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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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Questions on “In the breaking and remaking, in the timing, interweaving, beginning afresh”

Below is an extract from a textbook. I have several questions on the boldfaced part. Please help. I have known very few writers, but those I have known, and whom I respect, confess at once that ...
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Punctuation in lists that end mid-sentence

I know that we can introduce a list with a semicolon or an em dash, but nowhere can I find any rules on punctuation when a list ends mid-sentence. Say I have a sentence that goes like this: Lawn ...
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the 200 mile-journey or the 200-mile journey

The original sentence: Because the Moon has only an eightieth of the Earth's mass, it requires 97 per cent less energy to travel the quarter of a million miles from the Moon to Earth-orbit than ...
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Is this a common way to list items?

The original sentence: He must, for example, perceive an egg as a simple single solid shape, quite apart from its significance as food, or from the literary idea that it will become a bird. And so ...
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When do I put a comma after a city name? [on hold]

Should there be a comma after Detroit in the sentence'He was born in Detroit on July 3, 1902?
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Is this a complex sentence or a compound sentence?

Below is the original sentence from a book: Such birds do us good, though we no longer take omens from their flight on this side and that; and even the most superstitious villagers no longer take ...
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how to punctuate a series of on a essay paragraph? [closed]

e.g Where do we go when we are collecting information about a product or looking for an answer, what do we mostly use to communicate with our loved ones or business associates that are kilometres away ...
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How do you call a symbol “—||—” for repeating something that has already been written? Does it have a name at all?

For example, it's used like that: IEC 61508 Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic safety-related systems — Part 2. Requirements for ... —||— Part 3. Glossary Or, to be precise, this is how it ...
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I got confused by these commas and 'or' [closed]

"Acerbic: sharply or bitingly critical, sarcastic, or ironic in temper, mood, or tone" I got confused by these commas and 'or'. Does the sentence divide like this: sharply/ bitingly critical in temp, ...
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question about commas

Could someone help me with the below sentence? I am travelling to New York, California and Venice in July and my friend Mary suggests I should also visit Rome. Do I need any more commas? Do I ...
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(I redesigned the entire magazine as well but that’s another story)

Finally, can someone settle the argument about the period going inside or outside of the close paren in this free-standing sentence?
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Punctuation mark Quotation [duplicate]

I have noticed recently in books a disparity with regards to punctuation marks around quotes. In one example I saw a punctuation mark (in this case a full stop) was placed inside the closing ...
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Proper punctuation

The fact that the organisation had improved its security, prior to a whistle blower's complaint in 2015 may have worked in it's favour now. In the above statement, I intend to mean that the ...
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semi-colon here yes or no

"No cats, no dogs; no food, no water," I said. Is this the proper use of a semicolon? It sounds abrupt with a period there.
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Punctuation query

Originally developed by ancient Hawaiians, surfing appeals to people due to the sport’s unusual confluence of adrenaline, skill, and high paced manoeuvring, an unpredictable backdrop that is, by turns,...
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a question on a dependent clause of manner with direct quotes

The following is the last sentence of the text in a reputable textbook. As Daniel Goldin of NASA observed,'Finding life elsewhere would change everything. No human endeavor or thought would be ...
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Correct punctuation while explaining meaning of multiple terms

I am adding a caption to a figure in my Master's thesis. The phrase is basically a verbose legend of the image. I want to say something along the lines of: Purple pixels mark image area without a ...
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Is this an incomplete sentence?

The following sentences are from a reputable textbook. ...The survey revealed a large number of sources of noise that we really dislike. Lawn mowers whining on a summer's day, late-night parties in ...
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In British English, which is more common — the em dash or the en dash?

I'm reasonably certain the em dash is more common than the en dash in American English. But which of the two is more common in British English?
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Comma vs semicolon in if / otherwise sentence

I suggested to someone recently that they reword a sentence (in a web standards specification document, if it matters) to: Let A be 1 if B is true and C is X, 2 otherwise. Someone else agreed ...
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Should there be a comma after 'I thought' if this phrase is followed by an italicised thought?

For example, if writing: I thought, she may miss him, but tonight you can't tell. should there be a comma after 'I thought', or any other punctuation for that matter? I know commas are often used ...
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What is the correct punctuation for a repeated word?

I'm creating a presentation for school and I want to title my presentation "The not so secret secret to weight loss" My meaning is that people act as if it is a secret when in fact it is very common ...
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How to write a dash

My teacher wants us to write essays with "MLA formatting," and I was wondering whether a dash should be written in MLA as two keyboard "minus signs" aka hyphens (--) or use the actual special ...
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Punctuation: Which sentence is correct? [migrated]

Edit: (I apologize if my question does not make sense. English is not my first language) Hello, I have just started learning English from online resources and I cannot figure out which sentence is ...
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Signage punctuation

I am erecting posts to display house name signs, the houses are served via a private driveway. I would like to say the on the top panel ‘ Private driveway for ‘ 2nd panel would be 1st house name 3rd ...
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How would one punctuate a sentence which began as a question but ended with a statement? [migrated]

The sentence is "Can I ride with you because the other car is already full"
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How to use full stops with initials? [closed]

For my project I need to write the initials DMRD which stands for discipline, maturity, Remember Death, (originally I was just going to use DMD for discipline, maturity and death- however it is a ...
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Do exclamation and question marks always end a sentence?

