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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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When splitting a long sentence, is using a colon as good as making it two sentences?

English is not my first language, although I use it daily. When writing in English, I tend to write long, complicated sentences. I then edit the text with the Hemingway app to highlight such lengthy/...
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Is my use of the semicolon correct in this sentence? [closed]

"I stared at myself in the rearview mirror and saw but a carcass; a layer of flesh concealing rotten insides." Thanks in advance!
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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

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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Would you use a hyphen between Red Carpet if it's used as an adjective?

If I want to use red carpet as an adjective, would I add a hyphen? Example sentence: "The cosmetic doctor provides red carpet results."
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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 ...
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Does this comma matter?

Commas always trip me up. I feel that I use them far too often, and I most likely do. Can anyone set my mind at ease in regards to the following sentence: Neutrogena is a family-oriented brand ...
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Punctuation questions mark [duplicate]

1 How to do that? 2 How to approach this? Do these sentences need interrogative mark? In what cases, ? symbol can be avoided? Suppose sentence start with How as in above two sentences.
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Punctuation for a story read aloud within a story

I have written a fairy tale in which another person reads a story aloud within the tale itself. Do I need quotation marks around the entire story within the story? If I need to at all, how do I ...
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Semicolon to separate a command and a clause?

Would separating a verb used in the imperative (ex. remember, behold, be careful) followed by a clause using a semicolon be correct? For example, in the case of Diogenes and his plucked chicken, would ...
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Punctuation in dialogue for word that is spoken in fragments

Do you break it up with: Dash? "That's stu-pid." Ellipsis? "That's stu...pid." Em-dash? "That's stu—pid."
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How do I accurately punctuate sarcasm?

Is there a way to punctuate a written sentence so that sarcasm is definitively implied without relying on context?
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placing commas and using “and” in a sentence

I would like to say to someone that I need to set up "transcriptome and metabolome sequencing experiments using blood and plasma samples". How can I write this sentence correctly? Blood and plasma, ...
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Comma usage with “or”

I believe I have the proper usage of commas with "or" for this case, but I cannot find anything on the WWW (and this site) to confirm it. If I knew what it was called, I'm sure my search would be more ...
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To combine two simple sentences, is using a semicolon ';' a correct way to do it?

I found this example online of a "synthesis of sentences" question for joining two simple sentences into one compound sentence. Larry watches the news. Bill makes news. The site has two solutions ...
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Only if you come, will I go out

Is a comma necessary in the above sentence? My teacher was not able to explain why there should be a comma in this sentence whereas she asked me not to put a comma in this sentence- Only if you are ...
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How to use question mark after a name with an exclamation mark at the end

For a company called AnimalsUnite! (made up name) how would you ask the question, What did you think of AnimalsUnite!? The exclamation point is not combined with the question mark so an interrobang ...
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Doubt in comma placement

I need your help in understanding a concept: I have a doubt. Does two two sentence imply same thing or they differ in meaning ?? I will stay at home, if you finish your work on time. I will stay at ...
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can i use comma before 'and' when connecting a dependent clause

"The word is of Dutch origin, and is one of many Dutch words used to discuss barriers in the natural landscape."(https://m.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-berm.htm) i learned that you shouldn't use a comma ...
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Should there be an apostrophe if not why? [closed]

In the short sentence below should there be an apostrophe? My Sisters protector.
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Using infinity or gerund in introductory phrase

I used to write sentences like: To bake a cake, it is important to warm eggs. Or For searching the internet, it is vital to have a good web browser. Today, I noticed that we have not such grammar ...
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Do this sentence need a question mark [closed]

Please could you release orders for March to June 2019.
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Did the way quotation marks are used, change at some point, in the past 100 years?

