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 rules for user interface

Should you put a period at the end of a disclaimer message which consists of two sentences? Diclaimer: "The trial period has expired! This service does no longer run on your computer"
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Comma or not? Question or Period?

Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
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Should I use a period at the end of a headline?

I am working on copywriting for my website, and am wondering whether or not I should use periods at the end of my headlines. The headlines will probably be used both as headlines for news articles, ...
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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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Breaking a sentence over multiple paragraphs

I want to break a sentence into multiple paragraphs. This is a simple example: As the clock ticks down to the finish, only time will tell if Captain Bob — Slubgob, the alien explorer ...
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Comma after a coordinating conjunction preceding a parenthetical at the start of the sentence

Although similar questions have been asked before, I am still not clear as to official or, at the very least, preferred position from punctuation rules point of view on comma after coordinating ...
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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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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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Should a phrase which is the subject of a sentence or paragraph be quoted?

From the Grammarist website: In a manner of speaking is an idiom that means the same as ‘in other words’ or ‘so to speak’. They've bolded the phrase which is the subject of discussion, but ...
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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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Punctuating a list of direct non-question quotes

What is the correct way to punctuate a list of spoken quotes? For example: They had a variety of excuses for missing the meeting, such as: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight. Were we?” ...
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If you use semicolons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?

Here is the sentence in question: The worst scenario is when your friend refuses to bear any responsibility for their cancellation: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight, were we?” ; ...
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Are apostrophes actually needed?

I don't mean to make it grammatically correct I mean does English need them? I can't seem to find a use case other than it's "legacy" in English, but that is never a reason to keep something around. ...
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What's the double hyphen after greetings in emails?

I usually see just format in the emails I receive daily: Hello Dorian-- I'm calling you in regard with the something... Thanks, I see comma after the greetings too but I am not sure ...
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Usage of hyphen in “oft-cited”

The oft-cited first sentence of this work Why would you not just use two words, oft cited?
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What is a correct punctuation for a sentence starting with “One more thing”?

In the following sentence what would be the correct punctuation One more thing don't tell anyone about our conversation. Should "One more thing" be separated by comma, dash or colon? Or perhaps ...
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How to punctuate lists that are nested to three levels?

A basic list is punctuated like this: The park has some bears, deers, and other animals. (bears) (deers) (other animals) When commas appear inside the items of a list, or when lists appear ...
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Punctuation for a list of names in the middle of a sentence

Under the direction of General Manager, Rian Wagner, a motivated project team, including: Edison Ven, Gary Bon, Justin Bembi, Marco Conch, Leo Bold and Richard Trolo, led the effort to bring the ...
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Jack London's list —X, Y, and a Z and a J

On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box. There were other things on the sled—blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying-pan; but prominent, occupying most of the ...
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What is the proper way of using triple dots and spaces before/after them?

... part of a sentence ... ...part of a sentence ... ... part of a sentence... Notice the spaces before/after the dots. Which usage is the correct one ?
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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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Grammatically, comma or period after “no problem”, “sure”, “okay” and the like

Grammatically, do we put a comma or period after the words like "no problem", "sure", "okay" and the like when responding to a request, or there is no grammatical rule and this purely a style ...
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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 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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Do footnoting superscripts go inside or outside punctuation?

When using superscripts to indicate a footnote, do these fall inside or outside adjacent punctuation? If there is an answer, is that answer applicable worldwide, or just to specific regions or ...
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If you're starting a sentence with “and” or another conjunction, must you follow the conjunction with a comma?

When I was a kid, I was always told that starting a sentence off with "and" was improper. However, now it seems as if the consensus amongst members of the English cartel is that it is totally ...
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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 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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However vs. how ever: one word or two?

I am writing a paper and stumbled upon this sentence of mine. "The output remained consistently poor however the data was/were analysed". "The output remained consistently poor how ever the ...
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Whether to use a comma or not

I have been looking at many company description and I found the following two usages a) We sell a diverse range of products from books to toys. b) We sell a diverse range of products, from ...
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“Oh, dear!” vs. “Oh dear!”

Which is correct, "Oh, dear!" or "Oh dear!"? My understanding is that the word oh is an interjection, and should thus be followed by a comma. However, is the second usage the correct one because the ...
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how do I punctuate this sentence? [closed]

Should this discussion result in a definite need for additional funding I will submit a request for additional dollars at that time.
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Use of comma in place of omitted 'that'? [closed]

Dave told me about his new hobby, _____ very much. Which one of the following options is correct: (1) which he’s enjoying (2) that he’s enjoying (3) he’s enjoying it (4) he’s enjoying I can't ...
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A sentence after a comma without any explicit coordination conjunction, is it allowed?

Consider this sentence from Bill Gate's book (Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System) We had to build an internet system that was so convenient, customers got more value ...
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What is the correct grammatical formation of this paragraph?

I have seen this particular meme trending on a lot of social media platforms of late. I'm wondering what the grammatically correct formation of the meme (phrase) is? The meme in questions reads as ...
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How does using a semicolon or a full stop change meaning?

Federal agencies and Wal-Mart are investigating the charges; C. J.’s Seafood did not respond to The Times’s request for comment. In this statement, what is the effect of semicolon in the meaning ...
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Comma, quote needed before “quoted” material?

Which punctuation, if any, is correct: A. Did you ever ask Barb, "Hey, what's the matter with you?" B. Did you ever ask Barb, hey, what's the matter with you? C. Did you ever ask Barb, Hey, what's ...
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Mandatory usage of Hyphens?

I have a question regarding the use of hyphens. My native language is German, and there is a set of rules regarding hyphenation. There are mandatory and optional rules for it. Now, Consider the ...
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By … we … punctuation

Is this introductory clause qualifying the rest of the sentence, such that it would require a comma, or is it simply introductory, such that it would not. I'm a bit confused about what the rule ...
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Is there a proper name for the 3 asterisks that are used to suggest temporal discontinuity?

For example, when some long prose passage ends, this appears: * * * Then some new prose passage begins. The three asterisks dividing the two prose sections are understood to divide the two ...
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Punctuation when using ' for example' [closed]

Which of the following punctuation is correct: 1) Ask questions, for example, "what is the author's purpose?" 2) Ask questions. For example, what is the author's purpose?3) Ask questions. For ...
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punctuation after the word say [duplicate]

How do I punctuate the following sentence in parentheses: (Just stand up and say cancel that.) Do I need to put the "cancel that" in quotes and a comma after say and a capital "C"? It is an ...
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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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How to punctuate a quoted question within a question?

How would I punctuate the bold portion? "Who are you?" she asked. "Wait," I replied, "did you just ask me Who are you?" I would use the following: "Wait," I replied, "did you just ask ...
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Correct punctuation to accompany 'I' and 'we' in this example?

I am writing a poem and I want to know how to punctuate this line in relation to people's individual motives and not doing anything with a sense of togetherness. --When everyone uses 'I's' but never ...
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On correct use of comma [closed]

Should there be a comma after you in the following sentence? If the afternoon works best for you, please let me know and I will try to adjust my schedule.
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Punctuation marks in use of “up to and including”

What punctuation marks (or paraphrasing) should be used to make this sentence easier to read: Releases up to and including Product v3.1 do not have this feature. Is it ok to say the following? ...