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Is it ever OK to use a question mark after a period?

I know you can abbreviate the United States as U.S., US, or USA. If you elect to use U.S., can you use a question mark after this version? For example: Do you like to travel to the U.S.?
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Using periods in enumerated lists

A couple of colleagues of mine pointed out to me that I should not end a list point with a period. For example: There a few things that I would like to address in the meeting: We should ...
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Will you write like “etc.).”?

Like say you a sentence like I like office apps (like word etc.) Then how do you add period? Like etc.).? Will it be weird to have two dots so close and also like the U.S.A. at the end of the ...
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Participle clause as sentence without conjugated verb?

I've recently come across a sentence in an essay I proofread that went something like "Focusing on these experimental and statistical strategies." I thought it wasn't really a sentence and suggested ...
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Quotation Mark punctuation on thoughts

I was writing a review on Goodreads and a question emerged after these sentences. When I was just a wee little boy I would finish this book thinking "Wow. Wonderland Rocks." Today I finished this ...
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How should I punctuate the first part of my list?

This is part of a resume. Work Experience: Freelance Translator Translated two files of a hotel (525 words) and edited the translation of a third one (392 words) for a translation ...
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Why a period instead of a comma?

I come across many marketing lines... say High performance. Delivered Now, I have a question. I know what is headlinese for what we don't bother much about grammar. But, what sort of style is ...
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Is it allowed to not write a space after a period? [closed]

I have come across quite a few cases where there are no space after a period: This is a sentence that ends here.A new sentence starts here.Note the lack of a space after the period. A few ...
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Do periods and question marks come inside the quotation mark, or outside?

I am very well aware of punctuation usage difference between American and British usage, but this part confuses me a little. Example: A. Why did he ask, "Who are you?" B. Why did he ask, "Who ...
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Why do we, at times, follow colon by consecutive full stops?

Let me reproduce a text: I have three answers: M is N. N is O. O is P. In the above text, three answers that follow are parts of the same sentence. This is evident from ":" (colon) ...
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Use of prepositions in time period expressions: “from 1 to 6 December” or simply “1 to 6 December”?

Is it correct to say "from 1 to 6 December"? Or we need to use just "1 to 6 December"? For example like in this sentence, This subscription is available only from 1 to 6 December.
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Is “Hello.” a sentence?

I've seen this at many places, that people who know very good English (even native speakers of English) write "Hello" followed by a full stop. My confusion is that the use of the full stop indicates ...
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Comma, period to separate sentences

Let's say somebody fell from a tree. Now consider the following sentence. His face become full dirt, a tooth has broken, muscles bleed, arm bone broken and his dress has torn. His face become full ...
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When can we use more than one dot (period?)?

Which one is correct? The latest research says that the number of mobile Internet users will increase by three times in 2015. Read more... (Note the three dots after the word 'more'.) The ...
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The usage of comma and period mark

I have read a sentence which made me confused: But Mary suddenly laughed, "How could that be?" she said. "It's only 2008 this year." I wonder whether I can replace the first comma with a period ...
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Should period (full stop) be inside or outside brackets?

If some part of the sentence at the end is enclosed in brackets, should the full stop be inside or outside the bracket? I need to visit the supermarket to get some fruits, groceries and clothes (...