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Use of comma and dash

Which is correct? Please explain this? The system works by making ice at night, when lower power usage means energy is cheaper and lower temperatures require less power to freeze water. The system ...
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Implied first person as a subject of a sentence and using semicolons?

I am writing my professional profile on my CV and questioning a couple of things. As it's my CV, each bullet point places me as the subject, and I don't want to explicitly point this out every ...
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What is a correct punctuation for a sentence starting with “One more thing”?

In the following sentence what would be the correct punctuation One more thing don't tell anyone about our conversation. Should "One more thing" be separated by comma, dash or colon? Or perhaps ...
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To capitalize, or not to capitalize inside the quote

I'm getting myself all sorts of confused since Google is both a proper noun and a verb. Which option is correct? A). This time, Google "Best natural skincare lines." B). This time, Google: best ...
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Using a “colon” after “is” or “this”

I've seen this a few times now and it confuses me, especially when my editor does it. According to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, a colon can only be used where a period could. In other ...
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How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? [duplicate]

How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? For example: Do you capitalize each item and use a colon? This Summer we should: Go to the beach. Eat a sandwich. Visit the library. Do ...
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Question Regarding Comma vs Colon

Consider the following sentence: In 2013 Tallinn, Estonia, instituted fare-free rides for city residents (becoming the largest city in the world to do so), but car use in Tallinn has only slightly ...
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A semi-colon before a “comprised of” list, or a new sentence?

I'm writing something along the lines of The service is comprised of two parts; detailed tracking, and logging. Should I employ the semi-colon, as above, or is a colon more appropriate? Or should ...
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Is this a complete sentence? Using colons

The sentence I saw: "The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients: poached eggs, English muffins, bacon, and hollandaise sauce." But colons must follow an independent clause. So does ...
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The use of colon in the sentence

I have a hard time understanding the use of the colon in the following sentence: Marriage is like a supermarket: easy to get into but hard to get out of. Is the part after the colon a list of two ...
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Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one?

Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one? A colon instead of a semicolon may be used between independent clauses when the second sentence explains,...
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Parentheses or colon inside em-dashes?

Should I use a colon, parentheses, or none of them to introduce the word "Arabic" in the following sentence? I am passionate about languages —including my native one: Arabic— and a fan of accuracy ...
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In American English are the following three examples good to use for colon capitalization useage? [duplicate]

I know that a variant of this question has been asked before, and recalled what my Creative writing teacher told me about when to use capitalization after a colon, by using the following three example ...
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Can a colon be placed at end of page

I'm reviewing a book for a friend. He wrote the sentence, "Tom Smith relays the following anecdote about the his baby's first exposure to the zoo:" Then the page breaks and the anecdote is on the ...
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Colon or comma for direct quotations?

I've seen two ways to introduce direction quotations: 1) The host made an announcement, "You are all staying for dinner." 2) The host made an announcement: "You are all staying for dinner." Is one ...
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What is the correct punctuation usage for 'thus' in this sentence?

"They believe technology serves humankind by empowering us with access to information and the ability to spread that useful information; thus, enriching our lives."
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What is the difference between using a colon and a semi-colon to join two sentences?

I've seen a few questions on this site relating to semi-colons, which I believe I correctly understand, but what I'm not as clear about is colons. For example: The man ate the apple; it tasted ...
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Sentence colon or comma [duplicate]

Is this the best way to write this sentence below? Moving forward, I hope to apply my experience to a cause that I am passionate about: education.
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using colon to specify two nouns

I want to say in contrast, X expression is elevated in only pancreas tissue and Y expression is elevated in only pituitary tissue. Can I write something like this? In contrast, X and Y expression ...
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Comma vs. Colon - single sentences? [closed]

Which would be correct Let’s look at your final scorecard, General Ignorance. Let’s look at your final scorecard: General Ignorance. And can you cite why your response is correct? Thank you
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Correct usage/distinction in these examples [closed]

The score has a real unique sound with interesting vocals; the score is also well produced and professional. Our law firm is one of the Internet's most prolific copyright experts: firms that catch ...
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Is this a correct usage of a semicolon: It's not that I don't care; it's that I care too much?

I could see case here for a colon: It's not that I don't care: it's that I care too much. Or even a comma: It's not that I don't care, it's that I care too much.
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Colon or semicolon before a follow-up question?

I've seen countless people do this, but I am unsure if it's correct usage or not. This show is talked about, but that brings up the important question; will it be great? Should I use the example ...
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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

When using the phrase "including but not limited to", how should it be punctuated? When used in the following (no punctuation): There are many activities including but not limited to running ...
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How would one correctly place punctuation marks in this sentence?

