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What is the correct punctuation to use in this sentence?

A strong adaptation of the metered billing models by the leading Software-as-a-Service providers demonstrate the advantages such billing models bringing to all stakeholders of the service: the service ...
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Quotation marks vs colon & comma vs dash (dialogue)

I'm trying to write the following dialogue in one sentence and here's what I have: If she asks "Why?" tell her "Something came up." If she asks: Why?-tell her: Something came up. ...
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Is given by(:) <eqn>; acquires the form of(:) <eqn> [closed]

Does one need to put a colon in the following cases? The equation of motion is given by: <eqn> The equation of motion takes / acquires the form of: ...
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Can I place a modifier after a colon?

Can I place a modifier after a colon? For example: She opened the door, planning to go outside. vs She opened the door: planning to go outside.
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Punctuation marks just before colon or semi-colon [duplicate]

Is it possible to use punctuation marks such as commas, periods, and question marks just before colons or semi-colons? The error appears when accessing some URLs, e.g.: List items ... Can I set ...
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Period vs. Colon? [closed]

I came across this question while studying for the SAT. What the humanities teach are valuable skills. These include the ability to think critically; to construct, analyze, and respond to arguments; ...
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A colon vs. A dash in a sentence

I came across this question while studying for the SAT. After World War I, Percy Spencer was hired to work in the research _____ later known as Raytheon Manufacturing. A) lab of American Applicance ...
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"This leads to the question" followed by a comma or a colon

I am saying something along the lines of "this leads to the question, why does x happen" or "this brings up an interesting question, why does x happen" but I'm not sure if it ...
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What is the second 'of' referring to in this sentence?

But it was a vision of democracy: of a San Francisco run by its people, and not the royalty who dance at the Fairmont. Apparently, some words are left out in the sentence. I have come up with two ...
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Punctuation in a bulleted list, title and description

I'm making documention for a piece of software and I need to write multiple lists, namely menus and functions of the software. Currently items are formatted this way: • File ◦ New – ...
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Is a period ever allowed at the end of a sentence that precedes a direct quotation?

Via Google search and consulting the Chicago Manual of Style, I have discovered that a colon not a period is supposed to precede a quotation when that quotation is a complete sentence or an ...
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Capitalisation after colon in British English

From the BBC News website: Truss: Ground should have been laid for tax cuts Shouldn't the first letter after the colon be lowercase? According to Grammarly: In British English, the first letter ...
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When ending clause in a comma, which is followed by a colon, should there be a space in-between [closed]

Say that I am giving an introductory clause with a list of things, using the colon. If I also use a secondary clause, by way of a comma to explain the first clause, do I separate the comma and colon ...
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colon usage before 'not to' [duplicate]

As I understand it, one of the uses of colon is where what succeeds the colon expands on or explains what precedes the colon. (1) The weight of homework from children's shoulders is then taken off: ...
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Semicolon, comma, vs colon in list of size two

I have a sentence here. "The different types of switchgrass fall into two categories: upland and lowland." Can I replace the colon with a comma? Tonally, it sounds alright, but is it allowed ...
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Using colon and semi-colon in a list

I saw this sentence structure on this document online: Application for a Social Security Card. Can you tell me why there is no "period" in this structure? Where can I learn how to use a ...
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Can I end a quote/dialogue with a colon?

If a character is introducing something, say, a PowerPoint presentation, how should I punctuate their speech? Can I use a colon? For example: "We have proof. Just take a look at this:" He ...
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If there is no reporting verb, would you still use comma in these constructions?

Usually, after a reporting verb, there is bound to be a comma, but what if the constructions are as follow: As if waiting for me to say that one sentence, Cornelia followed up with a request, “Welp, ...
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Is it okay to put a colon after an acronym? [duplicate]

For example, when writing a list of fields to be filled e.g. Name: D.O.B.: Address: Is the colon after D.O.B. correct?
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Can I use a question mark for a list after a colon?

For example, After the incident, I was no longer sure who to blame: Ethan, Michael, or Jake? Or is there a better way to phrase this sentence?
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10 colons in 3 sentences in the 1928 Episcopal Nicene Creed: Why? How to parse?

Below is the text from The Book of Common Prayer (1928). I have long-wondered why it is written with this punctuation. Perhaps there is no definitive answer to that question. But surely you can parse ...
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Question about capitalization after a colon, as well as a few others going on in an otherwise-unimportant sentence I wrote [duplicate]

Not exactly a life-or-death situation here, it's just a YouTube comment I'm in the process of typing in a discussion on movies, the MCU, and the MCU's version of Spider-Man. Sometimes, I write a ...
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Is my use of a colon correct. If it is correct, is the sentence itself structured okay?

The traditional narrative is composed of two types of characters: dramatic characters, which are characters that see huge changes to their personality or core beliefs, and static characters, which are ...
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Comma at the End of a List Following a Colon

Is the following sentence written correctly? Bob's three favorite colors: black, red, and blue, are Emma's least favorite colors. Specifically, I'm asking about the comma following blue.
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Question regarding combining two independent clauses using colons [duplicate]

After doing research on the proper way of combining two independent clauses using colons, I wanted to confirm that the examples below are using them correctly. From my research, the second independent ...
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Is it correct to use a comma before naming a list of items in a sentence? [closed]

The question is about the first comma use in the sentences below. I have not seen such comma-punctuation in a sentence that continues with naming several listed items. Is the first comma in these ...
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How do I introduce a quoted clause within an independent clause?

