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Questions tagged [punctuation]

Use this tag for questions about the correct use of punctuation marks, or about using a punctuation mark instead of another one.

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The em dash in place of a colon

I read in a punctuation guide that a dash can be used in place of a colon. They provided the following example: The white sand, the warm water, the sparkling sun—this is what brought them to Hawaii. ...
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How do I put 's after a quoted name?

The city "Big Apple"'s real name is New York. Is that correct? I know there are many other ways to say it but what if I need to put an 's after a quoted name?
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“ In your letter(,) you've asked me about my relationship with music.” — do I need a comma?

Do I need a comma in the phrase "In your letter you've asked me about my relationship with music."? Grammarly (a Chrome add-on that checks spelling and punctuation) corrects it, inserting a comma ...
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What punctuation do you use for strictly quoting a quote within a quote?

What punctuation do you use for quoting a quote within a quote? For example: "He said, 'I like this'" How would you quote the bold portion? (1) "'I like this'" (2) "I like this"
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Is it necessary to add comma between adjectives in cases like this?

The fish had been cut into well-formed bite-sized rectangles Like in this example, is it necessary to add a comma between well-formed and bite-sized? Why or why not?
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Do I need a period at the end of a sentence that ends on “pm”?

Do I need a period at the end of a sentence that ends on "pm"? For example: I went to bed last night at 11:00 pm
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Should the name of policies use hyphens or quotes?

I typed "no-eating policy" on Google Books. The results use hypens and quotes. Does this mean that both usages are correct? Is one more common than the other? Example sentence: You, as a doctor, ...
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How do you enumerate a sentence?

I found three sentences in the notes: I am not alone; I am here all by myself and help me. I was told to use dots instead of semi-colons, but can we use semi-colons instead? I prefer to use ...
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Why do we put the punctuation within the quotations? [duplicate]

So, I have a weird question: In dialogue, why do we put the end punctuation within the quotations? Example: "I like burgers," he said. This doesn't seem logical to me, and I have been guilty of ...
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Capitalizing Adjectives: Is it for Emphasis?

Mary Karr wrote in her memoirs, "Mother had been taken Away--he further told us--for being Nervous". Why are the words "away" and "nervous" capitalized?
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“Paul's neighbours were terrible so his brother's friends went round to have a word”

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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These guys, especially Tom, is bad

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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Can I remove relative pronoun and keep the punctuation?

Is it ok to remove "whom" in the following sentence? He finally met Paul, whom he had always admired. I personally believe that if I remove both comma and pronoun it would be correct: He ...
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What is correct- 'starts from' or 'starts at' when we talk about the cost of something?

I know Grammarly is not a much reliable source for all things grammar. So when I see the mistake of punctuation in the marketing copy, I decided to ask about the same here. Here is a sentence: ...
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About punctuation: why did the author use double apostrophe in can't? [closed]

EDUCATION CAN"T WAIT I have come across the aforementioned title somewhere on a newspaper. Why did the author use double apostrophe (") in can't...
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Is this short sentence correctly punctuated?

Take a look at the above-mentioned sentence. We buy more, possess more but forget our responsibility towards the society Is this correctly punctuated?
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The alternatives to em hyphens in this paragraph

Reading this paragraph, Before requesting information from a graduate school, consider the nature of the information you seek — is it administrative or academic? The Office of Graduate ...
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Can I use “everything” after a list?

I want to describe something by saying it can do or has this and this and that, then putting the focus that it can do or has literally everything. Here’s an example: He has it all—money, a good ...
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Should 'cause have a left or right curly quote?

I tried to verify this with this Markdown converter: https://dillinger.io/ However, it doesn't convert the single quote into a curly quote: 'cause Should 'cause be written as ‘cause or ’cause? (...
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Use of asterisks in casual writing

I noticed that when English speakers use asterisks in their comments on youtube videos or on blog posts, they use asterisks to imply actions quite often. However, I find the forms of their usage quite ...
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What punctuation should I use for “Can you imagine”?

What punctuation should I use for "Can you imagine"? 1) And then, can you imagine, I saw a monkey in this tree! or 2) And then... Can you imagine? I saw a monkey in this tree! or 3) And ...
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Strange placement of 'has' with commas around!

Straight from the Cambridge IELTS test: Alan Macfarlane, professor of anthropological science at King's College, Cambridge, has, like other historians, spent decades wrestling with the enigma of ...
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Use of comma before AT

is the use of comma appropriate in the following sentence The UK had the highest amount of tea import, at around 80,000 tonnes. or should I write it without the use of a comma? The UK had the ...
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Comma placement in a series

A high-energy country music that emerged in the 1940s, bluegrass features acoustic stringed instruments, such as: the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass. F) No Change G) ...
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Using a comma right before “too” in the end of a question

Do I always have to place a comma right before "too" in the end of a question?: ... and those were completely different kind of problems to solve. Those were called "complimentary problems". They ...
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Can I use a comma between “so «adjective»” and “that «clause»”?

