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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Punctuation for a list of adjectives or adverbs

Imagine I a have a sentence structure similar to the one below. The boy remained silent—thinking, brooding, plotting his next move. If I didn't want to use an emdash would a comma be okay? I'm ...
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Question about possessive (adj/pron) with additional party [duplicate]

I'm wondering about possessive adj/pronoun and apostrophe S in sentences where you add on additional "possessors". Could anyone give me feedback about whether the following sentences are correct, ...
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Erroneous Commas?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this 'punctuation book' I'm about to refer to offering completely conflicting information in its chapter about Comma usage? On page 63 of 'Webster's New World: ...
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Can anyone tell me if this sentence is correct all around [closed]

Is this sentence punctuation and word usage right? She believed that the client, regardless if it was one client or many clients, is a system.
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Is there such a thing as a sentence sign?

Many of us are familiar with the section sign (§) and the paragraph sign or pilcrow (¶), but is there a sign, symbol, or mark meant to denote a sentence? Potentially, such a mark could be used for ...
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Use of two sets of parentheses, side by side

I have a sentence that uses two sets of parentheses, side by side: Thank you for your letter of October 27, 2015 in which you outlined questions regarding the development of the new Pima Animal ...
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Comma and Semicolon Use when Listing Items [duplicate]

I am trying to list multiple items, but with a specific area they are located in. The perfume had top notes of black currant, luscious strawberry, and sparkling cassis; mid-notes of ginger ...
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Should I use commas before and after the words “I feel” when expressing my opinion?

Here's what I would like to write: My professional experiences as a RN in inpatient acute care settings over 10 years and as an APNP have, I feel, provided me with many skills in the area of patient ...
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Quotation marks for interpreted statements

I interviewed a Spanish speaking individual with the help of a Spanish/English interpreter. I am writing an article about the individual and want to quote him in English. Can I use quotation marks ...
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When putting “etc.” in the middle of a sentence, do you use “etc,” or “etc.,” or “etc.”?

Example: If you forgot your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorent, etc., you will not be allowed to attend. Make sure you bring your fishing pole, tackle, bait, etc. as we will not make any ...
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Grammar with possessive plural [closed]

How do you write "the clients (plural) needs? Is it the clients' needs? Example sentence: "I utilized interpersonal skills to identify the clients' needs." Is this sentence correct?
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What does the word “also” indicate in this sentence?

"It is also my favorite quotation. " Does this sentence mean that this is my favorite quotation in addition to other quotations which are my favorites, or does it mean that I am a person who has this ...
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descriptive paragrapgh

Would we use a question mark or quotations in the following sentence? My mom asked if we were going to carve it for Halloween and I told her no we would use it for Thanksgiving.
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How do I quote nonconsecutive sentences from a lengthy quote?

I am writing a book compiling multiple quotes from various authors. On occasion I do not want to use all of the quote; maybe 2 or 3 lines at the beginning; one in the middle; one in the end. Do I ...
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Should I keep the ellipsis in this sentence?

I was wondering if I am using the ellipsis properly in this sentence. If not, what punctuation should I be using in place of the ellipsis? "This trick proved to be difficult at times because, as ...
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Comma splices in dialogue

At university, it was drilled into us to avoid comma splices like the plague, but I keep seeing them in all different types of famous, best-selling novels. I read things (all in dialogue, in inverted ...
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Am I placing these commas correctly?

My passion, however, is art, and I try to see as many exhibits as possible.
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Punctuation in direct quotation

I have a hard time deciding. Which of the two punctuations is correct? "So what?," you may ask. "So what?" you may ask. Or is there a better way to set the punctuation?
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How do I quote a quote that has quotes in it? [duplicate]

The phrase I have to quote is "Did you never hear of the 'Fountain of Youth?' “. First of all, How do I quote this so people know I'm not stealing their work? The sentence I gave is what someone is ...
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punctuation for “2 point something billion dollar job”

How would you punctuate this: "2 point something billion dollar job"? I'm editing for a court reporter and he says this: "That's not much on a 2 point something billion dollar job." I am unsure ...
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Comma splice rule exception when listing things [duplicate]

I need help with the following sentence that I've encountered on the Wikipedia page titled "Literal and figurative language." His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry... Another ...
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What is the / symbol called?

What is the "/" symbol called? Being a techie, I have heard it called the "forward slash" in the context of unix directories. However, I am now doing technical writing and need to know the actual ...
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Is a comma needed in this construction “who are practically … they're so …”?

The sentence I'm looking at is this: "I pass by two females who are practically leaking sulfur they're so full of demons." I'm thinking that a comma should be inserted between sulfur and they're ...
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“other’s lives” vs. “others’ lives”

I'm not sure which of the following is correct: having an impact on other’s lives having an impact on others’ lives I just can’t figure out how the apostrophe should be used.
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Using punctuation with abbreviations (eg. comma after a state abbrev.)

