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 oh why” or “why, oh why”?

Is this punctuated correctly? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, Why oh why can’t I?" Or should “oh why” be set off by commas? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the ...
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Should a semi-colon be used before “however”? [duplicate]

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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Usage of a particular phrase

Just a quick question while writing an essay: how does one use the "until eventually" phrase properly in a sentence? More specifically, location of punctuation and if it is even grammatically correct. ...
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Can full stops be omitted after a middle initial and a first and middle initial preceding a surname? [duplicate]

Is it okay to omit the full stops in this? The person's name is John Louis Thompson. Can it be punctuated thus? John L Thompson J L Thompson Do both work?
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Semi-colon, comma, or two separate sentences? [on hold]

Which of these is correct: Thanks. I appreciate it. Thanks, I appreciate it. Thanks; I appreciate it.
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How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?

In the past — or at least, when I was in elementary school — periods/full stops were followed by two spaces. Lately, it's become more and more common to see just one space. In the modern ...
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Removing punctuation as a literary technique [on hold]

I've seen this done before but I can't remember where. The idea is to remove all punctuation to create garbage, but to good effect. Anyway, my question is, should I consider the hyphen in ...
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When citing a French citation in the original, should the guillemets (angle quotes) be changed? What about punctuation order?

I’ve come across a puzzling punctuation problem! I’m working on a document in US English. It includes a citation of a French text in the original French, and this citation includes a citation (all in ...
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Without rephrasing, could I get away with not using any hyphens in the following modifiers? [duplicate]

Without rephrasing, could I get away with not using any hyphens in the following modifiers? Are all examples clear as written? a 45-50% a year savings a $15-20 per month service fee a 10% a year ...
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Semicolon and comma placement [on hold]

I'm not sure how to punctuate this sentence in an essay I'm writing. I'm pretty sure a semicolon goes somewhere, and it certainly feels like I don't have enough commas. Please include with your answer ...
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Regarding Comma or Semi-Colon

In this question: "I am curious; what behavior are you referring to?". Is it correct to use a semi-colon after curious, or to use a comma? Such as, "I am curious, what behavior are you referring ...
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Is this punctuation wrong or just stilted?

I tend to over-punctuate because I don't have a clue (or I use speech as an guideline) Are the commas wrong or just awkward in the sentence below? It was controversial, in part, because of the ...
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Punctuation of quoted sentence used as a subject of outer sentence

I know the rules of punctuation when interrupting a sentence of dialogue, but how do you punctuate the end of a quoted sentence which is used as the subject of another sentence? He picked up after ...
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Which one is the correct dialogue punctuation format? [closed]

I am writing my first novel and this the very first confusion I would like to clarify. As I am not a native English speaker, I find it very hard to understand the punctuation scheme in direct ...
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Can you ask a question without a question mark?

So if you're an X, you get a free pass on being a Y. Thanks for that. Is the above sentence a question? I would call it a statement, but someone is insisting that it is a question, and gave ...
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Should I use a comma before the conjunction in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence The movie was loud and the chatter was louder. Should I need to add a comma before the and that joins the first sentence The movie was loud and the independent clause the chatter ...
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What's the best way to write a reported question? [closed]

Which of the following is correct: People ask me, what Google.com is? or People ask me, what is Google.com?
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How should this sentence be punctuated and why? [closed]

How should this sentence be punctuated and why? "The children enter the school their new uniforms shining."
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How do I punctuate this sentence? A stamp cost three cents a gallon of gas twenty

Do I use a semicolon or a comma? I do not want to add a conjunction or replace the missing "cost" after gas. Both are intentionally removed.
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“It is not enough that I should succeed - others should fail”: comma?

Is the sentence "It is not enough that I should succeed – others should fail" correct? I mainly wonder about the dash. Should it be a comma instead? Does anything else need to be changed?
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shined vs shone [closed]

Which are correct -- and why? I say "shined" in 1, and "shone" in the second, and "outshone" in the third. Am I right? The sun shone/shined down on me. She shone/shined his shoes. He was outshined / ...
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Comma usage in regards to listing names [duplicate]

When referring to a list of names including my own, what format do I use? NameA, NameB and I OR NameA and NameB and I
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Comma, dash or colon to introduce a person's name at end of sentence?

Without recasting, which is the best form to use to introduce the individual at the end of the sentence? Should it be a comma, an em dash or a colon? Are all correct, and what is your preference? (1) ...
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Does the word after a question mark start with a capital letter? [duplicate]

Should I write it like this? Or perhaps like this? Should I write it like this? or perhaps like this? What about after an exclamation mark or semicolon?
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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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How would I punctuate the phrase “making that which needs to be better better”? Is this phrase grammatically correct?

