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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 placement [duplicate]

I have lately noticed people adding a space after the last word in a sentence before the punctuation mark. I believe this is an antiquated usage left over from the hot lead typesetting. It looks very ...
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Is it better to list adjectives, with an “and”?

When we use more than one adjective, e.g. The big, red, bouncy balloon. The list of three adjectives {big, red, and bouncy} is a list, so by rights it should be separated by commas, with an "and" ...
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How to use Commas When an Introductory Clause Precedes a Dependent/Subordinate Clause

I think we all agree that most introductory clauses are set off by commas. E.g.: In 1982, John Smith went to battle in Spain. Moreover, the monkeys all ate bread. I think we also agree that ...
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Short quotation over two paragraphs

If I am quoting two short consecutive sentences, but the first sentence is the last of a paragraph and the second sentence is the first sentence of the following paragraph, how do I show this? Must I ...
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A Question Regarding the Use of a Comma for a Quoted Question [on hold]

I'd like to ask for the community's opinion regarding the correct usage of a comma for a quoted question. In a situation such as this, which of the two following sentences would be correct? The ...
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Punctuation to denote more interest/excitement than a full stop, but less than an exclamation mark

Is there a punctuation mark to express more interest/excitement than a full stop, but less than an exclamation mark? I ask this because it seems uncouth to end two sentences in a row with an ...
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Is it acceptable to place a comma after the em-dash in this sentence? [duplicate]

Due to financial struggles brought on by marital struggles—or perhaps it was the other way around—, the family had to forsake it as the bank foreclosed on it. I normally wouldn't place a comma, but ...
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How would one correctly place punctuation marks in this sentence?

Moth-like, the people buzzed about: walking, driving, directing— each to their own light. I'm not sure whether each comma, colon, dash and hyphen are used correctly here. Please help! Also, this ...
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Can you use commas to list things after using a comma to interrupt the sentence flow?

When using a comma to create a pause in a sentence, can you then use commas immediately after to list things? I've written the sentence, Like the ancient tales of yore, we bore witness to our ...
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What is the rule for spacing between words and the character &? [duplicate]

What is the rule for spacing between words and the character &? For example, do I have to space Espresso&Tonic - Espresso & Tonic, although I am talking about one drink made with an ...
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Comma usage for introductory sentences and lists?

Besides PC, hard drive, and papers, I must save information on a cloud website. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? If not, then how to punctuate a sentence that starts with an introductory ...
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Comma vs. Em Dash

Which of the following two versions is preferable, and why: This document applies to all systems, people, and processes that constitute the organization’s information systems, including board members,...
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How do you punctuate when your sentence ends with an abbreviation? [duplicate]

Sample: At one point, you were set up to automatically share in a Facebook post various iConsumer-related activities - your shopping activity, a link to refer friends, etc.. Unfortunately, Facebook ...
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Parking sign apostrophe? [duplicate]

Should there be an apostrophe in the sign "residents parking". A quick Google search suggests there shouldn't. But why not? Is "residents" an adjective?
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hyphenation of compound adjectives [closed]

Proofreading a friend's work, I came across the following phrase: [teachers and students] work collaboratively to change long held, potentially incorrect and deeply believed views Now, while I'm ...
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Which is grammatically correct in this sentence for a character's “declaration” so to say? [closed]

Examples: Through selfless duty, devoted communication, and new experiences will I strive to grow my connections and understand those around me. Through selfless duty, devoted communication, ...
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Mixing em-dash and comma

My current understanding of the em-dash is that it can be used in place of parentheses or commas to provide emphasis, e.g. "Tom, who was a very nice person, walked slowly across the grass." "Tom (...
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Question marks in titles

I found the following blog title without a question mark from The Hindu site: How to ease Afghanistan’s progress in cricket Is it grammatical, if we don't put question mark in questions of titles? ...
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Ending a sentence then beginning a sentence with the same word. Quotation marks?

If you end a sentence, then begin the next sentence with the same word, but you wish to write more about that word in the next sentence, do you need to put that word in quotation marks in the next ...
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Use of “comma”, inside the quotation marks or after it? [duplicate]

I am having confusion, where to put comma, in the following case after the word water: There are roughly 1000 different words for “water,” as well as for “louse”. Or should I use put comma after ...
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How do you have a “comma and” after an emdash in a compound sentence?

Browsing various English discussion websites and forums, nothing came up with the specific case that I am using the emdash in. This answer on Quora covers normal use of emdashes—something I think I ...
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Usage of commas in Official Certificate Description use

"With all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities appertaining thereunto, upon this signature, and at this moment, I make this pledge!" Any thoughts on the above closing document statement? I'm ...
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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

From today's NY Times: Mr. Trump’s critics reach for words like treason and traitor because they, like others, are searching for an explanation for actions that are so different from those of his ...
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How to use semicolons (when listing people’s names and actions)?

