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Is "?:" still not a valid punctuation or has it come into use? What is the best replacement for this when the question is too long?

Is "?:" still not a valid punctuation, or has it come into use? https://english.stackexchange.com/a/90994/443467 is when the question is short. What is the best replacement for this when the ...
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"This one is a question, too" vs "This one is a question. Too"

Is "This one is a question, too" the same as "This one is a question. Too"? Is the "Too" understood in the second case? Are the two spoken differently?
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The Use of '—' mark

So, I am reading newspapers quite a lot, nowadays to develop my English proficiency. Going through the contents, I find some of them to have used '—'. And I wonder what's the rule behind it: maybe to ...
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Comma before "and also"

Times New Roman, Arial and Courier New are the most commonly used fonts on Windows, and also preinstalled on macOS. Is it correct to put a comma before "and also"? Note: I don't have an ...
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Colon or comma in this sentence

This is a frozen pack. To cook, bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius. This is a frozen pack. To cook: bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius. Is colon correctly used here?
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What punctuation should I use to connect "I was reminded of something Sara had said" and "that people are often..."?

There's a sentence I wanted to write but I don't know which punctuation mark goes between these clauses: "I was reminded of something Sara had said" and "that people are often..." ...
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using colon or semi colon at the end of conditional statements

I want to add a colon or semi-colon after making conditional statements. Can we do this? Here are some examples: If you wish to go to bed, you can do that now: just brush your teeth, tidy up your ...
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Comma instead of an and?

The following passage is from a BBC news article. Prescription pill abuse is taking off in Sudan's conservative society, partly because it lacks the social stigma and pungent, giveaway odour of ...
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Where to put comma or how to rephrase? I need a plum, and an apple or a pear [closed]

How to write the sentence, where to put a comma or how to rephrase: "I need a plum, and an apple or a pear". Meaning: I will be satisfied if I have a plum and an apple OR a plum and a pear.
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Why is a comma necessary after "holding" in "based on, or holding, the belief"?

This is from the Oxford Learner's Dictionary. egalitarian adjective ​based on, or holding, the belief that everyone is equal and should have the same rights and opportunities I wonder why it is ...
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Comma before but in compound predicate

Should I use a comma before "but"? This is a compound predicate, but the two verbs are in contrast with each other. She smiles but still hesitates... She smiles, but still hesitates...
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"Dark, straight hair" and "Curly gray hair"

My book says "dark, straight hair" and "curly gray hair" are ways to describe physical appearance. I've seen there's an order of adjectives people usually follow and I wonder why ...
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Do we use a comma before "as"?

Can we use a comma before "as", if it comes in a second clause? Cpec will stabilize the economic sector of Pakistan, as it is a flagship project of BRI. Or Cpec will stabilize the ...
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Punctuations inside quote with regard to single quotation marks

My friend told me about the party. "We had a lot of fun there. Jen was having a great time and kept yelling 'This is so much fun!' before passing out. My friend told me about the party. "We ...
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Can a semi-colon be used like this? Are there more reduced forms of these sentences?

Is it understood when semi-colons and commas are used to combine long, similar clauses like this? Which one is correct of the following?: A) The color on the square to the right turned red, the one to ...
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What's the right punctuation (and why) for the phrase, "You're holding my hand Chuck you sly dog" [closed]

It's a phrase from Peanuts, said by Peppermint Pat whenever Charlie Brown touched her appendage. "You're holding my hand Chuck you sly dog" I've seen it punctuated several different ways. ...
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Can COMMA be replaced with AND between two adjectives?

Can I replace the COMMA with AND in the following sentence? He was a difficult, stubborn child.
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Is using "it" after the em dash ungrammatical here?

The thought of going to that scary mansion again—it paralyzes me. This sentence should be The thought of going to that scary house again paralyzes me. Is it ungrammatical after adding the em dash and ...
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“You realize” at end of sentence

“This is why you’re here you realize” or “This is why you’re here,you realize.” I realize that “you realize” could be fronted and resolve this issue. But I’m trying to figure out what part of grammar “...
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Can a semicolon be used to separate phrases?

It is no small consolation to remember that even the mightiest of powers flounder on the desolate shoals of terrorism; semicolonjust look at the Americans in AfghanistanLink 1 Primary education will ...
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Why has comma been used to separate two independent clauses?

Why has comma been used to separate two independent clauses? The overwhelming power that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act gives to the state, [comma]the sheer impunity with which government ...
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Which Punctuation Do You Use For Quotations

Which one of these if correct, if I am trying to refer to a quote 'We're all a little bit gay' - Harry Styles "We're all a little bit gay" - Harry Styles
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Can there be a comma between these quotes (dialogue)?

"Hey, look!" a boy shouted behind Tom, "he is naked." Is that punctuation correct? To use a comma after Tom?
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substituting "that is" with a comma

Her necklace is made of gems from the Collin island girt with minerals Is this sentence as such correct with respect to grammar and punctuation? Should there be a comma next to "island?" ...
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Comma use with adjectives

He was watching, wide-eyed, his house being demolished. Should there be commas around wide-eyed? There are some examples online but its like half-half. Some of them use it, some don't.
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How many commas should one be using here?

