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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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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Do I put a comma or a period after a mid-quote dialog tag?

Okay, so I have this sentence. "He's where?" Suzy demanded "And what happened to your rig? The whole front is bashed in!" As you can see, I did not put in a comma or a period after demanded ...
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“built-in to the library”: hyphen or no hyphen

http://web.mit.edu/galib/www/FeatureList.html says, "You can use the types built-in to the library (bit-string, array, list, tree) or derive a chromosome based on your own objects." I've sometimes ...
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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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indefinite articles before adjectives

Is this sentence grammatically and lexically correct? 'For me, foreign language is the stem of a teaching and translating career'
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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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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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Is there a comma before “so”? What is the correct answer?

What is the correct version: Suddenly the noise stopped, so Dani, the new resident, started feeling uneasy. Suddenly the noise stopped so Dani, the new resident, started feeling uneasy.
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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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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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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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Comma Placement When Using The Word “Though”

Should there be a comma before the word "though?" Example: I am currently working with a content writer though it would be good to find more options.
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Closed, open, or hyphenated form for “null-space”

What is the correct spelling of the word "null-space"? Merriam-Webster puts it in a hyphenated form "null-space", (link). Wikipedia (link) and MathWorld (link) both put it in either open or closed ...
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Comma issue: noun of direct address in the middle of the sentence after conjunction

Another nitpicky comma question that I hope you will help me to resolve. How does one need to punctuate the noun of direct address (or vocative) in the middle of the sentence that goes directly after ...
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Esseintial 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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Tense question: “invest and get” or “invested and got”?

Later in the game, after you invest sufficient skill points into combat skills and get better fighting gear, combat becomes easier. or Later in the game, after you invested sufficient skill ...
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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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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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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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Question about an AP Style rule

AP STYLE RULE: If the word following a singular common noun ending in "s" begins with "s," add an apostrophe only. Based on AP's rule above, are the following bulleted examples correctly punctuated ...
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How would I punctuate a run-on sentence like this?

How can I punctuate this sentence to establish clarity without having to sacrifice cohesiveness? In general, there are four distinct castes that one could be born into: Brahmans, the highest ...
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How to punctuate a list filled with details

In the answer: Then, Scout and Jem find two pennies, a ball of gray twine, small carved images made of soap that appear to be Jem and Scout, a full pack of gum, a spelling medal, and a non-running ...
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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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Colon or semicolon?

We need help with colons and semicolons - and we need the definitive answer here, with examples. Here is my example: There is hardly any reason to be happy in the DPRK: the people are the most ...
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How to use “then” as a modifier

Which would you use or expect to see? "Iggy accidently caught me in the eye when he was hugging a then friend, Howard Devoto." "Iggy accidently caught me in the eye when he was hugging a, then, ...
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Is it “midsentence” or “mid-sentence”? Onelook doesn't say

Is it "midsentence" or "mid-sentence"? Onelook doesn't say. Also, is it: mid- to late 50s mid-to-late 50s mid to late 50s I'd say, "mid- to late 50s" because "mid" is a prefix that requires a ...
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Punctuating Adverbial Speech Descriptors

This may have already been covered somewhere, though I can't find it, but I'd always thought that adverbs qualifying, describing, modifying the verb in speech delivery, required a comma before the ...
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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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Can one use a question mark after “Please”?

I'm imagining someone importuning another person. For example, if someone asked another person if he or she could come join them on an outing, and when the other person doesn't seem too keen on the ...
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How do i punctuate sequential uses of “before”

Is this sentence punctuated correctly? I'm wondering if i should instead replace the comma's with semi-colons before each of the "before"'s. Just seconds before dialing 911, and before the sounds ...
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How do I deliver multiple paragraphs into one line?

I have a message that spans on multiple paragraphs but the medium I'm using allows for only one line. Is there an official way to do this? I've seen some people use a single slash (with spaces around ...
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Is it direct speech?

I have a question regarding the sentence below. If you say “I hate grammar,” you mean “I have a lot of difficulties with understanding rules how to use words correctly.” Is it direct speech ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Period with Colon?

Which of these is correct (The word manager is abbreviated to Mgr): Your Line Mgr: OR Your Line Mgr.:
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Semicolon usage: is this usage appropriate?

Is this usage of a semicolon grammatical? I understand that it's used to separate two clauses in a sentence, but am uncertain on the validity of its usage in this scenario Sound can be represented ...
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Not a duplicate - Different question altogether regarding comma placement inside/outside of quote marks in BE

From proofeditright.com: The exception to this rule is in UK English where the comma and full stop/period go inside for a complete quoted sentence; otherwise, they are placed outside (to show they ...
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Capitalization after ellipsis

Although there does exist a related question on SE, it doesn't exactly address my issue. What that question asks if the first letter should be capitalized after an ellipsis. I have the same question ...
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Multiple types of items in parenthesis, abbreviation + reference

In a sentence how do you correctly use punctuate both an abbreviation and a reference within the same parentheses? The Carbon Footprint of imports (CFi, table 1)..
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Is the usage of this semicolon correct? Should I replace it with a colon or dash?

I am getting ready to have my first tattoo and, as a fairly strict grammarian, I want to make sure that I get it right. I plan for the tattoo to look like the following, but I'm not totally sure about ...
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double punctuation marks: one inside parenthesis and one outside

I don't seem to be able to find the answer I'm after so here is my question. Can I make a sentence and at the end of the sentence make a a startling comment in parenthesis ending with an exclamation ...
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“Inc.” - Capitalized or Lowercase

If a company's name is in “all caps” (block capitals), shouldn't "Inc." also be capitalized? The following looks odd to me MY BUSINESS, Inc. Are there any style manuals which provide guidance ...