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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Why is the sentence “She sighed, and began whispering again” grammatically incorrect?

That's a line from a Twilight book. It's a grammar mistake pointed out by this website. She sighed, and began whispering again. I don't see anything wrong with it. Is the comma the mistake?
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Punctuating Adverbial Speech Descriptors

This may have already been covered somewhere, though I can't find it, but I'd always thought that adverbs qualifying, describing, modifying the verb in speech delivery, required a comma before the ...
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The grammar restriction of dash and parentheses

This is a follow-up to my previous question. The answerer mentioned that when parentheses are used for inserting contents in a sentence, the grammar flexibility is assumed to be higher. If that is ...
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em-dash and comma, which comes first

I am confused about the preferred way to combine an em-dash insertion with a comma occurring in the outer sentence. Until now, I had preferred to write: The erosion responsible for residuals is ...
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Why do users from India make these particular punctuation and capitalization errors? [closed]

Many users from India are now using the Stack Exchange sites and I see a common set of errors: Spaces before punctuation: *where is this going ? No space at all around punctuation *This is one ...
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Usage of 'in in' in a sentence

Is punctuation required between the repeated in's? "...users who are still active yet haven't logged in in more than x days..."
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Constructing long and detailed sentences, and the correct use of punctuation

I've had a browse of some of the questions here on commas and can't see if this has been asked. I have been fastidious about my punctuation and grammar, but find the advent of online social networking ...
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What is to use commas and apostrophes?

"Halloween: the one day where we encourage children to accept candy from strangers, go to strangers' homes, and vandalize property and terrorize people if they don't get their own way." Original ...
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acronym/initialism ending in an S [duplicate]

The initialism is 'MSS' (meaning Market Sector Specialist). At present our house style guide does not specify that there should be full stops between each letter. List of problems: Should I ...
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Why must you capitalize the first word of a sentence? [closed]

My suspicion is it provides more visual indication that a new sentence is starting, but it bothers me because I think a period / exclamation / question mark seems sufficient to me. Plus, if a proper ...
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sentence fragment with colon

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21588388-georgias-governor-faces-ethics-questions-not-first-time-raw-deal ...., he has two options: accept the charges or rebut them. Is the sentence ...
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em dash followed by a comma [duplicate]

I have three cars — blue, red, and green — , two motorcycles, and four bicycles. Is this a correct use of comma after an em-dash? It seems quite weird. How should I use an em-dash and ...
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Yet, I or Yet I,?

Which is grammatically correct? Yet I, and my peers, have lots things... or Yet, I, and my peers, have lots of things...
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Can I use a colon twice in one sentence?

Can I use a colon twice in a sentence. For example, 'These are hugely important factors for S. Oliver Canada as we’re dealing with a brand: 1) that is unknown in our market and: 2) that is known for ...
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I am wondering: Is this a proper way to use a colon? [duplicate]

When sending sending formal emails that ask a question to the recipient, I often find myself writing something like the following: I was wondering if _____. The problem with this is that this ...
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dash non-restrictive element in the middle of a sentence

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21588069-scientific-research-has-changed-world-now-it-needs-change-itself-how-science-goes-wrong Even when flawed research does not put people’s lives at ...
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How to punctuate math fractions?

I was doing the Writing and interpreting decimals exercise on Khan Academy and was asked the following question: What is nine and three hundred two thousandths in numerical form? I read it as ...
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Does the name of an addressee's house need to go in inverted commas on the envelope?

If someone lives at a house called 'Dunroamin' or 'Rose Cottage', or 'The Pig Sty', do you put it in inverted commas in the address on the envelope? e.g. do I write: Mr & Mrs J. Percival, ...
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What's the proper way to refer to the form of a word that's improperly punctuated?

Example sentence: The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn My dilemma: I would like to convey to the writer of the example sentence that the word Adventure's, in its current _____ form, is ...
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Punctuation of a list within a list

I'm trying to form a list like the following: I'm interested in new technologies such as web development using various javascript packages including: node.js;meteor.js;backbone.js, contributing to ...
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Why is this comma usage incorrect?

I know that this sentence is grammatically incorrect, and I know of a few ways to fix the problem, but I don't actually know why it's incorrect and that bothers me. Climate change is a biological ...
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Can I write a comma followed by an em-dash?

We have in an 1858 court case: "A curious doctrine this,—a singular kind of subtraction,—to subtract crime from crime, and there remains nothing but innocence." It appears that we are no longer ...
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Punctuations with relative pronouns

Sogou is a Chinese search engine, which can search text, images, music and maps. Is a comma required before "which" in the above sentence?
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Comma usage in list

Are the commas in the following sentence correct? At the bottom, you can find more quick links to the Charity Commission, and Haringey, Waltham Forest and Enfield council websites.
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Is an en dash before 'which' proper punctuation?

