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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Using a comma in a sentence

Should there by a comma in the sentence: On that day in late September I went to look at puppies.
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How should the end of a quotation be punctuated?

I was reading a book where the dialogues of the actors were written in paragraphs. The dialogues, were broken down by the author into pieces of sentences, and between the pieces, the author inserted ...
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Is it incorrect to use a comma as a pause in this sentence:

"That, has been a long time coming!" A friend of mine insists that I should have used an ellipsis.
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Question marks (again!)

I'm sorry, I've looked at other places here, and can't find the exact answer - maybe the searching strategy I'm using isn't good. There are some related ones, though none solving this that I can see. ...
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Punctuating a question containing a quotation that itself contains a question, in MLA format

My literature teacher was explaining punctuation and its relation to quotations when writing a paper according to MLA guidelines and I thought of a question that he didn't have an answer to. I figured ...
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I was wondering if you'd like to come to the cinema with me this evening? Is the use of a question mark correct? [duplicate]

I wonder if we need to use a question mark following "I wonder" for requesting something. For example: I was wondering if you'd like to come to the cinema with me this evening? Is using the ...
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Grammar check - Too many commas [closed]

I am having difficulties in forming complex sentences especially in punctuation and in connecting subordinate clauses. Please check and let me know if below sentence has right punctuation and ...
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Comma or no comma between two independent clauses

Why is there no comma before and in the sentence below? One, you can see the covering over the wiring is a little frayed and you can start seeing the wires below it.
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Correct usage of comma- Specific sentence

I don't have a choice but to reply since I try my best to dispel hate, which you're proficient at. I wanted to know if the use of a comma is appropriate in the above sentence? What does the sentence ...
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Comma before “as” when it is a conjunction [duplicate]

Between two independent clauses, should one put a comma before the conjunction as? I went to the store as there was no milk in the refrigerator. If because replaced as as the conjunction, would ...
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Where should a period be placed when a sentence ends in a word that is meant to be copied exactly?

Where should a period be placed when a sentence ends in a word that is meant to be copied exactly? Contrived example: Let's say that my friend is house-sitting and I want to text them the password to ...
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Gapping comma in a list

Consider the following sentence: The baker may seem to be a gentleman, the butcher may seem to be a rascal, and the candlestick maker may seem to be a fool. Since the verb phrase "may seem to be" ...
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What is the correct way to punctuate the words ‘worse even’?

I’m unsure if this is written as: ‘Worse even, than...’ ‘Worse, even, than...’ ‘Worse, even than...’ Or without commas at all. I tried looking it up, but all I can find are examples of the usage ...
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What is the difference in the usage of punctuation with “For instance”,“For example”,“Such as” on the SAT?

Especially on the SAT writing section this kind of questions frequently happen, so I was wondering if anyone could give me a clear explanation on the English punctuation usage with this words during ...
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colon or dash? punctuation

Please suggest the correct punctuation at points 1, 2 and 3 in the following sentence: If you had to write an article, for example, reporting on events in any institution which cares for people (...
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Punctuation and listing two elements (when one of them is a list)

Wolf is a referee who provides scholarly peer review to the Israel Science Foundation and with the following journals:Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the Association of Environmental and ...
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Colon vs Semicolon vs Em Dash for this particular sentence

I am unsure as to whether a colon, a semicolon or an em dash should be used here: 1) Don't take his advice - he's the reason for your lack of success 2) Don't take his advice: he's the reason for ...
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Do the words “en dash” and “em dash” require a hyphen? [duplicate]

I have seen the compound words "en dash" and "em dash" sometimes appear with a hyphen ("en-dash") and sometimes without. Are both the hyphenated and the unhyphenated forms correct?
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“among others” and punctuation [closed]

I'm confused about the punctuation around the phrase among others. I've come across a comma before, after it, two commas or brackets enclosing the phrase... I know related questions have already been ...
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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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Question marks missing in J.P. Donleavy's “Ginger Man”

I am currently reading Ginger Man, by J.P. Donleavy, a paperback edition by Abacus (UK). I have noticed that in a lot of sentences that are typically questions, the question mark is missing. For ...
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Should a semicolon be used before both a coordinating conjunction and a conjunctive adverb?

Please see: http://academics.smcvt.edu/writingctr/semicolons.htm for reference. Now I understand that a semicolon could be used before a conjunctive adverb (eg: also, furthermore, therefore, etc..) ...
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Question followed by an explanation/clarification of the question

Is there a standard or preferred way to punctuate this sentence? Would you prefer that or the status quo, which is ... The first half is definitely a question, while the second half is definitely ...
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Usage of colon versus ellipsis when restating a definition

I'm editing a paper and came across a sentence which uses an ellipsis to separate the main idea from a restatement as follows: The suspicion that the butler committed the murder was just that... a ...
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How would I add dialogue to the middle of this sentence?

...greeting him with an awkward "Uh... so, how did it go?" For this sentence, how should I punctuate this? Should I add a comma to 'awkward' like this?: ...greeting him with an awkward, "Uh... so, ...
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How do you punctuate “ So basically” when it appears at the beginning of the sentence?