I’ve been reading this paragraph: I unlock the bathroom door and pull the handle down, I open it slightly, only to see the face of every family member residing in this house, crowding outside my ...
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Terminating punctuation in table entries [closed]

I always get a little flustered by the question of how to punctuate the end of each of my table entries, where the table is part of a longer document primarily composed of traditional sentences but ...
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Correct punctuation on a caption for a series of photos

I want to include a caption for a series of photos. The caption should say "Vesper...plotting." Is this correct? For context, it is a series of photos of my cat hunting an insect inside the house.
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Do I place a comma before or after “and” in this instance?

What would be correct? Comma before or after 'and'. "I saw Anne helping him stay functional for as long as possible and, in one way or another, felt uplifted."
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Is Post Script (P.S.) still relevant in the age of email? [closed]

I have seen people using P.S. at the bottom of the email for something related to email content. Whenever I see that, I think that an email can easily be edited and rewritten without much effort. Does ...
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Comma rules for sentence adverb placed in the middle of the sentence

Why writer has not used comma before or to join these two independent clauses. "Had anyone actually told her that or had she merely assumed it?"
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Comma between two questions after introductory clause

Should there be a comma between two independent questions that follow an introductory clause: So when you arrived, was Mr. Smith still in his vehicle or was he out of the vehicle? -or- So when you ...
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How do I correctly hyphenate “thousands of years long”?

I want to refer to a few events that all last thousands of years. My understanding is that if I use "thousands of year-long events", that means there are thousands of events; and each one of them are ...
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Need help to better understand the usage of em dashes and sentence structure

Sentence A: Canada’s EI system divides the country into several “economic regions”, and where a worker resides, has a direct and profound impact on their access to EI benefits—a system often compared ...
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Punctuation - comma or not

Is it: The programs will take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Or: The programs will take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon
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How to Punctuate a “Play on Words”

My article is titled, Bridge Snacks for Thought. Obviously, a play on words for "Food for Thought." Seems I should punctuate it: "Bridge Snacks" for Thought. And, it also could be Bridge "Snacks" for ...
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Use of Vancouver referencing

When using Vancouver style referencing, which of the following examples are correct: Study [4] provided support for this theory. A previous study [4] has provided support for this theory. I suppose ...
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Why are punctuation end marks placed inside the end quotation mark? [duplicate]

I have always had a hard time understanding the English Grammar rule that punctuation end marks like periods, question marks, or exclamation marks should be placed before the end quote. For instance,...
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How to use proper punctuation in this sentence? [closed]

What are the proper punctuations to use in the sentence below? Or would it be better to just separate it into two sentences? What doing nothing can do is help you know what you really want; is it ...
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Punctuation of compound predicate where the first item ends in a list?

I apologize in advance for any and all wrong use of terminology. Consider a sentence of the form The project was created to practice X and learn Y. I believe the "practice X and learn Y" is a ...
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Writing a list with a description of each item — Formal Writing [Research Paper]

I am trying to write the following sentence: "There are some objectives we cannot miss in any visualization library, which are: performance: high-level abstraction may limit the user’s ..., ...
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Punctuation when Separate Subjects Share a Phrasal Verb

Example: "My dad went to the store and my sister to the theater." Should there be a comma after "store"? Or perhaps a comma (or an em dash?) after "sister"? Both? Or is it grammatically incorrect not ...
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Why isn’t this instance of “so” preceded by a comma even though it’s beginning a new independent clause?

William Strunk writes in the 1914 edition of his Elements of Style: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. ... Two-part sentences of which the second member ...
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What should I use when introducing dialogue, hyphens, en-dashes or em-dashes? [closed]

I have always use the hyphen when introducing dialogue. -I love skating, but I'm not very good at it. But I have recently been educated about the existence and use of en/em dashes. Now, I think I ...
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Is it essential to use comma in a big number?

Is it necessary to use comma in a big number? For example, if anyone writes one million four hundred thousand and two as 1400002 instead of 1,400,002 on answer sheet of listening section of IELTS test,...
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Colon versus separate sentences

They do not hesitate in bending the truth however they see fit to their cause. At times they are rigorous and precise; at times they just play dumb. versus They do not hesitate in bending the ...
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Is it necessary to add a comma before 'too'? [duplicate]

Copied over from the writers site. As in these two examples: They all wished to have one too. They all wished to have one, too. Perhaps what makes comma usage in these examples is that, in speech ...
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Comma or no comma, this is the question

Should we use commas before and after white people in the sentence below or not? We white people look down upon an African-American boy, girl, man and woman as a potential criminal in this country.
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Quotation marks around a new word when I keep using the word?

I'm writing a technical thesis and I need to explain the meaning of a lot of words. However I'm not a native English speaker. The so-called "blah" is a thing that does this and that. Blah was an ...
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How do I punctuate a sentence which describes a product or item? [closed]

How do I punctuate a sentence which describes a product or item? Example - Radiant; De Beers: South African sourced, alluvial diamonds. Is there a hard and fast rule regarding how this sentence ...
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Proper punctuation for the statement “That is what makes you you.”

What would be the proper punctuation for the statement "That is what makes you you."?
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Coordinating Conjunction [duplicate]

Could you please give advice on whether a comma is needed before the and in the following sentence? And if it is, why? This autistic dance group has made history at the European championships, ...