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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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I need your help understanding the grammar in a specific sentence

"I got inspiration, I got insight, and I began to care deeply about my work." My issue with this sentence is in regards to the two independent clauses, which are separated by a comma--isn't that a ...
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Does a continuous verb form avoids a comma splice?

I realize this question has been done to death but I'm still questioning it. The following sentence I feel does not contain a comma splice as the clause doesn't seem to hold up on its own: Most ...
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Use of colon and semi-colons [on hold]

Is this correct use of the colon and semi-colon? Click on the image to enlarge it
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Best way to word a sentence [on hold]

As I've been trying to decide which one, if any, of the following sentences is the best way to say what I'm trying to say, I was hoping that the writers/editors/grammarians here would help me do that. ...
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Use of parentheses/brackets in legal titles

Legal systems descended from British jurisprudence seem to like to use a lot of parentheses in titles: Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958, India Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act ...
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Is there a better way to structure this long sentence? [closed]

'From the big things, like developing my digital toolset, having my personal design business built with a solid portfolio, and boosting my professional confidence with clients, to the small ...
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I can’t not used exclamatory mark(!) after the great experience. Why? [closed]

My teacher said. I can’t not used exclamatory mark(!) after the great experience. Why? The great experience!
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Unsure about punctuation [duplicate]

I'm working on a new bio for my social media profiles, but I'm not sure which version of the following sentence is the correct one: I'm just a creative boy from a small town in Germany searching for ...
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Of course, where are our punctuations?

While writing, I have a scene where a particular character interjects, "Of course, where are our manners" I don't know whether to end that sentence with a question mark or an exclamation mark as ...
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Does this sentence need a question mark or a period? [duplicate]

I need to know if the following is a sentence or a question: I was wondering what this bar is made of
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Punctuation for imagined/interpreted content in narrative

He had a look that said "I hate you". He had a look that said 'I hate you'. He had a look that said, "I hate you". He had a look that said, 'I hate you'. He had a look that said "I hate you." He had a ...
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Should there be a comma before a person's name midsentence when you're addressing them? [duplicate]

Take the following sentence I found myself typing in an email today: Thanks for the update, Mark, good to hear. That first comma had me hesitating for an embarrassing length of time. Consider the ...
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Quotes, Punctuation, and Naming [duplicate]

When using quotes to notate a name or title of something, does punctuation go inside or outside the quote? For example: This approach is at the center of Harvard's research on "Learning in Action", ...
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Punctuation before or after superscript of date?

Where do I insert the period when using superscripts for "th" of a date? For example see below. They both seem wrong to me even though the first version seems more "wrong" than the second version: ...
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Missing commas or valid author's style?

Good day, I came across a following citation from a book: "I have not slept soundly for many years. Not since the war when I was knocked out for two days have I really lost consciousness as a child ...
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sic with last word

When one purposefully spells the last words in a sentence wrong, would the end punctuation be before or after the bracket? Ex.: The pizza is there's [sic]. or The pizza is there's. [sic]
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Is this a restrictive clause that doesn't need a comma before it?

I'm confused by the following. S1: He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in USA, which facilitated his success in Z. Is "SwimFest-X in USA" restricting "...
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What punctuation mark should be used instead of “to be”?

The figures are as follows: inflation is 4%, unemployment is 5.4% and interest rate is 8%. If "is" is to be omitted, what should be used instead? Or nothing? Thank you very much in advance.
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general punctuation question

When life gives you lemons you say, "blah blah." That is how i wrote the sentence. However, I am not sure about the period before the quotation mark. the other question I have is that I am also not ...
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Comma questions abound [closed]

NO COMMA AFTER THE ADVERB (USUALLY) AS AN INTRODUCTORY PHRASE? Example from an excerpt taken from an English grammar book: "Usually when adjective phrases modify nouns, they are attributive..." Why ...
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Punctuation with 2 different subjects in one clause

Which is correct: He checked out the two players, Wendy through the front window**,** and Swanson in the mirror. OR He checked out the two players, Wendy through the front window and Swanson in the ...
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Does there have to be a comma before 'because'? [closed]

Grammarly thinks it's wrong to put a comma before the word because. Is that true? On the other hand, it thinks it's wrong to put a comma before the word 'but'. Is that also true? Examples: I'm ...
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When should terms be italicized versus put in quotes?

When a new term is introduced in a book I am writing or an unusual word or phrase is described I either italicize it, or put it in quotes. However, this has led to an inconsistency in which some terms ...
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Should a timeframe within parentheses after a sentence, include punctuation such as a period? See example

I have a survey and the survey has an estimated time to complete. The sentence structure is as follows. This quick survey assesses your perceptions of hazing. (10 minutes) My question is, because ...
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Comma usage after the start of a sentence beginning with time.

It has been an ongoing debate in my office among managers that there should be a comma used after a statement of time. Ex. At 1135 Hrs., (Subject) Was observed doing something that he shouldn't ...
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How to punctuate a sentence containing two introductory phrases or words?