Moth-like, the people buzzed about: walking, driving, directing— each to their own light. I'm not sure whether each comma, colon, dash and hyphen are used correctly here. Please help! Also, this ...
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Can I use “for example” after a colon?

Examples often feel detached from the text if I introduce them after a full stop, so I'm looking for different ways of introducing them. I throught of introducing an example after a colon, because ...
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Can I use a colon after “for instance”?

For instance + "colon". Take Bartlett pears, for instance: unless they are treated with exactly the right amount of 1-MCP at exactly the right time, they will remain hard and green until they rot, ...
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Colons vs Em dash ?

The designer envisions the game’s fundamental elements: the settings, characters, and plots that make each game unique, and is thus a primary creative force behind a video game. A) NO CHANGE B) ...
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Can you use a colon to introduce just a single item instead of a list?

Colons are usually used to introduce a list of some kind after an independent clause; however, would it work for a single item? For example, can you write For 3 years, I ate hamburgers: my friend's ...
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What does this long sentence mean?

What is the purpose of colon ":" in this sentence "everyone: and reason"? "The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all ...
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Writing a list with a description of each item — Formal Writing [Research Paper]

I am trying to write the following sentence: "There are some objectives we cannot miss in any visualization library, which are: performance: high-level abstraction may limit the user’s ..., ...
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Do you need a colon after by? [closed]

I am organizing a school magazine and on each photo we must put the name. I was wondering when you write the word by, do you need the colon after it? Example: Photo By: Jane Doe By Jane ...
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How to punctuate two sentences that form one unit that requires a colon at the end? [closed]

I ask this in the context of comments in computer programming which are written in plain English. For this question, I require a colon at the end of every comment that is a heading of code. Now, if ...
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Comparison after colon; use “and” or “or”

does the following sentence make sense? In general, triple combinations are better than double: melphalan, prednisone and thalidomide (MPT); bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone (VMP); or ...
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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 space, ...
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Using the Chicago Manual of Style, do colons go inside or outside quotes?

I have the following sentence: The program identifies particular “targets” and “identifiers:” the “targets” are people who are suspected of committing a crime. Does the colon go inside the quotes ...
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What is the difference between “;” and “:” I don't really understand this difference? [closed]

I never really understood the difference between these so if someone could elaborate that would be excellent.
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Do I start a list with 1 item with a colon?

I often have to note down a list of people I send documents to at work, eg., 'PDF sent to: John, Edith, and Margery' If I only send the document to John, should I still use the colon? 'PDF sent to: ...
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How to correctly use colon? [closed]

I have the following sentence: The company will be oriented towards the development of three types of products: video games, video animations and digital marketing for which it will make use of ...
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Can I use two colons in a sentence?

Can I use two colons in a sentence? A typical example would be something like the following: Note: I have substantial experience with the following languages: Python, Java, C++, and Perl. I have ...
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Colon usage in English

I have always thought that colons were used to clarify, expand, provide evidence for the preceding sentence, or show an example. I have heard that this is not true. (Truly, it is a shame if it is so: ...
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Using a colon after a single word

I write instructions for our assembly lines. Frequently, I need to call their attention to something that is not a step, but that they need to know. My usual way of doing this is to write, "Note: Do ...
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Punctuation after a list introduced by a colon in the middle of a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: I am particularly grateful to seven people: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G[?] for our numerous merry gatherings, whether with reason or not. The question is: What ...
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Usage of colon in English and math writing

I always have problems with the use of colons when writing math papers. The following examples come from a published paper in a prestigious American journal. Here is an example where the colon is not ...
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Capitalisation of W in 'How to send money: Watch the video'

Should "W" of watch be capitalized as it is starting after a colon?
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Can a colon join sentence fragments for emphasis?

In this sentence, can a colon be used (after "zone") to put emphasis on the two fragments that follow it? Ex: His room was a chaos zone. Clothes haphazardly tossed across the bed. Books scattered ...
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A question regarding colon usage twice in a title

In the article title below, can the second colon be replaced with some other punctuation? Description of the eurotarget cohort: A european collaborative project on targeted therapy in renal cell ...
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Why was the semicolon used over the colon?

In The Oatmeal's guide, they write: I gnaw on old car tires; it strengthens my jaw so I'll be better conditioned for bear combat. Why was a semicolon used instead of a colon? The Punctuation Guide ...
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Is it proper to use a colon followed immediately by a hyphen?

I have seen some writing where people have a list or a figure in writing and they will write something like this: The information is provided in Image 3:- Is that correct? Is this a British ...
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What is the correct punctuation after “as follows”? [closed]

I am consistently confused by by the usage of "as follows", in particular, I don't know if I should end "as follows" with a period, or with a colon. Should I always use a colon, or can I sometimes ...