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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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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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Question about A phrase

I'm thinking about getting a tattoo and I'm curious about the correct way to phrase it. I have heard nobody ever say it before but heard a man I like say it, and thought I would like to see it every ...
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Comma after a prepositional phrase used at start

Which of the following is/are correct? Throughout the United State large number of young people enter college every year. Throughout the United State, large number of young people enter college every ...
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Can you put Colon after subordinate clause?

I was looking at SAT passages and was intrigued by this sentence from Ethan Frome: When she said to him once: “It looks just as if it was painted!” it seemed to Ethan that the art of definition ...
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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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Which of these sentences has the best comma placement?

He opened the door to let himself, and Drake, the family cat, out. He opened the door to let himself, and Drake, the family cat out. He opened the door to let himself and Drake, the family cat, out. ...
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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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How to use full stops in a bulleted list in a CV with 2 sentences?

I've read quite a bit about using full stops with bullet points but can't seem to find any answers for my specific query. Throughout my CV I haven't used full stops at the end of each item, even ...
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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 ...
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Comma after what I think is no longer an introductory clause/phrase

I'm wondering about the usage of the comma in the following sentences: (1) Because of his aversion to math, he always lets his friends figure out the tip. (2) He told me that because of his ...
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How did I know you were going to say that

What is the correct punctuation for a rhetorical question? For example, which is correct? How did I know you were going to say that. How did I know you were going to say that?
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Using punctuation within a question to create a pause

Is it possible to create a long pause (confusion) in the following question. 'You're maybe wondering how could that be. That she is considering running away?' Between 'be and that', I was ...
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Is there any use for ¿ in English language?

I know that ¿ is used in Spanish language to make questions. But I never saw that in English language. Do we use "¿" for something in English language? I've found info about irony ponctuation but I ...
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Understanding the use of commas

Quote from grammar book:- By the end of the first year a baby will have already acquired some social skills. Why is a comma not used before "a baby"? In terms of movement, an infant will be ...
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I need help with quotations and punctuation [duplicate]

How do I punctuate when using quotes? “There were more?” Asked Wendy. or; "There were more," asked Wendy? "He was amazing!" Exclaimed Billy. or; "He was amazing," exclaimed Billy!
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How to ask which of the two questions is right in one sentence?

Suppose I want to ask whether “She just became rich” or “She was born rich” How should I ask it? (the Bold part) Did she just become rich, or was she born rich? Did she just become rich, or, was she ...
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Where and how should I place the punctuation marks in this sentence?

[James] Iris did not have a job—unless panhandling could be considered one—in which case, he was wholly employed. How would you place and/or rearrange the punctuation marks in this sentence? I've ...
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Need help with colons and semicolons for obituary?

My grandma died this morning, and my dad just sent me a draft for her obituary to ask for help on a grammar issue. He wants to say (names changed) "She was preceded in death by her parents, her ...
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Can there be a comma between the adverb and the noun of the last member of a series?

I saw a practice SAT question on Khan Academy: Certified Executive Chef Hilary DeMane has prepared confections for celebrities, governors, and even Ronald Reagan. The correct answer is filled in ...
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Would a comma be needed for clarification or negation in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, is a comma needed after sky? I'm worried that without the comma the sentence could be confusing. The character looks up to the sky, expecting to see a dragon, but the reason ...
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Is the sentence, “What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer,” correct?

Here's the sentence: "What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer." It makes sense, but I don't really know it's it right. I figured that the "hidden within the question, ...
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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”? [duplicate]

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 [closed]

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 ...