Consider the following example: Now, to finish off, I would like to add one last stroke. If my understanding is correct, "now to finish off" is an introductory part. So there definitely should be ...
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Punctuation and Ambigous Pronoun Questions

“The geneticist’s testimony should not be accepted simply because of his reputation. It should be accepted because it agrees with the evidence that the defendant was somewhere else when the crime was ...
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Should a comma come before 'you' in this sentence?

I'm wondering whether a comma should precede the pronoun 'you' in the sentence examples below: That's not how the computer works, you fool. Thanks for the assignment tips, you saviour. Whenever I ...
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restrictive relative pronoun clause and antecedent

The Plaintiff claims that the Defendant, MICHAEL DOE, owed a duty to the Plaintiff, which duty was breached by the said Defendant, the particulars of which breach are as follows: (a) driving ...
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Using [sic] to correct “etc” without a period [closed]

I am quoting a passage that uses the abbreviation etc. ... except that the etc has no period after it. I read here that you can use [sic] to indicate a punctuation error, but should I bother using it ...
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Is this a correct usage of a semicolon: It's not that I don't care; it's that I care too much?

I could see case here for a colon: It's not that I don't care: it's that I care too much. Or even a comma: It's not that I don't care, it's that I care too much.
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Need help in punctuation…! [closed]

Can someone please help me understand when to use semicolons and other punctuations properly in a sentence... The following portion is from the opening page of Stephen King's famous novel 'The ...
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Should I put a comma before where?

Which one is correct? a- We deal with the problem x, where the input domain is vectorial. b- We deal with the problem x where the input domain is vectorial. I want to notify that particularly ...
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How would you change the punctuation when citing a quote in MLA?

If I wanted to cite a question in MLA, but use it as a statement, how would I change the punctuation? For example, would I change the sentence Does it not occur to you that this is the first time ...
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Punctuation within a sentence interrupted by a quote with multiple sentences

Is the comma after the last sentence in the quote correct? This is for a verbatim transcript. If someone comes in and says, “Look, I need a new part. It’s broken. I’ve got someone here that’s ...
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I'm using three questions in a list inside quotation marks, would I separate with a comma, semicolon, or nothing? Are the question marks even needed? [duplicate]

A sentence with a list of questions inside quotation marks, how do I separate them? I can't find a solid answer anywhere. Option 1: In simple terms, Naikan is based on three questions: “What have I ...
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Punctuation in phrase “me and me alone” [closed]

I'm wondering if it's acceptable or advised to put a comma in the phrase "me and me alone" or not. So is "me, and me alone" or "me and me alone" preferable? Thanks!
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Smart-Shaming: A Threat to the Age of Information

I would like to inquire if the above mentioned title is correct. I will be using it as a title for my article on our school's newspaper.
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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 is the correct punctuation mark to use when introducing a definition in the middle of a sentence?

I am writing a scientific paper and I am unsure whether I should use a comma or a dash when defining briefly a word in the middle of a sentence. For example, which of the two below would be the ...
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Comma placement after [greeting] and a [term of endearment]

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. When addressing someone with a term of endearment and a greeting, how does comma placement work? The reason why other questions didn't work in answering this was ...
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Is this a comma splice?

I'm preparing for the ACT exam and ran into this sentence in the English section: Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry honors twenty-five poems and one spiritual, "the root of Black song ...
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Comas, Punctuation and grammaticality…

Life was never so grisly an experience as it has become now. People, who often give pat on my back, seem to have lost what we call “empathy” in them. They, yell at my conscience, try every way to ...
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Why is a comma needed here?

She would start applying to law schools soon and she wanted to know what the law looked like in action. According to Princeton Review, this sentence is incorrect and to fix it, a comma should be ...
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Usage of “think to oneself” with quotes

"That was a dream come true," he thought to himself, "Can this really happen?" "Teaching Don to swim would be a piece of cake for him," the coach thought to himself. In the above sentences, ...
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Mr and Ms with or without a full stop? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "Mr." and "Mr"? Am I supposed to use a full stop? Does the same thing apply to "Mrs", "Mrs.", "Ms", and "Ms."? And which format is used where?
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Is a comma accurate here? “high and low, time and again”

Sentence: I have an RC helicopter. I maneuver it high and low [,] time and again. So is it "high and low, time and again", or "high and low time and again"? The sentence without the comma seems ...
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Do you use a comma when the object comes before the subject?

Would you use a comma after the object in a sentence where the predicate comes before the subject? For example, if the sentence is "One friend I saw.", would you put a comma after the word friend?
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Is it “Balcony”, “Balcony's” or “Balconies”? [closed]

Which one is correct in these contexts? "I shifted my eyes away from the balcony view and looked at [name]..." "I shifted my eyes away from the balcony's view and looked at [name]..." "I shifted my ...
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What is the correct usage of hyphens with ranges (as in “a 5 to 10 minute rest”)?

I'm having issues with figuring out which is correct: "The teacher told the students to take a 5 to 10 minute rest." "The teacher told the students to take a 5-to-10 minute rest." "The teacher told ...