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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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Should Quotation-Ending Period Be Comma Unless Sentence Ending?

Now I'm checking Quotation Marks article by Grammarly. The article, for example, introduces “There was a storm last night,” Paul said. which uses a comma at the end of the quoted sentence, and John ...
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Punctuation of Isn't it

How would you punctuate the phrase It's a beautiful day, isn't it? Would you use a question mark or period at the end? My intent is to make it rhetorical. The full example is: She woke up alone, ...
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What is the maximum number of consecutive periods can be used in a grammatically-correct sentence? [duplicate]

I'm curious how many period characters can be in a row in a valid sentence. I acknowledge that there are different conventions for how to treat dots (e.g. treating an ellipsis as a single character or ...
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Can I use .". if I want both to end a sentence and to indicate that there was a period ending the sentence that I just quoted? [duplicate]

For example: In the original publication, the last sentence of the Introduction is: “I love dogs.”. This sentence should be replaced by: “I love cats.”.
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How do I start a sentence after a quote that did not end with a period

I have the following Erratum: The Editors regret that in the original article two formulations are misleading for the reader: In the original publication, the last sentence of the Introduction is: “...
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How can I unambiguously differentiate between the absence or presence of a period in a quote?

For example, take the following sentence that refers to a text message: This happened after she told me "Okay." If the original contents of the message did include a period, it would serve a ...
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Use of semicolon

In the following section: His presence was always looked forward to on the Sundays when he filled the pulpit, and he was a ready pastor at the weddings and funerals of Milford; he “had the reputation ...
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Placement of period in quotation or definition at end of sentence (American rule)

The American rule for sentences ending in a quotation is that the period should be inside the closing quotation mark. The rule for parentheticals at the end of a sentence is that, when the ...
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Punctuation, comma or not

You are beautiful, child, beautiful. You are beautiful, child. Beautiful. How should I punctuate the above sentence? thanks
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Punctuation before ending a quotation

I was reading an article and came across this sentence: “Much wow, Bercow hid his opposition to Brexit so very well when he was Speaker.,” Mark Wallace, executive editor of ConservativeHome, ...
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Where should the period/full stop go in this instance? [duplicate]

In a sentence that ends with a quoted proper name (of a newspaper), where should the "period" go? Currently it is this: the “Morning Call”. ...but that doesn't look right. Should it be this: the “...
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I just got to know him last year [closed]

"I just got to know him." If I'm not wrong this sentence means, I recently meet him? If that's the case, what does "I just got to know him last year" mean? One year is a long time, so what does this ...
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Regarding parentheses and the end of sentence period, when the parentheses begin in 1 sentence but end after a second complete sentence?

“Jim likes bananas (as well as apples. He also likes most vegetables).” The finished sentence in the beginning of the parentheses, with 1 or more complete sentences after the partial sentence, all ...
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Quotations and punctuation [duplicate]

The common usage I have been exposed to is that punctuation should only be in a quotation if it’s contained in the original source. So what if your quotation ends in a period and your quotation is ...
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Should an acronym that is ending a sentence have a period? [duplicate]

As an example, I have written this sentence: "People are trying to stop them from doing this in other countries, such as the U.N." Should this have a period at the end?
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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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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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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 ...