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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Seperate puctuation for paraphrasing [on hold]

Paraphrases can be quite far from the quotes they reference. I would prefer seperate puctuation for paraphrases, to make the reader aware. Examples: 'paraphrase' vs "quote" ""paraphrase"" vs "quote" ...
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Separating dependent clauses and introductory phrases with commas in compound and complex-compound sentences

I know that you are supposed to separate dependent clauses and introductory phrases with a comma if they start the sentence. Examples: If you are ill, you ought to see a doctor. (dependent clause) ...
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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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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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Punctuation Mark

I just wanted to know the exact name of a punctuation mark which is used below a word or words to indicate the repetition i.e. Impact of war on youth. // // // // elders. What is the specific name ...
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question mark vs. period

I came across a sentence structure similar to the below, and I am wondering if the sentence should end with a question mark or a period. How did you do that, she wondered? First of all, I would ...
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question about your vs. yours [duplicate]

question about "yours" Can I say I wish to take yours and Don's money? or do I need to say I wish to take your and don's money
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Punctuation in greeting [closed]

Is it ok to use a hyphen in a greeting or should it always be a comma? e.g. Hi Beth - vs Hi Beth,
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Punctuation before and within an adverb clause

I have a sentence which includes two independent elements connected by 'and' within an adverb clause. Do I still place a comma before the and? Ex: Jett's dad died when he was seven and his little ...
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Can or have a comma before it if it starts a dependent clause?

For example, "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." I ...
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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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'[sic]' to indicate punctuation errors

Can [sic] be used to highlight a punctuational error? In the sentence below, the bracketed sic would obviously denote that the punctuation preceding it was an error — that is, a semicolon ...
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How do you punctuate something you paraphrased?

Sometimes I need to adjust a quote for whatever reason. I don't want to steal somebody else's words, so I want to quote, but if it's no longer their exact words, wrapping it in "" doesn't feel right ...
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Conflicting Advice: “Not Only,” “But Also” Constructions — Comma, No Comma, Parallel Structure?

I've searched for the answer on this site and other websites, and found conflicting advice and sample sentences that look wrong to me. I'm posting this question hoping for clarification. My ...
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Comma before “with,” “who,” “having” for non-compound sentences

I've noticed my résumé and cover letter have multiple sentences like the ones (slightly edited) below: I offer excellent computer skills, with a typing speed of 80–120 WPM. I recently met ...
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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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How to end one-word sentences like “done”?

How do we end one-word sentences? Should there be a full stop or another punctuation mark? or can I just use it without any punctuation mark? I usually say "Done." in response to emails where I'm ...
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Double possessive: a friend of Steven's

I am wondering about the "double possessive" I have been reading about. I have a couple of sentences as an example: He’s a new client of Jane and Kevin’s and a close childhood friend of Steven ...
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Inverted commas or italics when you mouth something

I am wondering if it is better to use inverted commas or italics when you mouth something, rather than say it aloud. E.g. I cover the receiver and mouth Sorry to my friend. Or is it better to go ...
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13 Month Old or 13-Month-Old? [duplicate]

I have just installed Grammarly and it showed up something which i am not sure of. It corrected '13 month old' to '13-month-old'. The context is I ask because my 13-month-old God daughter ...
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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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How to punctuate an embedded quoted question within a declarative sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? I'm having a devil of a time trying to determine how to punctuate an embedded quoted question within a declarative sentence. A ...
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When should 'viz.' be followed by a comma?

Some Latin abbreviations as 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' are always followed by a comma. For the Latin abbreviation 'viz.', sometimes it is followed by a comma, sometimes it is not. What is the rule for ...
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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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“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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Using a comma — or other punctuation — at the start of a line

I was always told that, when writing on a page, you should always make sure never to start a new line with a comma. E.g. The man was tired , so he went to bed. Is this an actual rule, or ...
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Is it “No can do” or “No can't do”?