Now I am writing a scientific paper, and I want to write a sentence as follows: A has a chemical composition so similar to that of B that it also has a high potential. As you can see, the first '...
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A semi-colon with “however” vs. a comma with “but”

Is there any significant difference between these two sentences? Joseph created a few sets himself, but the first manufacturers who inspected his new game did not think it was likely to become very ...
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Does there need to be a comma after “asks”?

“What is it?” Henry asks, for all of them. Does there need to be a comma after "asks"? The fuller text is: The fact that Candice has been murdered—it means that there is definitely a killer ...
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Comma between two conditional clauses

How should I punctuate the following sentece with the given logical structure when I want to use conjuction "if" only one time and a conjuction "and" to seperate the conditions? Logical structure: [...
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Punctuation: in five countries; namely, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey

Is the punctuation of this sentence correct? The table given illustrates the expenditure on various products in five countries; namely, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Is the usage of a ...
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Struggling with Comma Usage in Essential and Non-Essential Clauses

I asked this question before, and I accepted a well explained answer. However, I am still struggling with the problem. In the meantime, I did my own research which further led to more confusion. My ...
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Comma usage and placement

According to Sautter (1980), authorities feared that the end of the war would leave thousands of workers from the weapons industries [,] and at least half a million “demobilized” soldiers [,] out of ...
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Which punctuation mark is most appropriate in the following sentence?

Which sentence with punctuation mark is correct? Sentence 1: The lack of information regarding this matter is what has led me to make the objective of this investigation: to answer this question....
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Usage of Apostrophe [duplicate]

I read this sentence in a novel The horses of Saint Mark's. Is the use of Apostrophe correct in this sentence? Since the novel is of a good author, I suppose it wouldn't be a mistake. Edit: For ...
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If I say “My message is: you should always speak your mind.”, and say another sentence after the period, will that sentence be part of my message too?

For example: My message is: If you want to approach someone, listen to your gut and do it. Nice people are truly hard to find and it is always worth a while to spend 5 minutes talking to them and ...
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Should I add an exclamation mark

This work pulled me more to the world of economy, and I liked every moment of it. Should I use an exclamation mark at the end of this sentence? It is a formal letter.
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punctuation mark

Which one of the following two sentences is correct? The boy whose pen was lost was very poor. Or, The boy whose pen was lost, was very poor. Do I require a comma before the 2nd was? Could ...
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ending “why not … ” with a question mark or period

If you were writing EFL materials, would you end the following sentence with a question mark or a period? Why not search for a recipe online, buy some ingredients, and make a cake of your dreams? ...
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Second “s” in names that ends with the s [duplicate]

Well, it's one particular name from One-Punch Man, Genos. Sometimes i see it's written as Geno's arm/body parts or something along the line, but not the Genos's arm/body parts. Where did second s go?
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Choice of punctuation: Which is easier for the native speaker to read

Which of these sentences is easier to read and understand for the native speaker? I guess it should also be the most correct of these options. Please note that the question is directed at the ...
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Is it correct to use colon in the following case?

One of my passions is to show Hawaii to the world: its beauty, history, mysteries. Is colon the right punctuation here? If not, what's the correct one?
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Use of commas and “or” with “e.g.”

In a book (Clean Architecture, Robert C. Martin, page 46) I read (e.g., jar files, DLLs, or Gem files) I wonder about the use of commas and or. I would have expected (e.g. jar files, DLLs or ...
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Did I put my commas in the right place?

In the following sentence (which I believe is how I best want to say this): Out of all the people who don’t understand what this group is, but post anyway you understand it best I left only one ...
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Grammar, punctuation, comma

Can anyone tell me, if the comma before primarily is incorrect grammatically? Employment Insurance, throughout the years, has been subjected to a flood of controversies, primarily surrounding the ...
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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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Correct way to enumerate ideas in English

My mother tongue is Spanish and in Spanish the correct way to enumerate ideas is saying something like the following: I have many ideas, among them we can find: idea A; idea B; idea C ;and finally, ...
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for the second time, in her office

a. Last Monday, I talked to her for the second time, in her office. Is the sentence correctly punctuated? Does it suggest that that was the second time I talked to her (whether in her office or not? ...
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threw me in a cage like an animal

a. They threw me in a cage like an animal. b. They threw me in a cage, like an animal. c. They threw me in a cage as they would an animal. d. They threw me in a cage, as they would an animal. The ...
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how do you punctuate: father son act

How would you properly punctuate this?? 1)The father, son act of Bob and Jim 2)The father-son act of Bob and Jim or 3)The father/son act of Bob and Jim
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Interpretation of an integrated relative in “my brother who doesn't [live in New York]” in context

Here goes a sentence from a grammar test published on the online version of The Telegraph (UK): I should like to introduce you to my sister Amanda, who lives in New York, to Mark, my brother who ...