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“So something,” vs. “so something that” vs. “so something”

I've seen the three versions. The one with a comma, the one with "that," and the one with nothing: It was so big, it was scary. It was so big that Sampson had to drag it to her. Only it ...
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Should an apostrophe be used when writing “predeceased by her husband's”?

Should there be an apostrophe after husband when writing "she is predeceased by her husband's" or should it be husbands?
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Is the second clause defining or non-defining clause?

When I plug the equipment into an electrical source, its green light turns on, but when I push the start button, the microwave does not work. I think there is an electrical problem , which ...
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On the expression “sun-down”

She took a factory job working from sun-down to sun-up. (Source: Drifting ) I think sun-down expression seems to have been made from "the sun is down", but what I want to know is what is the rule ...
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“In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco.” vs

In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco." or In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college, at Microsoft, in San Francisco." In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of ...
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How should I use of the structure: “the question what”?

Which sentence is correct? Why? Gerunds can answer the question "what". Gerunds can answer the question "what?". I often feel that it would be a mistake to write something like: "Seldom" ...
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use of brackets

What is the function of these brackets? Do they signify something or give details? Such as if I write: The sustainer of the poor (people)… Does the word ‘people’ refer back to the whole phrase “...
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How to correctly punctuate a statement that has a list of questions after a colon?

Option 1: An unemployed individual asks three essential questions following their loss of employment: Do I qualify for EI benefits? If I qualify, how much will I receive? How long will I receive EI ...
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Do we use comma in this situation or not?

Do we use comma in this situation or not? I have a sentence in mind and I was wondering if someone could give me a feedback on it. He yelled "blasphemy!" as the man showed him the Bible on top of ...
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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punctuation following “Likewise”

I'm wondering whether or not "Likewise" should be followed by a comma in the following dialogue: A: Hello, you must be Peter. B: And you must be Sam. A: That's right. Welcome to Boston. ...
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What is the correct punctuation Of the following statement

Is ; rightly placed in the following sentence or not? He is a nice boy; however, he had been rude last evening
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The precise meaning of comma splice

I was told by one supporter that there is a case of comma splice in the following sentence: When he was able to crack the Trident code, that was deemed by many as his major achievement in his ...
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Read the grammar box and check your answer. Should I put a comma?

I am proofreading, and I found this sentence: Read the passage and answer the questions below. I believe that we need to put a comma before 'and' since there are two independent clauses. Thus, it ...
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Use of colon in bibliography

An article describes one of the usage of colon as: In bibliography entries. Many citation styles use a colon to separate information in bibliography entries. Example: Kurlansky, M. (2002). ...
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Colon between title and subtitle

A colon is often put between the title and the subtitle of essays and articles. Is it necessary? Can I drop it?
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In this sentence, is the comma after “president” necessary?

This is the plan of the United States' new president, Donald Trump. I have seen sentences like the above both with and without that comma after "president". Which is the right way to write it?
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Placement of comma in order to be grammatically correct

He drew a deep breath as they slowly lowered the rope. He drew a deep breath as, slowly, they lowered the rope. He drew a deep breath as slowly, they lowered the rope. I wrote the sentence ...
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The use of the colon in context

Tell me please if I used the colon correctly in the following sentence. What word does convey the meaning better: connote or imply? I am not sure if it is a correct use of it. So tell me please ...
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Can a comma always replace a colon?

Can a comma always replace a colon? I am not sure, but I think I've heard you can replace a colon (:) with a comma (,) without significantly changing the meaning in any way, the comma is a more ...
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Do we put an interrogation mark inside a quote?

Do we put an interrogation mark inside a quote? I've heard you shouldn't put a dot, but I feel like you should put an interrogation mark inside a quote, because otherwise you wouldn't know if it's a ...
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Do you need to wrap the phrase “including X” with commas?

Do you need to wrap the phrase "including X" with commas? I was told that you had to, but I am not sure if it's true, because I don't think it's necessarily a parenthetical clause, at least it's not ...
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Does part of a sentence starting with “For why else” need question mark?

Death must be an evil — and the gods agree; for why else would they live for ever ? Source: Sappho (c. 600 B.C.). Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta, ed. Edgar Lobel and Denys Page. Oxford: Clarendon ...
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comma before the word “too”

Is it correct to put a comma before the word too in this sentence? He was getting tired of eating sandwiches! It turned out his father was getting tired of eating sandwiches, too, so they both went ...
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capital or small letter in the first letter after a term definition double colons

If I am using double colons to define a term, shall I start the first letter after it with capital or small? Example: Top-websites: Websites that are visited by more than # users each day. Or, ...
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What punctuation should I use between a question and a bullet list?