In this sentence In conclusion, the reading claims that minimum wage is harmful to the companies, which the lecturer contradicts by providing three points –which form a compelling argument, to ...
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Punctuation issues with relative pronouns

Is it allowed to replace the highlighted words in the following sentence with a comma? This is the book which was stolen by Taro. This is the book, stolen by Taro.
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How to punctuate “A and B and C” properly if “B and C” form a set

Given that "A" is one set and "B" and "C" are another set, how should the following phrase be punctuated correctly? A and B and C
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Difference between using a “-” and a “,” in a sentence

I have noticed that some native english speakers use the "-" sign to explain some additional things in a sentence: eg Sophie is going to the shop - which happened to be around the corner - to ...
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Is this correct punctuation for the sentence? [closed]

Is this correct punctuation for the sentence? I called it the,"Witch's tree."
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Typographical symbol to indicate page

There are many typographical symbols, for example: The pilcrow (¶) is used for paragraphs. The asterisk, dagger and double dagger (*,†,‡) for footnotes. The hurricane (§) for sections. Is there ...
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What kind of punctuation should I use to embed a question in another sentence?

How should I punctuate this sentence? It seem that I should somehow distinguish the question part of the sentence from the main part of the sentence. If I didn't know the answer, I would first ...
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How to punctuate a range of hyphenated numbers? [duplicate]

What is the best way to punctuate a range of hyphenated numbers, e.g., sections 12-3 through 12-7? EDIT: Just to reply to those who marked this as a duplicate, I really fail to see how the post that ...
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Do I need to use a comma before 'but' where the subject is not immediate?

For example, "This doesn't cause any crash but later it can cause unknown memory-crashes." I see here that the subject 'it' is not immediately after 'but'. Do I still need to use a comma before ...
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is this an example of the oxford comma? if not, why?

"I'm a self-employed, nerdy queer girl." Is that an oxford comma that's omitted, or something else entirely? If it's something else that's omitted, what is it? Why doesn't the oxford comma apply?
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The use of hyphen in consecutive compounds [duplicate]

I am not that punctuation-savy, so I have one question for my research title. Currently it is Social crowdfunding: individual- and project-related determinants of success. Empirical ...
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Orthography of definite-article contractions in the Yorkshire dialect

In the Yorkshire accent the definite article is shortened to just t. E.g. 'I went on the bus' becomes something that sounds like 'I went ont bus'. How does one punctuate this? Is it 'I went on t'bus', ...
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Where to put the periods: full parenthetical sentence at end of sentence? [duplicate]

I already know where to put the period when there is a note in parentheses at the end of a sentence. However, I would like to know what to do in the case where there is a full sentence, or multiple ...
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can we use 2 “ 's” in a sentence like this?

I wonder if this sentence is rightly or wrongly punctuated : 'It's "How I Met Your Mother" 's time'.
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Commas After Conditionals

It seems to me that commas for conditionals are falling out of favor. I often see the comma dropped in sentences like: If you get stuck in a passive sentence always ask the question: I would ...
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Comma in “new, difficult role”

I was told to remove the comma when I wrote: He resigned from his job and took on the new, difficult role. Is this comma optional? Or is putting it up there wrong? As I understand, if the two ...
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Following a listing and ellipses … How should this sentence be punctuated?

I'm trying to puncuate this sentence, and am not sure if I should use ellipses or an em dash, or simply put a period after the fragment and start a new sentence with "No one." Job loss, major ...
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What punctuation should I use in the following case?

Eri thought if there were little people living in it, they would be experiencing earthquakes all the time. Or maybe, they would have been so used to the movement that they'd no longer feel it. ...
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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

This is my first question on this stack exchange. I'm hoping this kind of question is welcome here, and excuse my ignorance, but my confusion evident below is exactly why I am a Software Engineer ...
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Adding “’s” when the name ends with “s”? [duplicate]

Example 1: Peter’s bag Example 2: Chris’s car Is example 2 correct? If not, what is the rule for names that end with “s”?
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How is this not a run-on sentence?

Although short sentences tend to be dismissed as amateur or juvenile, there are times when short sentences work well, when a work can even demand such a style. I come across sentences like this ...
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Omitting commas in brief statements

In a brief exhortation followed by the name of a sports team, such as "Let's go, Dodgers!" or "Go, Phillies!" is it ever appropriate to omit the comma?
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Punctuation mark for the odd, weird or unusual [closed]

I have been writing a game monography where I put together the analysis of several computer games. In order to help readers, I decided to use some punctuation marks to bring their attention to ...
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ambiguity in understanding

I have some confusion on punctuations such as , ; and conjuctions such as "and", "but" in framing the sentences. In the above sentence, I used the conjunction and to denote that I have doubts on ...
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punctuation when abbreviation at the end [duplicate]

It's about using the right punctuation when abbreviation is used at the end of sentence. It has been asked here when the sentence is a question: How to deal with abbreviations at the end of a ...
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What does this old mark mean?

Now banish the pathetic。 from public discourses, and you reduce the speakers merely to modern eloquence; that is, to good sense, delivered in proper expression. Hume, On Eloquence There are ...