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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Does the following sentence need a comma before the word “and”?

"It’s like in this time, in this age, people aren’t stressing the importance of grammar usage enough and it enrages me to no end." With the addition of a comma in front of "and", is the ...
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I need help with commas

I'm not sure if the comma before the word "and" is properly used in the sentence below this paragraph. I believe a comma is not needed because the second clause is a subordinate clause, but I am not ...
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indefinite articles before adjectives [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically and lexically correct? 'For me, foreign language is the stem of a teaching and translating career'
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Semicolon or Comma? SAT Practice

Walker was not only a trailblazer in the medical field; she was also a relentless visionary. Or Walker was not only a trailblazer in the medical field, she was also a relentless visionary.
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Use of a hyphen when using a noun as an adjective

In my academic work (physics), I often use a noun as an adjective, and this seems to be a common practise to avoid long sentences. For instance sphere packing stands for packing made of spheres. Is ...
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Comma Placement: “From x to y and z”

While writing an essay the other day, I was curious about how to correctly phrase a sentence such as the one below: "From dogs, to cats and fish, owning a pet can allow for a multitude of mental, ...
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Essential or nonessential sentence element?

He looked at the skies fully saturated with blue paint. or He looked at the skies, fully saturated with blue paint. Is "fully saturated with blue paint" here an essential or nonessential ...
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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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Should I use comma or colon?

What punctuation is preferable in the sentence below? Complex sentences have two clauses, one main (or independent) and one subordinate (or dependent). Complex sentences have two clauses: ...
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Punctuations and Closing Quotation Mark

I prefer placing punctuation next to the closing quotation mark like this: I'm watching "Titanic". However, when there is already a punctuation within the quote, is it right to add another ...
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How should terminal punctuation work when quoting a Hebrew snippet in English text?

In American English, full stops (periods) and commas are always typeset within quotation marks (that is, before the closing quotation mark). Does this rule still apply when the quoted matter is in a ...
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A period between an abbreviation and other punctuation? [duplicate]

What rules apply to punctuation for an abbreviation, such as "etc," where another punctuation character follows? My question is a perfect illustration of itself! That is, should I say << such ...
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When are commas not necessary in a list?

Can somebody please help me by explaining or providing a reference which explains the punctuation in the following sentences. We prefer no article when we are thinking about unlimited numbers or ...
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How to Punctuate Two Quoted Independent Clauses Within a Declarative Sentence

I'm wondering the best way to punctuate and/or format this sentence, especially the part concerning subjunctive case, in which two examples are put in quotes: In this book, I kept finding irregular ...
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I need to know why a hyphen was used in this sentence

I just found this sentence from the book I am reading now. "The revelation reminded of Stacey J., a would-be assassin I know well." I think I got a nuance, but I need some logical explanation of the ...
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Period usage when abbreviating at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

Regarding the following expression, we can realize that the period character is of dual functionality in its nature: partly denoting the abbreviation, partly being used to end the sentence. I like ...
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Should there be any punctuation marks in this sentence?

other than full stop. The sentence is "Sample B must be isolated." Is it missing a comma or a hyphen between the words Sample and B?
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Why is comma used here?

It's a sentence from Bartleby, the Scrivener. He lives, then, on ginger-nuts...he must be a vegetarian then; but no; he never eats even vegetables, he eats nothing but ginger-nuts. What I ...
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use of full stop at the end of incomplete sentence fragment?

Fifty one thousand square miles area. A hundred and fifty six million people. A thousand dollars or less average annual earning per person. Is it ok to use these full stops at the end of these ...
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Brothers everywhere, raise… or Brothers, everywhere raise…?

In the song "Warriors of the World United," how should one punctuate the following sentence? Brothers everywhere, raise your hands into the air! or Brothers, everywhere raise your hands into ...
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Listing options [closed]

How could the following list be improved: You must either; a) signup for x, or b) signup for y, or c) pay for z.
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Comma between No and seriously? [duplicate]

When writing a message like " Do not disturb!" and adding "No seriously!" is it correct to put a comma between the two words?
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Comma preceding “but”

Consider this sentence: "Hamlet is presented with the opportunity to kill Claudius when he sees him in the chapel BUT decides against it." My question is, should I insert a comma before the "but?"
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Using “which” without a comma

This is a follow up from this discussion. I am a patent attorney and some standard sentences that we use include this: The above-recited and other advantages and features of the disclosure will ...
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Which punctuation is correct in this case (colon, semicolon, or period)?

Inside the alley I found myself cornered by unpleasant sights: walls covered with cracks and peeling paint, storm drains clogged with moss, dumpsters overflowing with bags, cans, and rotten ...
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Adding a period to finish a non-sentence

I am curious about whether I should end non-sentences (or very elliptical sentences, if you will) with a period. For example, I am writing some documentation for some computer code. In this usually I ...
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I'm writing a book and am wondering what punctuation is invalid for such “statement”?