Would tomorrow, 10 PM, work? Would tomorrow, 10 PM work? Would tomorrow 10 PM work? Are all these sentences grammatically correct? Do we use two commas or one? Or none?
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Is it required to put comma after "doing smth" at the beginning of sentence? [duplicate]

Is it required to put comma after "doing something" at the beginning of sentence? Examples: (1) Conducting presentations(,) he showed the ability to confidently speak in public. (2) Working ...
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Why has a comma separated two sentences?

The West Bengal government has also informed various institutes that once the NOC has been issued, they will not entertain any complaints regarding any negative effect on the intern’s ongoing ...
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Puctuation - comma before a prepositional phrase

They are soldiers who come to the battlefield armed with their respective murderous weapons. In a document about "Prepositional phrases and commas" it is said that we are supposed to add a ...
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Using Colon to list out items

Colons can to used to list items. Borrowing an example from yourdictionary.com, There are three things every dog needs: food, water and healthcare. Can the same be presented as below? Food, water ...
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Is this sentence correct ? Are these 2 sentences bounded correctly?

'Mr. Smith invited Mr. Adachi for a business lunch, to introduce their new accountant to him and to discuss their future relationship.' For the sentence above, I want to ask: Are these two sentences ...
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Is it apostrophe-s or only the apostrophe for singular nouns ending in -s?

This page gives the following examples of correct punctuation showing possession for singular nouns ending in -s: Thomas's job the bus's arrival James's fiancée Steve Davis's victory VS Socrates' ...
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Giant/giant's/giants- which is the right choice in the given context?

Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giant's. Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giants. Microsoft ...
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Burger King’s expanded its Royal Perks rewards program

Is the apostrophe 's incorrect after "Burger King"? The sentence comes from CNN. Burger King’s expanded its Royal Perks rewards program nationwide earlier this year.
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Question mark to epxress uncertainty?

Instead of using it to ask a question, can you use the question mark to express uncertainty? Who did that? I don't know? I always did this, but now I am not sure if I was using it wrongly all this ...
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Should I use a comma before and (Comma Before And in Lists) in the following sentences?

Grammarly advices me to add , before and in the following phrases and sentences with the following comment It seems that this sentence contains a series of three or more words, phrases, or clauses. ...
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Is "That is to say" used correctly in the following sentence?

In many situations, applicants are checked for criminal convictions to reduce the risks of potential hazards. That is to say, employers tend to hire someone without any criminal background. I need to ...
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How can I express the meaning of a word?

For the name (word), I can write: “cat”, ‘cat’, or cat For the referent, I can write: cat For the meaning, how should I write it?
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Punctuation and sentence structure

"I knew we were holed deep under the waterline, I could more or less feel it in my body, something vital torn out of the ship echoed in the pit of my stomach, some mischief done, deep, deep in ...
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Tokyo Japan vs. Tokyo, Japan vs. Tokyo, Japan,

Could someone tell me which one of the following sentences is correct? I will travel to Tokyo Japan next month. or I will travel to Tokyo, Japan next month. or I will travel to Tokyo, Japan, next ...
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the majority heading to Europe

Are the following sentences equivalent in meaning? How do (b) and (c) differ in usage? (a) Many Syrian people have been driven out of the country and the majority headed to Europe. (b) Many Syrian ...
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Should a colon or semicolon be used in the example below?

Is it okay to use a colon in the example below? I'm not doing anything special this weekend: I'm planning on going to the gym, watching Netflix, and doing a bit of reading. Or is it better to use a ...
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How do I write bullet lists?

I'm in despair... I have a very good grasp of how to write bullet lists in my own language (there is one single set of rules that should always be used), and I've just assumed the rules are the same ...
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Should I add a comma before "and"?

Example 1 Alice eats pizza, and Bob drinks coffee. In the above sentence, I believe there should be a comma before "and". But how about the following case? This is a place where Alice ...
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Ending "let me know xxx" with a question mark or period?

I am writing an email. The last line of the email is as follows: Let me know when can I come for the same? I am asking a question but at the same time I am starting the sentence with let me know. In ...
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What is the right punctuation when the object clause has an adverbial clause of reason?

What is the right punctuation when the object clause has an adverbial clause of reason? The example is as follows. The intuition is that, since A is right, B is right. Some alternatives: The ...
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Can I use exact (clock) time as an introductory phrase after "At"?

As in: "At 2:15 AM, she entered the victim's bedroom carrying a knife." Can that exact time be considered a part of an introductory phrase and split the sentence with a comma? Also, if that ...
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Why the comma in "I received a gift from Uncle George, but not from my other uncle"?

As far as I understand it, "But not from my other uncle" is not an independent clause. It could show contrast, but that would still require an independent clause, like "John is rich, ...
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Ending "let me know xxx" with a question mark or period? [duplicate]

I am writing an email. The last line of the email is as follows - Let me know when can I come for the same? I am asking a question but at the same time I am starting the sentence with let me know. ...
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Can you make a compound predicate with "but" or not?

I'm learning about commas, and some say you can't make compound predicate with "but". Others say you can. For example, the sentence: "We talked about not going to the meeting, but ...
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