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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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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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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Singularity and Plurality of The Terms “God,” “god,” and “gods”

I've been studying some of the books of the English versions of the Bible, and have discovered how their uses of the terms, "God," "god," and "gods" should seem slightly perplexing to English readers ...
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Should “on point” and “spot on” be hyphenated in predicative position?

Should "on point" and "spot on" be hyphenated in predicative position? I think the hyphen, in these cases, makes it clearer for the reader; do you agree with the hyphens in the four examples below? ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Do you need to add quotation marks around a name sometimes?

I'm writing a sentence of the sort: There is a place known as Some Name by the XYZ. vs. There is a place known as "Some Name" by the XYZ. Would it be wrong the use qutation marks around ...
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use of ellipses at the end of a paragraph

When a quote ends a paragraph, essentially trailing off, one (generally) uses three ellipses points such as the following: "I'm not going to humor that suggestion! There is no way ..." Even if the ...
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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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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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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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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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Essential 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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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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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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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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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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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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Italicizing multiword phrasal adjectives

Can we italicize (instead of hyphenate) long phrasal adjectives as shown below? Instead of: She’s a live-and-let-live kind of girl. This as an alternative? She’s a live and let live kind of girl. ...
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Obscure sentence

I'd like to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct: Deep perineal pouch is related above to perineal membrane. I'd like to know what is the correct meaning the sentence implies ...
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Should there be a comma before if in this sentence: is if a restrictive element?

"Smallpox may be transmitted by the air in enclosed settings such as buildings, buses, and trains if it carries the virus."
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How should one punctuate a bulleted list in the middle of a sentence, not at the end?

There have been many posts about the proper way to punctuate bulleted lists, but I have not found any that specifically deal with how to punctuate such lists when they appear within a sentence instead ...
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Understanding these quotation marks

Eggleston’s appearance coincides with a moment when courts and Republicans have heightened their criticisms of White House legal actions. Eggleston’s appearance put him in the rare position of ...
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Ellipsis in a title

When an ellipsis is used in a title such as 'How to love your dog... A kid's Guide to dog care, is it just used for suspense or is there a grammatical reason which I haven't found out yet? Trying to ...
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Apostrophes on house signs

I see signs in front of houses like "The Johnson's" or "The Wilson's". Can that be correct?
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Punctuation for a list of adjectives or adverbs

Imagine I a have a sentence structure similar to the one below. The boy remained silent—thinking, brooding, plotting his next move. If I didn't want to use an emdash would a comma be okay? I'm ...
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Is a comma needed in this construction “who are practically … they're so …”?

The sentence I'm looking at is this: "I pass by two females who are practically leaking sulfur they're so full of demons." I'm thinking that a comma should be inserted between sulfur and they're ...
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Use of commas when writing date range in a sentence

Should there be commas after 2014 in the following sentence: "From June 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015, there were 40 accidents on one stretch of road."?
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I like X, from the … ,to the … . punctuation help

If I were to make a statement that describes attributes of something across a range such as: What I find great about apples are the variety of colours, from the sweet red ones, to the sour green ...
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Comma after “Using this” and “For this case”

I am a bit confused about using (or not) the comma in the following sentences: Using Lemma 1, we can claim that... For/in the first case, we can use... Please I need to understand the rule ...
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Ending a sentence with abbreviation and ellipses

When using an abbreviation at the end of a sentence, such as "etc." and a ellipses, would you use three or four periods?
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Colon or dash as a separator in a headline

I’m creating a headline (for my online digest), and I’m wondering if I should use a dash Web Animations API - grouping and sequencing animations or a colon Web Animations API: grouping and ...
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Page/paragraph references within quotations

I work as a proofreader in a patent firm and am struggling to find a concrete answer to a punctuation problem I see almost every day. It's probably not a situation that pops up commonly in regular ...
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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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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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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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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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punctuating lengthy sentence

[pls let me know whether the sentence given below is punctuated correctly. If not..., can it be punctuated correctly without altering/rewriting this sentence] A total of 3 CTVs were delineated: CTV1, ...