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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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Punctuation in phrase “me and me alone” [on hold]

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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Apostrophe in the plural of Master's dissertations

I am aware that 'Master's dissertation' requires an apostrophe. However, the sentence I am using requires the plural of this phrase, and I am tying myself in knots trying to work out whether it should ...
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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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“Paul's neighbours were terrible so his brother's friends went round to have a word” [migrated]

I have the following sentence that i need to punctuate Paul's neighbours were terrible so his brother's friends went round to have a word From my knowledge a semicolon must be used between two ...
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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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These guys, especially Tom, is bad [migrated]

Which of the following are correct? (A) These guys, especially Tom, are bad. (B) These guys, especially Tom, is bad. (C) These guys (especially Tom) are bad. I think (A) and (C) are correct, but I'...
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“Friends” or Friends or maybe even Friends (italicized). I'm confused!

I'm currently proofreading a feature article that was given to me. It was a review on the popular American TV show, "Friends". Writing that introduction above already made me face again the issue I ...
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hyphenation of 5 or more words. here! [duplicate]

Today I recall this story when the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti explains to everyone on every stage as to why did she (and her father) forge an alliance with the BJP. It was like drinking a ...
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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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my quote is a question but the sentence I am embedding it in is a statement

This sounds like a duplicate question but I promise it's not. I want to include the title of my research project in a sentence. For example: The title of my project is "To What Extent Can Fourier ...
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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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Award name with quotation marks?

from my observation, usually when we write award names, we would not use quotation marks to enclose them. Are there any exceptional major style guides that would do so? Many thanks?
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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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Use of hyphens with exclamation

I'm fairly new here so feel free to point out if I've posted this in a wrong format / wrong section / whichever. I can't seem to remember if exclamation marks can be used in the embedded sentence ...
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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 ...
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What's proper punctuation for a sentence ending with an abbreviation followed by a parenthetical phrase? [duplicate]

Other questions here address a sentence ending in an abbreviation, and when a sentence-ending abbreviation is followed by a question-mark. But what about when a sentence-ending abbreviation is ...
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What is the proper way to quote multiple questions within one sentence without using bullets

Here is the sentence I am working with: Some of the reflection questions included are “What do you think is happening here?”; “How do you think the boy to the right feels? Why?”; and “What should the ...
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Can a conjuction prevent run-on sentences without punctuation?

I understand that run-on sentences join independent clauses without a word to connect them or a punctuation mark to separate them, but can a connecting word suffice to prevent a sentence from running ...
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How are synonyms punctuated?

I am translating a text to English that uses a lot of repetitive synonyms in a row, and I am wondering how to best form a sentence that sounds English without creating confusion. Which connector to ...
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When writing out month and year in words, is any punctuation necessary?

Trying to write out "August" and "two thousand eighteen" but unsure how to concatenate these two -- just a space, or is a comma needed? A) August two thousand eighteen ----OR---- B) August, two ...
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In the case of multiple successive quotes, does punctuation go inside or outside quotes?

She told me "take me out," "let's travel together," and "I love ice cream." or She told me "take me out", "let's travel together", and "I love ice cream". I always assumed that commas go inside ...
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Mixing American and British punctuation conventions

I was reading a newspaper article and found -- what I believe is -- a mix of American and British conventions when it comes to punctuation. (I'm an engineer by trade, not a linguist.) I'd expect you ...
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Is this a list inside a nonrestrictive parenthetical or something else?

In the sentence Several women, some as young as eighteen, others in late middle age, could be seen scrambling up the mountain. It looks like some and others are being used as pronouns. It's a fine ...
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Is it correct to insert a comma between two occurrences of the same word in different contexts?

I have the following sentence: There are two two-dimensional shapes. The double occurrence of the word "two" (one to indicate the amount of shapes and another to indicate the amount of dimensions) ...
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Punctuating a vertical list that is introduced by a question

I have searched online but can't find anything definitive on which of the following is preferable: Incorrect. What could you infer from these quotes: 'most of the dogs jump on the meat' '...
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Quotation marks punctuation

My understanding is that rules governing punctuation and quotation marks are partly governed by what country you're writing in. For example, in American English, we always place periods inside ...
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What is this grammatical form called and how should punctuation be used

I am trying to find the correct punctuation for the following sentence: It allows connection to, and customisation of, functions available in the program. Does such construction, with two direct ...
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Correct usage of “the first of which”

I am updating my employer's bio due to the launch of a new product, but am unsure of whether or not the following sentence is grammatically correct: "Dr. Xxx has written and published over 30 books. ...
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Is there a punctuation problem here “Policeman shoots dead Apple area manager for not stopping his car”?

I did come across a sentence in a news sharing application "Policeman shoots dead Apple area manager for not stopping his car" (Apologies for this gruesome news) But it's weird that it can be read ...
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Dashes in lists

As a mathematician I often have to explain the notation in my writing. For example, I write: "F denotes my favourite function, A - a beautiful set and K - an important kernel." Should I use dashes ...
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Why isn't any punctuation required here?

Cities like Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C. all owe a debt to Haussmann. This line is from a passage in Khan Academy SAT Practice. Why don't we need any punctuation between 'D.C.' and 'all'?
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Comma after an introductory phrase used at start [closed]

Which of the following is/are correct? Throughout the United States a large number of young people enter college every year. Throughout the United States, a large number of young people enter college ...
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Is a comma needed in a sentence containing two clauses? [closed]

Can this sentence be made easier to read? "During some of the subjects I had the opportunity to work within a team as during our Science and Physics lessons, we often used to go the school ...
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What is the correct interpretation of “Crazy Rich Asians”?

There is more than one way to interpret the title of the hit film "Crazy Rich Asians." In the film it is suggested that "crazy rich" means "impossibly rich," but as written it could also mean crazy (...
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Using commas in cases of “extreme contrast” (commas in compound predicates with “but”)

It seems to me that many, including myself recently, are applying this "extreme contrast" rule to the wrong cases. (See #2 in link below.) https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/...
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Punctuation before an addendum

Over the cemetery a cloud always hangs, a thick grey one. Over the cemetery a cloud always hangs; a thick grey one. Over the cemetery a cloud always hangs—a thick grey one. Which of these is ...
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Style Sheet Advice

I'm working on a style sheet for a series of publications, and am wondering about what's a good rule to set for punctuation and quotation marks. CMOS says that the final period of a quote may be ...
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In “And, today, we're…” why would “today” be offset by commas? [closed]

I am in the middle of a debate and am hoping some of you can help me understand. Why would the word “today” in the sentence below be offset with commas? Some say the word is nonessential; therefore, ...
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“Fine, then”, “That's it, then”, Let's go, then“ etc, do we need a comma before ”then"? [closed]

"Fine, then", "That's it, then", Let's go, then" etc, do we need a comma before "then"?
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Where to put apostrophe after “their” when referring to plural noun? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? I'm not sure where to put the apostrophe on "phones": This software allows iphone users to remotely access their phone's settings. vs This software allows iphone users to ...
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Use of comma or not?

Should there be a comma before 'and' in the following example: Currently a staff member at ABC group and Global Admin of the following servers: server 1, 2, 3. Thanks!
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Do two clauses have to be separated by a comma in a question?

Here is an example: He wondered who stole his television and why a calling card was left behind. Do I need to separate the two clauses (e.g. with a comma between 'television' and 'and')? Any ...
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Using “and” in a list of things in different categories [duplicate]

When writing lists with items in different categories, is "and" required in front of every category switch or just the last category? 2 Categories: I manage the company's developers, and accounting ...