How would I punctuate the phrase "making that which needs to be better better"? I'm guessing that the phrase is grammatically correct, and that the punctuation is as follows, along with an example ...
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Correct use of punctuation - dash rather than semicolon?

In the following sentence, would it be better to replace the semicolon with a dash? We explore strange new worlds and seek out new life forms in order to create impactful and compelling work; ...
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How do I write a question that sounds like a statement?

Forgive me if the title is unclear. I am trying to understand how to write two questions, but with the latter question sounding like a statement. Examples: a) Should I go with option A, or ...
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Plural Possessive of Surnames [duplicate]

For the plural possessive of a surname, would you concur that these are correct? the Rogerses' house (surname is 'Rogers') or should it be "the Rogers' house" for the plural possessive because ...
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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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Jack London's punctuation choice of periods instead of semi-colons

The sled was without runners. It was made of stout birch-bark, and its full surface rested on the snow. The front end of the sled was turned up, like a scroll, in order to force down and ...
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correct use of yours, possive [closed]

Is this sentence correct; "Thank you for your letter about the missing items in both yours’ and your mother’s homes"?
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In which cases is a comma/period placed inside or outside of parentheses?

Are there cases where a period is placed inside parentheses? In which cases the period (or a comma) should be placed inside the parentheses?
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Oxford Comma Conventions

According to the Wikipedia page for the Oxford Comma, "Use of the comma is consistent with conventional practice" and "Use of the comma is inconsistent with conventional practice." Did the Oxford ...
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1-word introductory quotes and comma placement outside the quotes [duplicate]

I know this has been covered innumerable times, but I haven't seen the following example mentioned, and I'm curious whether in BrE the comma would technically go outside the quotes as shown below. ...
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Is a comma needed in “The tall, gray building is my company”? [duplicate]

"The tall, gray building is my company." "The big, brown bear scared the children." Comma needed in each sentence? Thanks
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Are the commas correctly placed outside the quotes? [duplicate]

The questions "Who?", "What?", "When?", "Where?", "How?", and "Why?" remain unanswered. She was tired of his "Where were you?", "How many drinks did you have?", and " Were you unfaithful to me?" ...
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What does an exclamation mark inside parentheses “(!)” mean?

What does an exclamation mark inside parentheses "(!)" mean? I saw this in a book review I was reading and I didn't understand what the use of it was. Can someone help me?
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When should you use italics to reference an example and when should it be inside apostrophes?

When should you use italics to reference an example or quote, and when should it be inside apostrophes instead? (I am trying to tighten up here. I write in advertising and we break so many rules with ...
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Listing quoted sentences: separate them with a semicolon, comma, period (or none)?

I am completing a manuscript for my recent book. I would love to know whether I need to put a comma, semicolon, or other form of punctuation (or none) in-between these quoted sentences. The examples ...
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Should I use double punctuation inside and outside parentheses? [duplicate]

Which one of the following sentences is correct (or more acceptable): Honor your creativity and write down anything that comes to mind (no matter how silly!). Honor your creativity and ...
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Is a comma correct here?

In the following sentence: He was the first of his kind, the first king. Is a comma correct here? Does it make sense, it sounds a little off to me. I'd rather not add any new words to the ...
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Exclamation marks in the middle of a sentence

Would this usage of exclamation mark be correct? I want to — honest! — give you a slap! Yes, I know, it's a quite bad example, but I wonder if this usage of an exclamation inside a sentence is ...
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Is it acceptable to use a colon in the following manner?

I am currently working on a book (I am in the final stages) and would love to know whether the following use of the colon is correct or not: Firstly, please take time to brainstorm all the ...
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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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Proper name for a hypothetical quote or rephrasing

I've seen and used a usage of quote marks that I'm not sure is correct. If it is correct, I'd like to know what it is called. If it is incorrect, I'd like to know how to punctuate it correctly. Here ...
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How should I use quotation marks in sections of multiline dialogue?

If I want to introduce a “pause” between lines of dialogue from the same person by inserting a spacing line, how should I use the quotation marks correctly to indicate continued dialogue? I really ...
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What is a comma splice?

Is this a comma splice? What makes a sentence a comma splice? Being left at the altar on her wedding day, Pamela became furious.
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Punctuation with US measurements

Should a period be used with a measurement that is a compound term, e.g., ft-lb?
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Period with Colon?

Which of these is correct (The word manager is abbreviated to Mgr): Your Line Mgr: OR Your Line Mgr.: