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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Punctuating a parenthetical expression inside a quote (that uses ellipses)

Does this punctuation make sense, with the first half of the quote trailing off in an ellipsis and the second half starting with one? “Funny thing…”, he paused to puff the pipe alight, then ...
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Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? [duplicate]

Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? i.e. My first item. My second item. My third item. or My first item My second item Or what about a longer item ...
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when quoting a quote does the period go at the end, as shown in the below example? [duplicate]

“I, Joe Smith, a Director of ABC Company, hereby swear and affirm that the original ‘Unanimous Consent of the Board of Directors By Way of Written Resolution of ABC Company, Passed on February 13, ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to split two separate items as adj1, or adj2, noun? For example: adj1, or adj2, n = adj1 n and adj2 n

I'm writing some content and a coworker stated that the following was incorrect: You have the option to use the red, or green, ball. or should I be saying: You have the option to use the red ball ...
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Lost In Punctuation

Usually, when a piece of text is translated from one language to some other language, and (due to slightly different idioms, phrases, words, etc.) the end meaning is changed, then it is attributed to ...
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“Take/Consider … as an example” vs “Take/Consider … for example”

For more than a decade, I have always seen/used the phrase "Take/Consider ... as an example" followed by a comma. Then, my recent visit on this page got me confused and raised more questions in me. ...
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Ellipsis after a complete sentence

I'm wondering how to use an ellipsis after a complete sentence within a quote when not intending to use the entire quote. Specifically, I'm looking at a Bible verse. Consider the following: ...
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Commas before that [on hold]

Is it appropriate to put a comma before that in this sentence? But surely he had known, or thought he'd known, that Santa wasn't real.
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In this sentence is the comma after 'though' correct? [closed]

"Though, people hadn't climbed it, the very act of adorning it with these strange exotic names meant that the mountain (let alone the species that named it) would have many adventures."
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [closed]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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How to use apostrophes of possession [on hold]

I am not sure if the apostrophe of possession is in the right place. I have written I can remember the childrens' names but not the adults' names.
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I am unsure how to punctuate a sentence [closed]

Please show me the proper way to punctuate the sentence: What else is life, but being near you? It is not truly a question though; it is a statement. So I am still very unsure how to punctuate it ...
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What is the right punctuation for a series of questions within a single sentence?

What is the right punctuation to use with a list of examples that are questions? For example: This is a list of statements from the texts that I find vague: "From what are the interiors of a ...
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Best word usage [closed]

What's the best word usage for this title: Mindfullness/Concentration - A Lost Art or Mindfullness & Concentration: A Lost Art or????
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Punctuation before “even” at the end of items in a series

What form of punctuation should precede even when it replaces and in a series? People brought a strange variety of foods to the potluck. The dishes included green bean cookies, grasshopper tacos, ...
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Comma, dash or colon to introduce a person's name at end of sentence? [on hold]

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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Do I still omit the closing quotation mark before a paragraph break in speech?

Traditionally, paragraphs in speech are rendered like this: The professor harumphed. "It's not as easy as that. "English grammar is surprisingly complicated. Why, only yesterday..." That is, only ...
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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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what are these rules? [closed]

I want to mention a link. http://www.chompchomp.com/rules/fragrules.htm In this link, there has been mentioned some words such as 'Punctuation Rule 1, Punctuation Rule 5 etc. What are these? Would ...
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Correct use of punctuation - dash rather than semicolon? [closed]

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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What is the least amount of punctuation required in the following: [closed]

He told them to stop their whining. Is there a way to write the above correctly without using quotation marks?
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Is there an alternative, one-word name for the question mark?

Is there an alternative name for the question mark? For example, the exclamation point is often called a bang, the number symbol is called a pound sign or sharp symbol and the asterisk symbol is ...
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Is a comma necessary in “What’s funny, is …”?

In the sentence What’s funny is Cat’s dry humour. Wouldn’t it be better to put a comma after “funny”: What’s funny, is Cat’s dry humour. This question entails a (at the time of writing) ...
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Comma before “include:” preceding list: right or wrong, and why? [duplicate]

My first style disagreement with another writer at a new job. I say the comma in the example below is superfluous because there is no introductory or non-restrictive clause. I think the options are: ...
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What's the proper way to punctuate inches when recording the dimensions of something?

