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Questions tagged [period]

The period or full-stop is a punctuation mark which is represented by a point (.) This tag does not discuss time.

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2 or more dots is an ellipsis … or something else?

As a transcriber, I have seen many ways dots are used in literature —mostly to avoid redundancy. But I have seen dots unspaced from single letters, such as in the phrase "Guess the city: N.. Y..." The ...
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Do you maintain the period of an abbreviation if it contains an apostrophe? [duplicate]

This one stumps me. If writing a sentence that uses an abbreviation such as "Johnson and Co.", but then you make the name possessive, do you write it as "Co.'s" or "Co's" and remove the period after ...
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Can a punctuation mark at the end of a quote be changed to a period to end a sentence?

For example, say I wanted to quote the following line of poetry: "To cloke your weariness;" The line ends in a semicolon. However, what would I do if I wanted to quote it at the end of a sentence? ...
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What's proper punctuation for a sentence ending with an abbreviation followed by a parenthetical phrase? [duplicate]

Other questions here address a sentence ending in an abbreviation, and when a sentence-ending abbreviation is followed by a question-mark. But what about when a sentence-ending abbreviation is ...
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What are the rules surrounding a hyphen following an abbreviation?

For instance, if something is owned by Apple Inc. does that make the compound phrasal adjective 'Apple Inc.-owned'? Or would I omit the period?
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Is a comma appropriate in “Sounds good, thanks.”

If I am writing "Sounds good, thanks.", is a comma appropriate between "Sounds good" and "thanks"? It seems awkward/too much to instead do "Sounds good; thanks." or "Sounds good. Thanks." Would the ...
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How many words does a Period entail?

What is the minimum number of words that need to be observed for the last word to be punctuated with a period? For instance, I have a Topic/Label with 4 words that reads like a sentence ("Dialog ...
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If I end a sentence with initials do I add a second period? [duplicate]

If a sentence has someone's initials as the last word, do I add a second period? Example: And that was the last they saw of T.J. or And that was the last they saw of T.J..
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Where do periods go when a statement in parenthesis ends in an abbreviation [duplicate]

I know that the standard use is that an abbreviation at the end of a sentence that would normally end with a period has just a single period. I also know that a sentence that ends with a statement in ...
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Using small letter after a period [duplicate]

Is the second sentence correct? This is a dummy sentence. interk is the best service provider. Here "interk" is the name of a service provider, which is registered with first letter small.
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Yeah. No! Or Yeah, no! [closed]

What is the proper grammar to use with the phrase: Yeah, no? Where no is the correct answer? For example if someone asked: Do you like him? Would you reply with: "Yeah. No!" Or "Yeah, no!...
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What is the proper way of using brackets and periods in quotes?

I'm writing an essay. I know that I can alter or add words by using square brackets. However, I'm not sure if changing a case of a single letter applies to that rule. I didn't actually use square ...
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History of Periods in Ads, Headlines

I've noticed that historic ads often contain periods (full stops) in the headlines (this is no longer common practice). An example is a ghostsign (old faded building sign) in Cleveland, Ohio, that ...
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Where should be period be placed when a sentence ends with a quote in parentheses? [duplicate]

As the title suggests, where should a period be placed when a sentence ends with a quote inside of parentheses? For example (and yes, I know this is a weird example): Henry tripped on his shoelace ...
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Abbreviation period followed by a comma? [duplicate]

Is this correct usage? I've been up since 2 a.m., and I need a break. Are the period and comma correct after the a.m.?
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Should I use a comma or a period in this sentence

Which of the sentences below is correct? My friend said the comma between holiday and can is correct, but I disagree. I feel like the sentence is better structured when you have a period between ...
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Using slash (/) as an abbreviation

As far as I know, a period is commonly used for an abbreviation (e.g., Feb., Mon., Inc.). But I can also see a slash in these cases: w/, w/o. Is there any grammar rule for an abbreviation? or is ...
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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 ...
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how to express period until event

So let's say today is Monday and there will be a party on Friday. How should I say when the party is: the party is in 3 days or the party is in 4 days? Also, is this sequence of time periods ...
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Is “et al” always accompanied by a period?

In this sentence, is it necessary to include a period with et al? This is an interesting paper, written by G. Andrews et al. Here, et al means Dr. X, Dr. Y, and Dr.Z. Does the second et al need a ...
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Plural form of abbreviations and using a period at the end

I was reading in Mignon Fogerty's Quickanddirtytips_When you need periods after abbreviations about the guidelines she gives covering the use of periods at the end of abbreviations ... when you should ...
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Are .). and .), correct notations? [duplicate]

I am trying to tie together some pieces of grammar here. Specifically: What is proper full-stop and comma notation in combination with parentheses? The issue shows when abbreviations are involved as ...
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“Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” vs. “Bitter, sweet, alive.” [closed]

Here is a quote by Joanne Harris: Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive. Shouldn’t there be commas instead of full stops in the list at the end, ...
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How should I refer to a number paragraph or section of a contract? Do I include the decimal after the section number?