I hope this question is allowed - I'm considering it question from an etymological standpoint :) I have noticed that on vintage signs / memorabilia / magazines, phrases or words are quoted, seemingly ...
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What kind of dash should I use to end dialogue abruptly? [duplicate]

My character is trying to speak,but she is interrupted by another character. Here is what I am trying to say. “I no longer care!” Leah was upset with her cousin, and she didn’t know why, but she had ...
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Direction of apostrophe in Hawai'i

My students are writing a case study about Hawai'i and we'd like to use the diacritical mark, correctly. My searches so far are turning up both Hawai’i and Hawai‘i Can anyone tell me a ...
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Is an apostrophe required in “a good ten minutes away”

I think if I wrote "a good ten minutes' walk away" then an apostrophe is required as shown. If I write "a good ten minutes away", where 'walk' is implied from the context, is it still required?
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Should I drop the second comma in “Alright, thanks, all/everybody/everyone”?

So I realise a comma should be placed after thanks to write a proper sentence, but does it look good when thanks is also preceded by a comma? PS: I know similar questions were asked on here before, ...
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Grammar Query. Please help

Please see the following three lines of my poetry on birds: Twig-like legs light yet strong Hop, skip and strut along, whereupon They stop to scratch for bugs and grubs. whereupon is preceded by a ...
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How to write numbers concerning physical quantities?

Is there a rule specifying how one should separate thousands in numbers? Should I put a comma in this phrase, “500–1500 ohms”, so it would become “500–1,500 ohms”? If so why?
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Should I put (,) (;) or (:) after saying Think() Where am I now? Nowhere

Think() Where am I now? Nowhere.
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Is a comma required when we begin a sentence with a gerund?

Is there a rule that states if a comma is needed in the following case: Doing this, does that? The following sentences made me ponder on it: Clicking on a job within a project(,) opens the page where ...
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What is the correct way to puncuate the date then year?

In preparing a corporate document reference is made to writing the month then year in this manner: October, 1999. Is this correct or should it be October 1999.
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What is the correct way to punctuate this sentence?

Is it "Anyone who wants to can." OR "Anyone who wants to, can."?
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using colon to specify two nouns

I want to say in contrast, X expression is elevated in only pancreas tissue and Y expression is elevated in only pituitary tissue. Can I write something like this? In contrast, X and Y expression ...
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What do you do when a sentence ends with a factorial?

Consider the following sentences which utilizes the mathematical factorial operation: The answer is 5!. or The equation is given by f(x) = (x+4)!. Typically in mathematical writing, an ...
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Formatting English Translation in Foreign Dialogue

This short paragraph of German dialogue needs to be translated into English within a larger work: “Zurück bleiben! Fenster schliessen!” Stay back! Close the window! shouted the man on the roof. ...
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Apostrophe Use In Abbreviated Decade Which Is Also A Possessive

I always put apostrophes before abbreviated decades. Ex: The '60s. However, what if you want to abbreviate a decade that is also possessive of the word that comes after it? Ex: Classic dance genres ...
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How do I punctuate a hyperbole?

I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse. I’m so hungry; I could eat a horse. It seems I have two independent clauses and need a semicolon. It also seems like the ...
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Where to put the period after a quoted word [duplicate]

Here is the sentence: The result of the moisture-laden air entering window assembly is visible condensation or “fog”. Doesn't the period go after the g?
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Do “You know…” Questions need question marks

I'm not quite sure if the type of questions I'm asking about count as indirect questions, so I apologize if that's what I should have put in the title. Do you need a question mark when you're ...
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should I use a comma, a period, or an em dash?

I want a big house, a house that is big enough for my family. or I want a big house—a house that is big enough for my family. or I want a big house. A house that is big enough for my family.
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Is the use of punctuation appropriate here?

For most people,football might just be a game, but for me,it is a way of life. Is the above sentence correct in terms of punctuation? Or should I wtite this in the following manner:- For most ...
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Should this sentence end with a Question mark or period? [closed]

If you'd like one of the above times, let me know?
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Can a colon follow dependent clause?

Two fires burning opposite each other: one that is kindled to acknowledge god’s grandeur and the other one that reminds us how insignificant everything else in life is; a subtle reminder of the ...
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Can action tags be punctuated like dialogue tags? [closed]

I have a habit of using action tags in the same way as dialogue tags. Example: "I don't know," she said. "I think not," he scratched his chin thoughtfully. "This could have gone better," ...
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He is the best of all , he thinks. — Is this sentence correct?

He is the best of all , he thinks. Is the above sentence correct or the next one? "He is the best of all ", he thinks.