letters and words-as-words in this manner (in lieu of italics)? The professor said that Joel used too many 'why's, 'like's, and 'whereas's in his essay. If we're using ...
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Would “mid-to-late” and “low-to-mid” hyphenated as compound modifiers?

Would "mid-to-late" and "low-to-mid" be hyphenated as compound modifiers? Examples: Temperatures are expected to be in the low-to-mid 60s. Joe, I think, is in his mid-to-late 80s. He was in his ...
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How would you punctuation this sentence?

How would you punctuate this sentence? If someone gives you a hard time about ending a sentence with a preposition, feel free to respond to the criticism, as Winston Churchill, according to ...
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A sentence with too many commas [closed]

Can someone please explain the following sentence? This perspective provides a primarily pragmatic justification, therefore, for confidentiality, in that any perceived limitations to, or ...
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Em-dash vs colon: “Remind me: what's your name again?” or “Remind me—what's your name again?”

I have a sentence (and other sentences like it) in which I'm not sure what punctuation to use. Remind me—what's your name again? Remind me: what's your name again? Or is there something else ...
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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.