Which is the correct sentence for referring to a section of a contract that is labeled 13? In this regard, the relevant terms of paragraph 13 state.... OR In this regard, the relevant terms of ...
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Punctuating a quoted question within a quoted statement

I'm working on a story, and I find myself faced with something of a quandary. Specifically, I need to know the proper style for the following: “I have thousands of them,” the commissioner answered,...
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How does one end a sentence correctly when using a quote excerpt?

Apologies if this has already been answered, I have searched but couldn't find anything. Also I'm not using American English, so periods are outside of the quotations by default. What's the correct ...
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Can you put a period after a quote? [closed]

Albert Einstein once said: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” With quotations, can you put a period after the quotation ...
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Can a sentence have two or more successive separate sentences in its womb?

This website, upon crossing the milestone of 250 reviews, has sent me a message (in the field entitled "Achievements", being one of three fields that are there on the left side of the black band ...
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Period as abbreviation and bullet point usages

Usage questions surrounding period (.) Plural after abbreviation do you add s? e.g. certificates->cert.s, environments->env.s, configurations->config.s? as bullet points period or bracket goes first?...
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Does a period, semicolon, comma, or nothing go there?

Recently, I was being tongue in cheek when I wrote the following words: I'm quite dead, I assure you. Someone felt inclined to correct my grammar and say that it was a comma splice. They suggested ...
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Using “so” at the end of a sentence without an ellipsis

In American English, we often add a drawn out "so" at the end of a sentence to imply an outcome. Example: Jane wanted to go out, but I was tired, so we didn't. Rather than say "we didn't" at the ...
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Using a full stop, question mark, apostrophe and a comma all at the same time in a sentence (in UK English)

Would .?', in the following sentence be correct? A man asked 'how many are red, how many are green, etc.?', so I tried to find out.
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Is it acceptable to have a period inside and outside of a quotation mark, if the inner period should be specifically specified in a quote?

For example, say I needed to specify that the following sentence should be written exactly as it appears: Use eye protection. Example: The statement previously appeared in the document as "Use eye ...
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Where to put a period when you quote a title at the end of the sentence? [duplicate]

Which one is correct?: I have never heard of "Oranges". or I have never heard of "Oranges."
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Sentences ending with two periods. Is this always a typo?

Here's the example (right before the second photo) I saw today prompting me to ask. I have seen this on multiple occasions. A lot of them in web articles actually. I always thought that this might ...
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Is a period used after a stand alone phrase?

If you have a stand-alone phrase, such as "Serving Washington and the United States since 1700" as your brand, should it have a period after it? I say no but our graphic designer insists on putting ...
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Rule of punctuation when a principal sentence is followed by two or more subordinate sentences

I put below a text I found in a written reply I came across: "...in the Audit Report, it is stated that we did not rebut the Draft Audit Report (DAR). The actual fact is otherwise: we had prepared ...
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Can the period be dropped in “vs” when used as part of a compound modifier?

I'm editing a passage. I'm not bound by a style guide. I think that I could omit the period after vs and not break any punctuation rules. The boss said that the hyphens are required because the names ...
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Which independent clause should a sentence immediately following a coordination of the two independent clauses be interpreted to refer to?

Consider the following coordination of two independent clauses (joined by "but"): Homework is due in my office hour on Tuesday, but (emphasis added) you may hand it to me earlier, e.g., in lecture ...
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Is it ever correct to omit periods at the ends of paragraphs?

I encountered this claim from a user on cooking who seems to consistently remove periods at the ends of paragraphs: Never use them. They have no place on electronic media, they are a legacy device? ...
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When putting “etc.” in the middle of a sentence, do you use “etc,” or “etc.,” or “etc.”?

Example: If you forgot your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorent, etc., you will not be allowed to attend. Make sure you bring your fishing pole, tackle, bait, etc. as we will not make any stops. ...
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Period after abbreviation (Ltd) [closed]

Where should periods be placed in this sentence: "XYX signed the contract with ABDC Ltd (ABCL)." Should there be a period after Ltd, or is just one period after the paranthesis OK?
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How to deal with a period in the middle of my quotation

I don't know how to deal with the period in this quotation (or similar quotations where a period appears in the middle). Is my version 1 below acceptable or do I need to break it down (as in 2)? ...
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Are periods placed inside quotes, or outside? [duplicate]

If, for example I have this sentence: He started a website, SaveSandy.org, however this website is currently “Under maintenance”. Does the period go on the outside, or the inside of the quotation ...
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How to punctuate two 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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Period usage when abbreviating at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

Regarding the following expression, we can realize that the period character is of dual functionality in its nature: partly denoting the abbreviation, partly being used to end the sentence. I like ...
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Adding a period to finish a non-sentence

I am curious about whether I should end non-sentences (or very elliptical sentences, if you will) with a period. For example, I am writing some documentation for some computer code. In this usually I ...
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How to punctuate a sentence ending in a code block on Stack Exchange

A lot of time when I'm writing a Programming Puzzles & Code Golf challenge, I need to incorporate multiline blocks of code like this into my sentences. Many times, it's simplest to have them at ...
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Abbreviation with parentheses [duplicate]

Which is correct? I work for Jan-Carol Graphics (JCG). or I work for Jan-Carol Graphics (JCG.)
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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 ...