How should I write it: So, basically, we had to pay the fine. So basically we had to pay the fine. So, basically we had to pay the fine. OR So basically, we had to pay the ...
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When can commas be used to add additional information to a sentence?

The following sentence is grammatically correct, although it really doesn't sound like it is: I love oil spills, that is to say, great globs of cancer-inducing poison, not brown, that is mixed all ...
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Is the punctuation on this fitness related question correct?

When you set your shoulders back do you pause before pulling yourself up? for example, set shoulders back, pause, pull yourself up, or is it done as one continuous motion?
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Should an apostrophe be used when writing “predeceased by her husband's”? [migrated]

Should there be an apostrophe after husband when writing "she is predeceased by her husband's" or should it be husbands?
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Usage of Comma to remove ambiguity

Soon after the military operations, an 11 member committee headed by Mr. ABC was set up to suggest measures that would enhance the combat capability of the armed forces and to also, balance defence ...
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When using title case, how should hyphenated words be capitalized? [closed]

Here's one title that includes a hyphenated words. Also this includes a word that is sometimes capitalized in title case. Aliens are coming in the not-too-distant future! Or an article called: ...
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Should a question mark be used when describing a question but not asking the question?

For example: Bob Smith, creates a film that questions what the best way to raise child is and what is happiness in the first place. Should a question mark be used after each 'question'?
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How is this solved?! is it Essential or Non-Essential? [duplicate]

while I've been prepping for the SAT using The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar Workbook by Erica L. Meltzer I encountered this question: Sentence: Before a vaccine was finally discovered by an ...
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I'm trying to enumerate some things in the middle of a sentence

I'm currently writing my thesis paper and i'm trying to enumerate some stuff in the middle of the sentence. It goes like this. "The results of the study will be able to describe and give useful ...
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Dashes: are they needed at the beginning and the end of an offset list?

This may be something that comes down to personal preference, but I haven't thought about it before today. An Example: Our lotions contains 3 natural moisturizers - aloe, sunflower seed oil and ...
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Comma missing in the sentence

Following question appeared in a test which I took recently. Select the most appropriate option that can substitute the underlined part of the sentence. If no substitution is required, select 'No ...
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Hyphen Versus Parentheses

So, I absolutely use too many parentheses in my writing and yet, I have what I consider parenthetic things that I want to express. So what exactly should I do? I've been playing around with hyphens ...
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Comma - American versus British, Really? [duplicate]

So, from my writing infancy, my High School Teacher Mom taught me never to place a comma before the conjunction in any list of more than 2 things and yet there seems to be quite some debate about it, ...
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Should I put a comma after “well”? [duplicate]

Good news. Peter is doing well(,) considering the circumstances.
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Can “either” be used as an adverb, and if so does it require, allow, or prohibit the use of a comma when so used?

Can either be used as an adverb, and if so, does it always take a comma when it is? And is the following statement correct in congruence with my question? I believe there is some mistake that I don't ...
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regarding the correct/incorrect use of the comma [duplicate]

There is a building which is taller than all others known as the Burj Khalifa. Is a comma necessary after "others", which makes the sentence: There is a building which is taller than all others, ...
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How do you use punctuation when describing something using three words? [closed]

"Humans are a large complex organism" how would I correctly use punctuation here?
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Comma placement: two prepositions in one sentence

In the following sentence, should there be a comma in front of "pulsed?" Deposited thin films by means of, and prepared targets for pulsed laser deposition.
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How best to punctuate a list of quoted questions?

This may not show up in common usage, but I write assessment reports and will often have to document the patient has several remaining questions for their physician. Since the report will be kept ...
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Correct use of weeks'

Consider the following statement: I have four assessments due in a weeks' time. Here, the four assessments are due in one week. I am unsure if the apostrophe is placed correctly, i.e. is weeks' ...
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Semicolon usage for question-statement combos

I have read the various postings here about how and how not to use semicolons, but I've not seen and answer anything about how to deal with end of the sentence punctuation with sentence-statement ...
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punctuation: the 20 to 30 year old age group

I'd like to know how "the 20 to 30 year old age group" is punctuated in standard English. "30-year-old" should be hyphenated. What about "20 to 30"? Any principles at work? I'd appreciate your help.
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If for any reason (,) - comma?

Dear English native speakers! Could you please tell me, if a comma is needed in this sentence: If for any reason (,) you are not 100 satisfied with the quality of our services, we will refund 100% of ...
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Comma required or not

I was writing the below sentence and I'm puzzled which one would be the correct sentence. In my humble opinion, 2nd sentence looks wrong as comma is not required. Second part of the sentence "I ...
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Why the comma is used in the sentence by Jane Austen [duplicate]

I cannot understand the usage of comma after "chapel" in this sentence: Its long, damp passages, its narrow cells and ruined chapel, were to be within her daily reach, and she could not entirely ...