I can't give you the details of the book because I'm currently writing it and it's not something I'd like to discuss. But I'll give you the paragraph here. ONE moment. That’s all it takes for ...
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Capital or lowercase letter after a formula?

Often when creating reports for labs or something like that I find myself writing something like: Question is: As the formula is often on its own line, once I say "(...) where e (...)" should the ...
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Before or After?

When you write a sentence dealing with punctuation; e.g. "My sister is 5'5" tall." If I wanted to ended the sentence at 5" does the comma or period go before or after the quotes? Thank you for your ...
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Standard regarding punctuation in headlines? [duplicate]

What is the standard regarding punctuation in headlines?
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How to punctuate a sentence ending in a code block on Stack Exchange

A lot of time when I'm writing a Programming Puzzles & Code Golf challenge, I need to incorporate multiline blocks of code like this into my sentences. Many times, it's simplest to have them ...
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Numerate versus Enumerate [closed]

I am not a native speaker. I am writing a technical report and I should numerate/enumerate several equations in the entire document. Thus, is there any difference in using Numerate or Enumerate as ...
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Comma before which

I'm not sure which of the following sentences is correct. Is the comma mandatory, optional or unnecessary? I've googled a bit about this topic, but I got confused. Our mapping contains 2000 words, ...
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Tomorrow then. let's see what happens [closed]

Tomorrow then. Let's see what happens. How would this be punctuated?
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Ellipsis followed by another statement - Is it still correct English/use of punctuation?

In transcripts (mainly screenplays/dialogue scripts and some web pages), I see the following: "You could try to do this... or that." CHARACTER gestures at the alternate choice; a big red ...
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How to punctuate “from [this is a list] to [this is a list]”?

Here is an example of my specific sentence and a few idea's I've come up with. I experienced art in a variety of mediums, ranging from the traditional—gallery art and theater—to the ...
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If you want to have a series within an opening dependent clause, how should it be punctuated?

Perhaps it is because of my computer programming background, but it seems to me that there should be no internal commas in opening dependent clauses. The following sentence is a relatively simple ...
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Comma before where when the clause is at the end of the sentence

Please tell me if I should place a comma before the word where in the two sentences below. I would like to work for you since I’m interested in working in a leading international school with ...
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Are there certain rules when punctuations i.e. period, exclamation, and question mark can be placed inside or outside the quote, or both? [duplicate]

Which of these sentences are using the proper usage of punctuation? Nicolo said, "I'll let you know if anything changes." Nicolo said, "I'll let you know if anything changes". Nicolo ...
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Starting a chapter with ellipsis

Say there's a chapter with a title that ends in an ellipsis and then continued from there in the body text, like so: DON'T HURT ANIMALS... ...or kill them for that matter. Blah blah blah. In cases ...
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On correct using of dash

Which one of the following is more appropriate? ...offers scope for the theoretical integration of teaching, learning, and development with the culturally new user-generated and mediated contexts. ...
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Are commas and dashes truly interchangeable?

My English teacher told me that "dashes and commas are interchangeable". For instance, "My friend, Alex, ran to the store." and, "My friend–Alex–ran to the store." are both grammatically ...
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How to use question marks in quotations? [duplicate]

My specific problem right now is whether to use "What time is it?" she asked. Or "What time is it," she asked. Or something else. But I find myself having issues with punctuation and ...
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Using colon, list and parentheses

This is an interesting structure: it has a colon, it's a list, and it boasts parentheses too. But I have doubts about the structure; is the second sentence below grammatically right? Do you have ...
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Is a semicolon the right punctuation in this sentence?

This is for a cover letter. Please help! "I speak Spanish; I have a working familiarity with French and I am currently teaching myself Arabic."
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There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, … what will be left of you?

There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, but if you fix everything, what will be left of you? Are there any mistakes in that sentence? It doesn't seem that bad, but I don't know if ...
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Is this proper English: “I am student”? [closed]

So, I have a debate with my associate. We are debating whether one can say something like "I am student." It was argued that this was proper and that indeed you can use a verb followed by a noun ...
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Is this use of the dash correct?

"But--" Boris tapped his pocket-- "your hotel." Is this use of dashes correct? Donna Tart uses this construction all the time. The speaker is interrupted with a dash, then the narrator is interrupted ...
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M-dash and emphasize

I love to emphasize. Here I'm emphasizing "determination." Is it the right way to do it? "If one word can sum up his career, it is determination—determination to fight back and do the impossible."
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Grammatically, comma or period after “no problem”, “sure”, “okay” and the like

Grammatically, do we put a comma or period after the phrases / words like "no problem", "sure", "okay", and the like, when responding to a request, or there is no grammatical rule and this is purely a ...