It is true that exclamation and question marks end sentences in the same way a period does. Don't do that! Would you like to go out to eat? However, in a more complex sentence, do exclamation ...
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Why do psychology researchers frequently misplace commas, in relationship to coordinating conjunctions? [closed]

If a comma belongs next to a coordinating conjunction, it should precede (see Should I use a comma before "and" or "or"?, https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/...
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How do you punctuate a sentence asking whether a person is also someone else?

How do you correctly punctuate a sentence where it is asked if another person is also someone else? For example: "Is Greg Dr. Jones?" (which, in this context, is the same as asking "is Greg ALSO Dr. ...
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A semi-colon before a “comprised of” list, or a new sentence?

I'm writing something along the lines of The service is comprised of two parts; detailed tracking, and logging. Should I employ the semi-colon, as above, or is a colon more appropriate? Or should ...
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Is my comma usage correct in this sentence?

"When there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, too much heat is trapped from the Sun’s light rays, dramatically increasing the global temperature."
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Comma + as phrase

I am a bit confused about the use of commas before and after the "as" phrase. I mean, is it possible that there is no comma before and after such a phrase? For instance, the man AS YOUR GUARDIAN will ...
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Should I write numbers in words or as numerals when there are multiple next to each other?

I hope this is not off-topic: How do you write things like this: The machine was tested in 5 3-players games, 2 4-players games... Or: five 3-players games, two 4-players games... I want to say e.g....
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Convention or grammatical reason for commas around non-identifying relative clauses

Is there any grammatical reason why non-identifying relative clauses are separated by commas or is it simply a convention?
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Are guillemets used at all in English?

Guillemets are, by Oxford Dictionaries definition: Each of a pair of punctuation marks (« ») used as quotation marks in French and other European languages. This is backed up by Wiktionary: ...
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Simultaneous comma and dash use

There are a lot of posts asking if it's okay to mix commas and dashes like this: I walked my dog – who is nice, around the neighborhood. And that's definitely not correct. But what about the case ...
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How do I punctuate a negated list?

I am trying to give this meaning “they wanted fewer bugs, fewer blue screens, and fewer viruses.”, but with fewer words. The first attempt “They wanted fewer bugs, blue screens, and viruses.”. Does ...
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Use of comma and dash

Which is correct? Please explain this? The system works by making ice at night, when lower power usage means energy is cheaper and lower temperatures require less power to freeze water. The system ...
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Do I need the hyphen?

"Part-Time" in the beginning of this sentence is technically a compound adjective to employment, but it is separated by "or temporary." Do I still hyphenate "part-time"? The same question holds for "...
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Do I need a comma? [duplicate]

The man I met was a smelly redheaded middle-ager. Do I need a comma here after smelly? It is really hard to post here because of the constant rejection of my question body or tags.
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I came across the following sentence. Is the comma before “but” essential?

Chelsea, a big club for many years now, has a habit of producing players with good potential, but most of the academy graduates do not get a chance to play for the senior squad.
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Comma after Yeah

Yeah, but it seems like I will reach by 12.00 pm. Is it grammatically correct, is comma is required after "Yeah". When should someone use comma. If possible provide examples.
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What is the correct punctuation usage for 'thus' in this sentence?

"They believe technology serves humankind by empowering us with access to information and the ability to spread that useful information; thus, enriching our lives."
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Do I need a semicolon to separate two items with internal commas in a numbered run-in list sentence?

I asked this Q in ELL, but I found related Qs here. Here is a numbered run-in list sentence. (A) The UI program provides temporary income support to (1) eligible unemployed workers while they ...
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Please help me to clarify which sentence is correct? Thank you in advance [closed]

The way I do things are a little different, if this works for you, I can definitely help you. or The way I do things is a little different. If this works for you, I can definitely help you. Please ...
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What punctuation should you use after a list?

What punctuation should you use after a list and before describing the list? In the example below, what should I use where I have used a dash? Or is the dash correct? "Some examples of Apple’s ...
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Comma before “by”

Should a comma come before "by" when using passive voice? Like in this sentence: fractures are best treated by plates.
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Punctuation of abbreviation followed by parenthesis

Best just to give you the example, rather than explain it. This has been a hard one to solve - harder than I thought it would be. Created by XYZ Ltd. (best company in the world). Is this correct? ...
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The difference between two statements [PUNCTUATION] [duplicate]

Sentence 1: A is friend of B who is eating an apple. Sentence 2: A is friend of B , who is eating an apple. In which Sentence it can be said that A is eating apple? Does the usage of comma change ...