231 N. Irby Street Florence, S.C., 29501 Is this correct? I just received a box of checks back and the comma looks wrong after S.C.,
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Using colons and semi-colons in dialogue

I've often heard writers say they don't like using colons and semi-colons in dialogue specifically and I don't often see colons and semi-colons in dialogue, but sometimes it just seems like it's by ...
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How to abbreviate a double-barrelled surname?

I have the initials D S-K as I have a double-barrelled surname, and this has always been how I have written them. I was recently reading through The Lord of the Rings, and realised that a character's ...
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Punctuating short quoted speeches

I'm a copywriter editing some text for a client who is a life coach. She has written this sentence which I'm stumped by having to punctuate in Australian English. It explains the excuses people often ...
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Separating dependent clauses and introductory phrases with commas in compound and complex-compound sentences

I know that you are supposed to separate dependent clauses and introductory phrases with a comma if they start the sentence. Examples: If you are ill, you ought to see a doctor. (dependent clause) ...
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Punctuation and italics (by Google Dictionary)

If you type in Google define anaphora, it gives the following definition (original punctuation and style kept): the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to ...
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Why is a 'semi-colon' half a colon? [duplicate]

The word "semi-colon" is used for the symbol ";"; but this is not half of a colon ":": half of a colon would be a full stop ".". So why the usage of the term semi-colon, or half-colon, for a symbol ...
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Punctuation after et. al. [duplicate]

What is the proper way of punctuating the following sentence with period? I found a research paper written by X et. al. In his research, X concluded that... Where X is the name of the researcher. Is ...
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A comma or a dash is suggested to use in this sentence?

"This travel app is a series of guides covering the cultural and alternative side of a city, the side that is almost never covered in conventional guides." Please advise if I need to use a dash or a ...
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Sentences referring to questions – do they need question-marks?

Like this: She hated the charity, but Tom would just shrug it off and tell her if people didn’t help each other out now and then, what good was living?
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Are punctuations ignored in movie titles? [closed]

There happen to be many movies which are not punctuated correctly. Since English is not my native language, I don't know whether punctuation usage in movie titles is just like punctuation usage for ...
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Should a comma be used in “[…] other, more experienced teachers.”?

I am writing a cover letter for a job application. The full sentence is I realise I have a lot to learn, which is why I am looking for a place where I will have the opportunity to work closely ...
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Should it be: “each other's belongings” or “each others' belongings”? [duplicate]

In this sentence: I'm proud we're not one of those couples who have to snoop through each other's belongings. Is the above correct? Or should it be "each others' belongings"? Can you ever say ...
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When is there no comma after “he says”?

Having read style guides thoroughly, I am still a little confused about when you don't need a comma after "He says". I thought you always did? E.g. He said, "No, I'm not ready." But sometimes I see ...
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When do you put a full-stop after an ellipsis and are they used in reality in novels?

In some style guides, I see this mention of putting a full-stop after an ellipsis when you are stopping the paused sentence and going onto another new sentence, but when reading several very ...
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How to punctuate words we reference from other sources or that we think or say inwardly [closed]

I've read a few punctuation guides but am still having a very hard time differentiating between when inverted commas should be used over italics for certain words we reference but do not actually say ...
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How to punctuate two quotes within a sentence

Should I put a period at the end of the first quote within this sentence? We often hear, "That's not me." or "I wasn't raised that way." OR should it read: "That's not me" or "I wasn't ...
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Long dashes between sentences

In Ludwig Wittgenstein's writings, I often see long dashes (both em-dash, and one even longer, shown in red circles). I can sense (at least I believe I do—perhaps, from the writer's point of view, the ...
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Use of commas when writing date range in a sentence

Should there be commas after 2014 in the following sentence: "From June 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015, there were 40 accidents on one stretch of road."?
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Punctuation in verb + but + verb + and + verb structure

In a sentence A homophone has the same pronunciation as another word but differs in meaning and may differ in spelling. is comma before and mandatory or optional? P.S. Perhaps different style ...
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What should be used for additional information? Comma or Semi-colon?

Which of the following is correct? My family is part of the Miami tribe; a Native American people with strong ties to territory in present-day Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. OR My family is ...
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I like X, from the … ,to the … . punctuation help

If I were to make a statement that describes attributes of something across a range such as: What I find great about apples are the variety of colours, from the sweet red ones, to the sour green ...
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Comma after “Using this” and “For this case”

I am a bit confused about using (or not) the comma in the following sentences: Using Lemma 1, we can claim that... For/in the first case, we can use... Please I need to understand the rule ...
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Usage of commas around book and poem titles [duplicate]

My English textbook, Understanding Literature, is boring. My English textbook Understanding Literature is boring. Robert Frost's poem, Mending Wall, is hard to understand. Robert Frost's poem Mending ...
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Ending a sentence with abbreviation and ellipses

When using an abbreviation at the end of a sentence, such as "etc." and a ellipses, would you use three or four periods?
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Which punctuation mark should be used here?

With those two possible values : 0 and 1, for each of the seven bits, there is a total of 128 characters that can be used in the ASCII encoding scheme. What punctuation mark should the ":" be ...