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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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Which indefinite article should be used before a period followed by a vowel: "a(n) .ir domain"?

I am writing an email and I just realized I am a bit baffled. I do not think there is a proper convention to this, unless there is and I have not heard of it. This is in regards to registering ...
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How to write initials? [duplicate]

What is the correct way to write my initials? MDH or M.D.H. (with or without the periods?)
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Why can't a full stop be used to end titles and section headings?

According to many official sources a full stop should not be used to end titles [1, 2]. But they never mention why. Other questionable sources mention using a full stop to end a title lowers reading ...
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How would you name the different types of periods? ~ Translating ‘punto seguido’, ‘punto y aparte’ and ‘punto final’

In Spanish, we have different names for the different types of periods: If the period is inside a paragraph, it's called punto seguido. If the period ends a paragraph, it's called punto y aparte. If ...
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Is the double space after full stops actually wrong? [duplicate]

I came across a website the other day with an article detailing grammar mistakes that really annoy the writer and how they’ve become so frequently used that people don’t know what’s right and wrong ...
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Is it ok for the period to go after/outside the quotation mark? [duplicate]

I typically end sentences with the phrase: ...annexed hereto is Exhibit "A". In such a case is grammatically acceptable that the period is outside the ending quotation mark? Inside the ...
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Should I include a period in a quote when the quote is in middle of a sentence?

I have the following sentence: In a disappointed and irritated tone, my mom suddenly said, “I always thought Sue would marry a Chinese person” right in front of him. Do I need to include a period ...
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Should I use a period or comma in the dialogue preceding "nodded" or "gestured"? [duplicate]

Not the first time the question appears. I was wondering about usage of commas and periods in dialogues. Here’s an example from the recent book I chanced upon: “The tea,” she gestured. “Snakes are ...
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Period usage in Figures and Table captions [closed]

In technical writing I see that some templates do no use a period after Figure number. For eg I see "Fig 1 Machine Schematic" instead of "Fig 1. Machine Schematic". I see the ...
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Should a period or comma be used before "instead" in "Because bananas are not orange, instead, bananas are yellow"?

Joe: This banana is orange. Niel: No, this banana is yellow. Joe: Why do you say that? Niel: Because bananas are not orange, instead, bananas are yellow. Joe: You think in a funny way. Another way ...
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Is "nor" used correctly here as a conjunction? ("nor" at the beginning of a sentence)

I came across this sentence when I searched for the definition of the word "nor": "Cooking quickly doesn't mean sacrificing flavour. Nor does fast food have to be junk food." ...
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Semicolons, full-stops and comma-splices [duplicate]

I came across these two sentences whilst editing today, and wondered what your opinions on the correct variations would be: They're great, I love them. vs. They're great; I love them. vs. They're ...
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One or two full points after "cc" meaning "centuries"? [duplicate]

Would you put one or two full points after "cc" (referring to "centruries") when "cc" is the last word of a sentence? For instance: This event had a great impact on the ...
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Where do I put the period when I'm quoting?

If I quote someone, the quote ends in a period, and I end the sentence with the quote, where do I put the period? Inside the quotation marks or outside the quotation marks? I'm tempted to put a period ...
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Can I use an ellipsis (three dots) when I'm about to tell a story?

Consider the following sentence: So how this method is useful, you might say. Here's the story. and then I'm telling the story from a new paragraph. So my question is can I use an ellipsis at the ...
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Where the heck do I put a period in these sentences?

Hullo all, I've been given a doozy of a job that is thick with sentences like this: Student will demonstrate emphasizing with the feelings of another by remembering a similar past experience and ...
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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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Should a semicolon be used before a clause that's mostly a quotation? For example: he “had the reputation of a good preacher.”

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 [duplicate]

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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Colon versus separate sentences

They do not hesitate in bending the truth however they see fit to their cause. At times they are rigorous and precise; at times they just play dumb. versus They do not hesitate in bending 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"?

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 ...
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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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