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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Problem with comma usage [closed]

Are the uses of commas correct? Or should I use semicolon instead. I don't think this sentence is grammatically correct, esp. the part in bold. The term Holon is the combination of Greek word “...
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Using question mark in a question

I reproduce below a question: "Which of the following is correct: 1. If you so desire, you may download the content. 2. You may download the content, if you so desire." The question should take ...
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Punctuation for sentence ending in quotation marks and a Question mark that is part of a title [duplicate]

What is the correct punctuation for a sentence which has quotations with a question mark as part of the title and the title is the end of the sentence? Dr. Spencer Johnson discussed the principle ...
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Toll Free or Toll-Free on business cards and letterheads [closed]

Which is correct for business card and letterhead: Toll Free: (800) 000-0000 Toll-Free: (800) 000-000 Toll free: (800) 000-0000 Toll-free: (800) 000-0000
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Use of full stop after closing inverted comma, when the sentence enclosed with inverted commas has a full stop at the end

Suppose I am writing a sentence. The sentence has a sentence in inverted commas. After the closing inverted comma appears, the main sentence also ends. As the main sentence ends, there will a full ...
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Is it ever correct to omit periods at the ends of paragraphs?

I encountered this claim from a user on cooking who seems to consistently remove periods at the ends of paragraphs: Never use them. They have no place on electronic media, they are a legacy device?...
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Can 'or' have a comma before it if it starts a dependent clause?

For example, is All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone, or in this case, be pushed out of it. or All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone or in this case, be pushed out of it....
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AE/Scientific language: When to use a comma before “which”

I'm struggling with the question whether to put a comma before "which" in many instances. While the general rule is "if the content after which is necessary to understand the rest of the sentence, put ...
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Use of colon or other options?

A student had this sentence in her paper, and I think it is wrong: Breakfast or sleep: that is the question. I think this would be correct: Breakfast or sleep? That is the question. Are ...
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Should there be a comma before if in this sentence: is if a restrictive element?

"Smallpox may be transmitted by the air in enclosed settings such as buildings, buses, and trains if it carries the virus."
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Is a comma needed after following in this sentence?

"Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980 following a global immunization campaign."
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“Both win in this case, the students […] and science…” is the sentence incorrect?

I am unsure regarding this usage of 'both'. A friend of mine told me it is not correct. Both win in this case, the students who learned a new technique and science with more replications. Could ...
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introducing, picking up, or influencing the lifespan of [,] discourse referents (last comma necessary?)

Is this comma (last one of the phrase in the bold) mistakenly left in? I don't think it is needed there because the last element of the parallel structure is 'influencing the lifespan of discourse ...
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Why is “forward slash” not spelled “forwardslash”?

The phrase "forward slash" contains a space, while its equivalent "backslash" does not. This seems inconsistent; should "forwardslash" not be a valid word? From Wikipedia I discovered that slash, ...
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Punctuation for delineating two adjectives

Given the following: A “one true arbiter of goodness and badness” would conveniently render the subjective objective instantly. Should "subjective" and "objective" be delineated by any ...
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Is it improper to use a colon and then another colon in the same sentence?

Can you use more than one colon in a row? Examples: He follows one moral maxim: the Golden Rule: treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. Jane lives in an one-story house: a ...
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Should a comma be used after although?

When is a comma after although correct and when it is incorrect? Which of these two sentences is correct? "This could work as a great topic for a book, although I could also use it as a topic for a ...
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What does it mean when someone uses two periods? [duplicate]

In past communications with non-native English speakers, I occasionally see the use of two periods. Some examples: Ok.. let's meet soon. Sounds good.. Thursday Meeting.. This seems to ...
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Same speaker, multiple paragraphs, interrupted by narration

I know that if Alice talks for more than one paragraph, I should only close the quotation marks at the end of the last paragraph. "Blah blah blah. "Blah blah." I also know that if there's ...
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How should a multiple-word noun be punctuated within a compound adjective?

I would like to use a noun made of multiple words (like particle board, Mount Everest, or windscreen wiper) in a compound adjective with a hyphen. But I don't know how to hyphenate such a composition....
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Should I place a comma here—and if so, why?

In the following sentence, should I include a comma after "acquiring"—and if so, why? German residents who agree to declare that they possess, or have begun the process of acquiring**,** ...
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How do you punctuate items in a series after a colon when the items are independent clauses?

A sometimes online sparring partner of mine recently wrote: Men (as opposed to women) have had a purpose that should serve us well should this new transhuman world ever actually materialize: We ...
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Two grammatically correct, similar sentences with different meanings?

I have been given a brain teaser that asks to choose the properly formatted version of the following sentence: The road runs beside the red houses and the green house and town houses are nearby. ...
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How should one punctuate a bulleted list in the middle of a sentence, not at the end?

There have been many posts about the proper way to punctuate bulleted lists, but I have not found any that specifically deal with how to punctuate such lists when they appear within a sentence instead ...
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“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?

She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass. My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't ...
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What is the function of the comma between the two names in the newspaper headline below? [duplicate]

I am really confused about the use of the comma between the two names starting the newspaper headline below. And, is there any kind of ellipsis ? " Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs ...
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Understanding these quotation marks

Eggleston’s appearance coincides with a moment when courts and Republicans have heightened their criticisms of White House legal actions. Eggleston’s appearance put him in the rare position of a ...
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em dash in this sentence, is it used as an alternative for comma (,) esp in this sentence?

This is especially important for writers who are non-native English speakers—try to find native English speakers to review your writing.
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adjective-noun-adjective-noun

What is the correct punctuation of something like "constant factor competitive algorithm"? This is a term that frequently appears in computer science articles, and I have seen it written in multiple ...
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The use of apostrophes when there is no clear owner [closed]

Is this sentence correct and if so/not, why? The cyclist's average speed is less than that of a car's.
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Ellipsis in a title

When an ellipsis is used in a title such as 'How to love your dog... A kid's Guide to dog care, is it just used for suspense or is there a grammatical reason which I haven't found out yet? Trying to ...
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Apostrophes on house signs

I see signs in front of houses like "The Johnson's" or "The Wilson's". Can that be correct?
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Alzheimer disease or Alzheimer's disease?

What is the proper spelling: Alzheimer or Alzheimer's Disease?
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Compound Modifiers and Hyphens [duplicate]

Would you say "case-study-rich presentation" or "case study-rich presentation"?
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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 lily,...
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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 stops....
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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 ...