You know the phrase that's usually said in a sing-song manner? Which is the correct one? I only ever hear it in spoken form, so I'm not sure if I'm mishearing it. Also, is there a comma in this ...
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Spaces and em-dash

In using the em-dash, where do you put the spaces? Which of the following is correct? School is based on the three R’s —reading, writing, and ’rithemtic. or School is based on the three R’s— ...
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Punctuation for compound quotes within a sentence

Should I put a period at the end of the first quote within this sentence: We often hear, "That's not me." or "I wasn't raised that way." OR should it read . . . "That's not me" or "I wasn't raised ...
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Usage of of colon (:) and dash (─) [duplicate]

I often find use of colon (:) and dash (─) confusing. Let me explain this with the help of the following title appearing in an article: Moto ─ an excellent car Sometimes, I find colon (:) is ...
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Punctuation in verb + but + verb + and + verb structure

In a sentence A homophone has the same pronunciation as another word but differs in meaning and may differ in spelling. is comma before and mandatory or optional? P.S. Perhaps different style ...
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Proper punctuation for compound sentence with quote that is a question

How should this be properly punctuated? What is the purpose of human existence, or is it meaningless is the question asked by Juan Valdez in "What do coffee pickers with burros think about all day ...
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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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Usage of commas and colon in sentence containing lists, and additional clauses

I've used this site to my benefit in the past, and now I have my own question. I have looked through some of the answers (although I admit not every one as I am short on time) and cannot find what I ...
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How to punctuate speech

I am writing speech such as: "There is just one problem" said she "I don't think my friend will like it." What is the correct way of punctuating this? I could put up to three full stops in ...
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commas and 'or' going together in a list

a. They did things that were odd, rude or illegal. b. They did things that were odd, rude**, or** illegal. Which of the above means: They did things that were either odd, or rude or illegal. (some ...
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Slashes for hyphens in compound modifiers

Take the phrase "a joint FBI-SFPD task force" for example. According to my boss, a slash can stand in for the hyphen. I tend to disagree. Is this grammatically correct? Stylistically acceptable?
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Should I punctuate the transition in a sentence between an independent clause and a descriptive quotation?

When I clicked the button, I got the error "ReferenceError: function is not defined". In this sentence, I am telling somebody that when I click a button in a software application, I get an ...
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Comma before adverbial participial phrases (reduced adverbial phrases) and participial prepositions

Another tricky comma question that has recently popped up in my line work that I have not been able to resolve to my satisfaction. Apologies it's a bit long, but all parts are related and additional ...
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Is it mandatory to use a comma before a coordinating conjunction uniting the two independent clauses in a compound sentence?

My friend and I had an argument about whether this sentence required a comma: I understand where you're coming from but I disagree. My friend insisted that there should be a comma before "but": ...
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Wonder's hood end, or is it wonderhood's end?

-hood is the suffix indicating a place or condition, i.e. childhood, neighborhood, etc. At times I have considered the title of the Arthur Clarke novel CHILDHOOD'S END and have wondered if CHILD'S ...
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Single Comma—how's it being used?

How is the comma being used in this sentence: "But we are not principally concerned here with sentence construction, rather with finding out what makes a proper sentence so that we know where ...
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Use of punctuation of “First,…”

I am uncertain if and how to punctuate if I use only one sentence for the following idea: We conducted two varieties of an experiment. First, we left used method A. Second, we used method B. Can ...
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Punctuation: We promise [that] it's a big deal [duplicate]

I'm editing a marketing campaign. Out loud, one might say, "We promise it's a big deal." I believe there's an unspoken "that" in there: "We promise [that] it's a big deal." Would you punctuate the ...
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Has the request “May I request you to …” to end with a question mark?

May I request you to kindly collect the brief? or May I request you to kindly collect the brief. Which of the above two sentences is correctly punctuated? Added afterwards: This request ...
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How do you write sentences when referring to sections (of a webpage)?

If my webpage has sections (ex: internal clients, external clients, feedback), how should I be referring to those sections within a sentence? The text would NOT be links (clickable). To view ...
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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 ...
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Direct speech or not

I have a question regarding the sentence below. Before the guards can move to block your path, you hear "Let him speak." Is this direct speech? And do I need a comma after hear? The word hear ...
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Comma or period after “No”

Similar question has been asked before; however, I would like to clarify the convention around "No" as I have not been able to find anything conclusive. Does one put a comma or period after "No", ...