When punctuating the dimensions of something, if both dimensions share the same units, does the punctuation occur after each measurement or just after the last one. For example, if I'm looking at a ...
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Is it okay to ignore putting periods between initials?

My name is Venkatesh MG. M stands for the name of my birth place, which begins with M, and G is an initial derived from my father's name. Since school, I have been using only these two variations of ...
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How to put question mark after a quotation mark (in Chicago or MLA style)? [closed]

For example, if I want to ask a question that says: Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow" should I punctuate it as Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow?" or Where is, "You know ...
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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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Should I use … or —?

I came across this recently and curious as to which is correct. Here are a couple example sentences: I wish you would…oh, never mind. OR I wish you would—oh, never mind. In the above ...
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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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How do you punctuate a list of lists of names?

I am not sure how to punctuate this sentence (the punctuation below is my best guess): We refer to the classical research of Oleinik-Petrovsky, Thom and Milnor. How it should be understood: The ...
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Which of the following sentences is correct? [closed]

Together with my three fellow students, we are most interested in hiring the villa. Togehter with my three fellow students we are most interested in hiring the villa. Together with my three fellow ...
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Dialogue tags with a mute speaker

The rules of punctuation of dialogue tags and interruptions without a dialogue tag are quite different. The two types of interruptions usually can be distinguished by the verb used - if it describes ...
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What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)?

If I want to mention the word "furlong", for example, should I use furlong, "furlong", or 'furlong'? Also, am I correct in putting the punctuation outside the quotes?
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Comma and arithmetics

Should one put a comma before an arithmetic operation? What about long expressions? Example: The final distance is equal to the initial distance plus initial velocity multiplied by time, plus half ...
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How to use comma around mathematical symbols?

I am having trouble determining the correct use of comma when specifying mathematical symbols, and the literature that I follow does not seem to be consistent. Which of the following would be correct ...
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Ellipsis at end of interrupted quote

How should a quote like this be punctuated? "Amanda, I meant to tell you earlier, but...," his voice shook with sorrow, "I couldn't find the words." Would this be correct if I deleted the comma ...
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If quoting only an extract of dialogue from a fiction book, do you still need to have quotes within quotes? [closed]

I need to show kids how to write a book review. I am writing a book review as an exemplar to show them how it's done. However, I got stuck when it came to citing extracts of dialogue. My question is ...
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Can I start a sentence with Then? [closed]

Are these sentences correct in terms of punctuation and grammar? She asked, "Could I have a drink of your water?" Then she walked away when I said, "No, you can't." Thanks so much for the first ...
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Usage of comma in “Some like it hot, others cold” [closed]

How does one punctuate the following construct: Some like it hot, others, cold. Somehow, the two commas seem incorrect or at least awkward. Should the second one be omitted altogether? Or should ...
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The infinitive after the comma [closed]

Why is the comma before the infinitive? The Roman state was a parasite, draining men and wealth from the island while failing, or not even trying, to defend it from Picts, Irish and Saxons.
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Is the following sentence correct? A statement followed by a list. Should I use a colon? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "My main priority as a tutor has always been to help the learner feel at ease, with me, with themselves and with their own abilities." I feel like there should be ...
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What's the proper expanded form of RGB and HSL?

I know they mean "Red Green Blue" and "Hue Saturation Lightness", but the Wikipedia articles on each refer to them as "red, green, blue", and "hue-saturation-lightness". Which way, if either, is ...
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Using co-ordinating conjunctions

My question is about the following sentence. Punctuation omitted. If the man comes back and I am home I will arrest him In the sentence there is one dependent subordinate clause and two ...
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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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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 that sentence a question? I would call it a statement, but someone is insisting that it is a question, and gave this ...
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Should there be commas before sentence-ending words such as 'too', 'either', 'apparently', 'obviously' and 'respectively'? [duplicate]

Should there be commas before sentence-ending words such as 'too', 'either',  'apparently', 'obviously' and 'respectively'? He wants to go to the mall, too. She's not attending the meeting, ...
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SAT grammar question: Why is this “them” incorrect?

SAT grammar question: There are (more than) 300 million English speakers (in) India, most of (them) acquired English (as) a second language. (No error) The parentheses designate areas where the ...
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The use of commas

My friend wrote me an email with the sentence Would the coming Tuesday at 12:15 be okay for you? I immediately thought there should be a comma somewhere in the sentence. Well, he doesn't agree ...
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“why oh why” or “why, oh why”? [closed]

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 ...