Questions tagged [punctuation]

This tag is for questions about punctuation. This encompasses marks such as the period/full stop, comma, dash, and parentheses, used to separate structural units and perform other roles that clarify the meaning. USE THE 'SYMBOLS' tag for currency symbols, accents and so forth.

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Punctuating dialogue interrupted by speaker?

When a speaker briefly interrupts their own dialogue, then resumes in the same paragraph, how do you punctuate the interruption? I know that, when it doesn't halt speech (i.e. dashes outside quotes), ...
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Why are some of the words capitalized even though they do not refer to God or something Godly?

I am fairly new to poetry and I understand from the Bible that something related to God/God is usually capitalized. Why is it that in the Milton's poem, When I consider how my light is spent, the ...
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Specific use of semi-colon

This is not so much a general question as it is a request for specific advice on one instance, but could you tell me if my usage of a semi-colon in the below phrase is correct? The professor did not "...
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How the sentence below isn't a run-on sentence?

A wire brush periodically swept the cotton off the blade and prevented the machine from jamming. Shouldn't the sentence be like this? A wire brush periodically swept the cotton off the blade, and ...
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What kind of punctuation marks to use in writing this?

We have something called dhikr in Islam. We repeat the same word hundreds or thousands of times, e.g. Subhanallah subhanallah subhanallah subhanallah subhanallah subhanallah subhanallah ...
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Comma use in a lengthy compound/complex sentence

I'm confused as to what the appropriate commas would be in this rather lengthy compound sentence. I've added the commas, but somehow it doesn't feel quite correct and seems over-punctuated. Are there ...
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Is “along with” always set off by commas or preceded by a comma?

Moreover, yoga, stretching, and mobility along with strengthening exercises for the back, abdomen, and leg muscles play an important role in the management of lower back pain. Do I need to set a ...
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Understanding when to use a comma

I really have issues understanding when to use a comma. In the above example, I'm not sure if I'm using it correctly or not. On the last slide, please fill out SPOC names to reach out to, for ...
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Should commas *always* be followed by spaces?

When teaching and proofreading, I often come across examples of commas without spaces following them (e.g. "London,UK" or "apples,oranges,bananas"). In addition to correcting these, I would like to ...
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Using “doc” as an abbrevation for “document”

I'm unsure what the correct way to write "doc" is when used as an abbreviation of the word "document" in informal speech. Is it acceptable, or gradually starting to become acceptable, to omit the ...
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Isn't this comma erroneous? Otherwise, what “type” of comma is it?

So I'm going through The Elements of Style Workbook, and I'm on a section where they give us a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson written as follows: What must I do, is all that concerns me, not what ...
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Words as Words—Dreyer’s English

Dreyer’s English, by Benjamin Dreyer, is a new grammar and punctuation book I recently purchased. To form plurals of words as words, he encloses the word in quotes and places the “s” outside the ...
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Another question regarding usage of comma vs. semicolon

Which sentence is correct? The link you provided me is not correct, it is a link for xyz. or this: The link you provided me is not correct; it is a link for xyz.
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Punctuation question: for the first time [duplicate]

I am unsure how to punctuate the following sentence correctly. I want to stress that previous algorithms have not taken into account environmental conditions. We present an algorithm that, for the ...
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What is the proper way to structure this sentence?

I have the following sentence: The pact brought power; power, notoriety; and notoriety, the authorities. Is this the correct way to distribute the verb "brought" to the rest of the noun pairs ...
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Should an apostrophe be used in this context?

Should an apostrophe be used in the word "individual's" in the sentence "... may disagree with some individual's worldview"? I'm unsure if the word "individual" is possessive in this context.
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Do I use brackets, dashes or colons for this long sentence?

I like to think of myself as hygienic (I sweep the floor often) and handsome (the mirror does not crack at my reflection). OR I like to think of myself as hygienic and handsome: I sweep the floor ...
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Em dash instead of comma?

I am confused about the use of em dashes and when a comma can be substituted for an em dash. This is an SAT question that I am trying to solve. The system works by making ice at night, when lower ...
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Writing “U-shaped” and “V-shaped” in novel

If you are describing a valley as U-shaped, what is the correct way to write that in a novel. U-shaped U shaped u shaped u-shaped "U" shaped "U"-shaped other variations?
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Should a colon be used after “for example”?

I am having difficulty deciding when a colon should be used in a sentence. I have a specific example that I was unable to resolve via browsing the web The research centre will use confidence ...
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Appositive List Punctuation

I'm writing a sentence in which I want to list several names, but also include appositive descriptions for each one. It looks like this: "Here, we find Arachne, who boasted that her weaving was better ...
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Which came first in English, capitalization of first word in sentence, or period?