Posting in a StackExchange website, I was confronted to this situation: Should I do it considering the following? condition 1 condition 2 ... My first question is, was I right to use a question ...
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Should I add a comma before “then” in the following examples (dependent/nonrestrictive clauses)?

A few examples: He gulped from his glass(,) then stroke and twisted it. He blinked at her for a few second(,) then smiled. She stared at his chest for a moment(,) then agreed with a nod. ...
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Commas around introductory phrase which is part of subordinate clause

Example sentence: The army was barely ready when, in February 1794, the war broke out. Are the commas around "in February 1794" correct? Could I leave them out? Or should I rather move "in ...
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comma before “which” clause

This is important for corporations to gain the trust of their customers which increases the profits of companies. This is important way for corporations to gain the trust of their customers, ...
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The use of a comma in context

Tell me please it is correct to use a comma in the following sentence. Because he was tall, he was able to reach the ball.
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Why are there commas before “or even” in the following examples (even though they don't introduce independent clauses)?

I searched for "or even like taking a" on Google, and I got results like these: Sometimes that work looks a lot like staring blankly at the page, or even like taking a long walk with the dog. ...
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Should we use comma when using “after” as preposition at the begining of sentence?

Is comma to be used after flood in this example ? "After the flood the area was hit by an epidemic in spite of the measures urgently takan."
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Why is a comma needed before the following like simile?

It looked weird, like having a garden inside your apartment. I thought the comma was optional in cases like these. But I searched for "it looked weird, like" on Google and almost every result had a ...
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Quote within quote

This is the situation : I am to mark a statement true or false with supporting statements from text. I like to put the extract in quotes to mean that it is the exact copy of the text. The problem is ...
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A period after a question mark

I read something written by a native, reliable English speaker, where he ended his sentence and question with a question mark followed by a period. What he wrote: [Some preceding text] If you were ...
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Should there be a comma before “which meant that” in the following case?

According to Grammarly's blog, you should use a comma with non-restrictive phrases: Jeff’s new car, which is less than a month old, already started leaking oil. And leave it out with ...
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Can “A game a few would play” be a valid structure?

This is a line in a "poem", but I have changed two words to "game" and "play" with preserving the sentence exact structure. Indeed, a game a few would play. I have searched for this structure ...
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Why is there a comma before but in the following case (dependent clause)?

The following example ends with a dependent clause, so I assumed I shouldn't put a comma before but: She was beautiful enough to attract men but not to intimidate them. I checked similar sentences ...
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Semicolon or colon in this sentence

I want to put an semicolon in his sentence, but I am not sure it is right. Hi, SCM deployed this; it is ready for testing. Also, could a colon be used in place of the semi-colon?
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Can we put a comma before another punctuation?

There's a show called "What Would You Do?" and I was wondering if you can put a comma after the interrogation mark. For example: What Would You Do?, the popular hidden camera show, was canceled by ...
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Comma or semicolon?

Do I use a comma or semicolon in the example below? For your convenience; changes are in red and I’ve also attached your prior comments.
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Punctuation: Which sentence is correct?

Edit: (I apologize if my question does not make sense. English is not my first language) Hello, I have just started learning English from online resources and I cannot figure out which sentence is ...
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“This food is sweet for a meal, sour for a dessert” - the punctuation for this construction

If I have to state its general form, I would write: ... [X] + as/for/article/none + [noun 1] , [X antonym] + as/for/article/none + [noun 2] . X: is any adjective I want to know if the comma makes ...
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Comma in “or rather.”

I was shocked to discover that or rather is used with and without comma in a dictionary: https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/or-rather It is fear, or rather fears, that I want to speak about in ...
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How would one punctuate a sentence which began as a question but ended with a statement?

The sentence is "Can I ride with you because the other car is already full"
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comma before that systems

In this sentence why we use comma before that?? "Eventually, this led to redistribution systems for luxuries and basic commodities, systems that were organized and controlled by Minoan rulers from ...
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He is picky about food(,) so he only eats what he likes

He is picky about food so he only eats what he likes. He is picky about food, so he only eats what he likes. Which one is correct? Do we have to put a comma before 'so' or not?
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Why are important information set off by a pair of commas in the following sentences?

Non-essential information is supposed to be set off by a pair of commas. In the following sentences, the parts enclosed by a pair of commas are essential to the meaning of the sentences. Without ...
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A word in parentheses with a punctuation mark

I have come across the format of where one single word rests inside parenthesis and is followed by a punctuation mark. Some of how I have seen it used (The examples are written by me but I have ...
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Quotation marks

Should the quotation marks ("I") be used in the following sentence?: In scientific papers, singular personal pronoun "I" tends to be replaced by a plural form. For my opinion, it's correct. What ...