How do we introduce a quoted clause within an independent clause? For example, when talking about why we say, "John passes away or passed away." How do we write it in a sentence? My sentence ...
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Proofreading for punctuation [closed]

His movies took the world by storm and set important conversations into motion #1[,] from criticizing domestic violence #2[,] which he had been a victim of #3[,] to advocating for free speech #4[,] a ...
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Punctuation usage

Referent power means the ability of a leader to influence his followers and instill in them respect, loyalty, admiration, affection and a desire to gain approval. Do I need to use punctuation after '...
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Which is better here, colon or dash?

Their style favors texture and timbre over more familiar and comforting musical elements; there is no beat, melody, or rhythm – only techno-cacophony. Can I switch the dash for a colon, like this? ...
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Are multiple colons in technical papers allowed? [closed]

Here is the context: There is a set of parameters defined by them, x: the number of boys, y: the number of girls, and z: the overall population size. I feel the punctuation usage is kind of a mess ...
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How to interpret two clauses separated by a semicolon, then followed with a colon

If two clauses separated by a semicolon are then followed with a colon, does the colon apply to only the second clause, after which it appears, or does it apply to both clauses being considered as a ...
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Is there a name for this format - '5:number :: k: ? '? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this format - 5:number :: k: ? ? The question mark in the above poses a question. The answer is supposed to be found out by looking the relation of previous pair. In this case ...
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How to punctuate and make concise a sentence that contains a list and then describes each item in the list?

How to punctuate and make concise a sentence that contains a list and then describes each item in the list? One possible structure of the sentence I would like to punctuate is: I do not have any ...
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Do you use a semicolon or colon before the word “that” in a sentence?

I just wanted to ask if a semicolon or colon is appropriate before the word “that” in a sentence. For example, I want to tell him that maybe it is the fact that I have been guarded every second of ...
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Is 'and' essential in a colon list? [duplicate]

I would like to know if an 'and' is always necessary before the last item in a colon list. Is the following correct, or should I place an 'and' before 'grapes'? The basket contained a variety of ...
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Should I use a colon after 'as'?

Do I need to place a colon after 'as' in the following sentence? The main subject of 'Animal Farm' is totalitarianism, which is defined as(:)'a system of government that is centralized and ...
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Is it okay to use 'to name a few' with a colon

Is the following sentence correct? The list had a variety of foodstuffs: oranges, apples, bananas and sardines to name a few. Is it okay to use the phrase 'to name a few' with a colon, and also do I ...
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colon followed by a question

I did some search on the Internet but am unable to get clarity on this. SET 1 Which of the following is correct? A) Have you: Ever purchased a blue car? Ever visited Hong Kong? Ever gone on a long ...
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Capitals after mdash

I would like to know if, in British English, if there is a question after emdash, do I need to start the question with a capital? for example —Do you know what this means? Also, what about a general ...
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Can I use a colon at the end of an incomplete sentence (see two example)?

Thank you for your help. Examples are provided below. Example A. Some people feel they must...: Prove their worth all the time. Put others down all the time. Example B. The pairings were as ...
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The use of colon in the middle of a sentence

Please let me know whether the below sentence is grammatically correct. I like 3 subjects: English, Mathematics, and Science, but the first one is always my favorite subject. The reason for raising ...
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Can I Use Two Colons in This Sentence?

Conversely, the substitution effect moves in the opposite direction: as the price of breakfast cereal rises, so does its opportunity cost: other goods become relatively cheaper and thus more ...
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Why this clause is dependent?

While preparing for my SAT, I encountered the following sentence: "According to a survey analysis, veterans returning to the University of Illinois had 6 one “predominating request”: an efficient ...
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Should you use quotation marks when transcribing an interview in which the speakers are identified before each quote?

I apologize if the title is unclear, as I couldn't find a great way to phrase this. What I'm asking is, which of the following would be correct? Interviewer: Good morning, thank you for joining me. ...
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What is the best way to punctuate titles that have subtitles with subtitles?

I am going through a few movies and I see Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Are that many colons appropriate? I am inclined to use em-dashes for the next subtitle, leading to Pokémon: Zoroark — ...
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To make this sentence clearer shall I use a colon?

In the following sentence as an example, the speaker meets two strangers that happen to be a fox and a cat. As he turned a corner, he came face to face with two strangers, a fox and a cat. Should the ...
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Captialization after a colon

Should I captialize the word after a colon if its a dependent clause? For example You are banned: violating our Terms and Services. OR You are banned: Violating our Terms and Services. Which one ...
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Use of semi colon or colon?

So I want to make a sentence presenting a list first and asking a question about it at the end. But I am confused whether semi colon should be used or colon should be used. I am of the view that colon ...
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Is a semicolon or colon needed after "including"?

Previous research has identified four individual factors which appear to predict this including**;** need to feel loved, need to be loved and self-esteem. Thanks everyone!
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