Does Old English have the idea of capitalized first letter of words? And does it have the idea of periods? I know periods sort of came about in Latin perhaps, but don't know what came first. Did we ...
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Should I place a comma before ‘considering’? [closed]

Example sentence: Susie thought it likely that Mary would avoid her today, considering the way she stormed off last night. If because of took the place of considering in this sentence, there would ...
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Punctuation after a list introduction sentence

Here is an except from a technical document I'm currently working on: After creating a table, ... Set up the caption: [here goes a one-line instruction]. Change the measurement unit from ...
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Height measurements and commas

MY RESEARCH: The new Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, shows these examples: a seven-pound, eight-ounce baby a six-foot-two [or six-foot, two-inch] adult six feet two [or six feet, two inches ...
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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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It's embarrassing <?> the extremes he'll go to in order to impress his boss

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: It's embarrassing the extremes he'll go to in order to impress his boss. Why is this sentence correct without any punctuation after "it's embarrassing", e.g. a ...
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Colon vs semicolon in instructions

I have consulted many punctuation guides, but I am still uncertain on which to use when writing instructions. For example: Pick a player: she cannot participate in the first round. or Pick a player; ...
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Use of em dash to separate different speakers in a quotation(s)

Suppose there are three characters, each saying something different outside of a room and you are listening to them from inside of the room. What is the correct way to punctuate the following using em ...
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Does a poem title inside prose need a period?

In a scenario where a piece of prose includes a piece of poetry, read by one of the characters, and the poem has a title, does the title need to end with a period, such as in the example below: ...
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What punctuation did the original manuscript of Beowulf have?

I am trying to find information on the punctuation of the Beowulf Manuscript, but not getting much. I found an image online of what appears to be a front page of an old looking book, but I'm not sure ...
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Teeth of a dragon

Engineers (originally military but now spreading to roadway and other civil) sometimes use "dragons teeth" which are small concrete pyramids to prevent vehicular access, named presumably from the ...
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That’s what makes Tony Tony

In each below, should there be an intervening comma between the two repeated words? That’s what makes Tony Tony. (what makes Tony who he is.) That’s what makes her her. (Same logic.) That’s what ...
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Proper way to introduce a term by two names in writing [duplicate]

When introducing a term that can go by more than one name, it is common to mention the name followed by "or", the second name, and then the rest of the statement, explanation, or what have you. When ...
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Why there is a comma

I have read a passage recently, but there is something that makes me confused. Why there is a comma after "eliminate", before "many", and I reckon that this sentence may be correct without the comma. ...
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Should I remove the comma in the sentence? [closed]

I have a sentence in my writing: I believe that my interest, abilities, combined with my IT experiences make me an ideal candidate for this programme. The Grammarly application suggests to add a ...
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Setting up quotes

Can someone please tell me which one is correct? Club president of the home economics club John Smith commented, “ or Club president of the home economics club, John Smith, commented, “
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Proper use of coordinating conjunctions

Please, are these ideas connected properly by "and"? The thesis statement concisely states the main idea or argument of the essay, sets limits on the topic, and can indicate the organization of ...
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When please is at the end of the request, but before a name, should there be a comma before and after the word 'please'?

I have found similar questions but couldn't find an answer to fit mine, so I am sorry if I have asked a question which has already been asked. This is an example of the sentence: "Sit down please ...
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What is the name of this type of mark?

Is there a name for this mark? It sits below a letter as a means of showing an abbreviation. (In this case, Established abbreviated to Estd.) I've seen it used in the form below in place of an ...
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Is the vocative comma a recent thing?

It's usually considered necessary in the modern day, but I find the further back you go, the less frowned on its absence seems to be. I seem to remember a few vocative sentences in The Hobbit without ...
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What is an Oxford comma and how do you use it? [duplicate]

I didn't even know this existed. What is it? How do you use it?
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Can a comma be used before 'and' here?

Is it appropriate to use a comma in these examples? We, however, discussed ways of improving the school's standard so as to increase the admission rate of students this year, and scheduled the next ...
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Colon usage check with example

I just need some clarification on whether the colon usage in this example is correct: ‘Desperation, destruction and despair: hope evaporated into fog.’ As a general rule, I always think of colons ...
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Should you put a comma after a question mark in a title in quote marks? [duplicate]

The convention would be to drop a comma after a question mark in normal speech: “Do you want to come to the movies with us?” Mary asked. Rather than: “Do you want to come to the movies with us?”...
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Punctuating a sentential quote within a question [duplicate]

Is this sentence: What kind of a mother would say, "That backpack looks ugly on you."? correctly punctuated?
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Italicizing a word within a quoted sentence

When quoting someone, is it allowable to bring attention to a particular word by italicizing it if it wasn't originally italicized by the author? I have two quotes from different people on the same ...
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How to write arithmetics inline in a sentence?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the following sentence (this is about maritime and ports): If you are fixing a 10 days port call in a month having a 0.5 ratio would result in (10 x 0.5 = 5 days) ...
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Date and time on one line

How does one display a date and a time on one line? Example: Sep 25, 2019 20:59 How would this be displayed on one line? Adding another , after 2019 does not look/feel right to me. Is there a rule?
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A dot in the middle of the sentence

I want to ask for your advice. Is it correct to put a dot in the middle of the sentence after the name of a book or a document? Or shall I put the name of a book in quotation marks? For example: ...