Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

1
vote
1answer
9 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

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?
0
votes
0answers
17 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
26 views

Is a comma needed in following sentence? [closed]

Is a comma needed in following sentence? The scientist presented his theory, and went on to attack the opponents.
2
votes
1answer
65 views

The proper punctuation of (Thanks + independent sentence)

When a thank you phrase is followed by an independent sentence that is related to the thanking part, what is the correct and most proper punctuation to use? There are many possible ones to apply; ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Does there need to be a comma after football?

We can play football or watch a movie. We can watch football, or watch a movie. Does there need to be a comma after football?
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Do I need a comma in the following sentence containing two independent clauses?

That day Mary looked tired; her eyes looked small for the first time(,) and her mouth contorted into a yawn every five minutes. I'm confused because I found similar constructions on Google Books. ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

Shouldn't there be a comma in this phrase from the Frankenstein novel?

One guy has posted this quote from Frankenstein novel and asked about the meaning of some phrases: The room was dark, and at first I could only see a mass of wires, glass bottles and jars, and ...
2
votes
2answers
36 views

When to put a comma before but?

I heard that you put a comma before but when you're connecting two independent clauses, but what if the second clause doesn't contain a verb? Does it mean it's not independent? There are a few cases ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

How do I write people doing something at the same time? [closed]

While Lorrainne got in the driver's seat mom got into the passenger seat.(they are switching places)
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Solar and wind powered

How to correctly write "Solar and wind powered" in a sentence? Are hyphens required? Possible options: Solar and wind powered Solar- and wind-powered Solar and wind-powered Solar and windpowered
2
votes
1answer
23 views

Is the second comma ungrammatical?

Usually, we see the following sentence: Hello Eric, could you please tell me why you are here? But I am wondering if this one is ok too: Hello, Eric, could you please tell me why you are here? ...
1
vote
1answer
17 views

Use of commas in a descriptive sentence [duplicate]

My eyes blinked in unbelief as they beheld the domineering statue, the inscription "Power has no limits" on its face and "I came, saw, and conquered" on its feet. Should there be a comma after face, ...
0
votes
2answers
25 views

Syntax of “There they all were, talking about homework and Quidditch and who knew what other rubbish”

Hermione ripped open the newspaper and began to read the report inside while Harry looked around the Great Hall. He could not understand why his fellow students were not looking scared or at least ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

“To X, to Y,” vs “to X, to Y”

In the novel Me Before You. I stumbled into this sentence: But to actively, to voluntarily, play a part in her own son's death? I was surprised because Google Books also has a version without the ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

Why has comma been used after “been” in this sentence?

I read an example in Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: His son has been, in politics a nonstarter. Why was comma used after "been" not after "in politics"? Because in this sort of sentences, ...
2
votes
2answers
23 views

Can we put an interrogation mark after a question that's in the middle of a sentence?

I know the sentence is overly long, but I saw authors do that too, but the question is not if this is bad style, the question is whether it's ok to nest the question in the middle of the sentence and ...
3
votes
3answers
44 views

Is there a comma before “and soon” at the end of a sentence?

I'm proofreading for an author and his sentence is, in essence, written like this: Bob will be exposed for his bad deeds and soon. I think you need a comma before "and soon," but I can't find a ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Period after Hi (Hi.)

We usually write: Hi, John. But if I'd like to write simply Hi followed by a Period, ie, Hi. How are you? Is it correct? Thank you.
0
votes
2answers
131 views

“What is your name” vs. “What your name is” in this context [closed]

Which sentence is grammatical: Tell me, what is your name? Tell me, what your name is. Tell me the uses of both the sentences along with correct punctuation marks.
1
vote
1answer
17 views

Are punctuations within quotes ok?

I wrote the following as an example: There are Christian men who pretend to be virtuous while at the same time committing sins like adultery like it was nothing. I say "Blasphemy!" However ...
1
vote
1answer
19 views

When can we use a colon after a dash?

This is from The Development of Human Rights Law by the Judges of the International Court of Justice by Shiv R.S. Bedi: If, as Prof Brownlie states—:'Sovereignty, or sovereignty and independence, ...
0
votes
1answer
15 views

“Knowing Language know grammar is easy.” Is the sentence correct? [closed]

"Having a lot of money have respect for others is not easy." Are my sentences correct, does it need any punctuation mark ? Please Explain me. I am not a native speaker.
0
votes
2answers
23 views

Is the extra comma grammatical?

This comes from The Life of John Wesley, Volume 2 by Robert Southey With all this, the zeal of this extraordinary man was such, that, as he truly said of himself, the sword was too sharp for the ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

relative clause

With most children there are certain years of childhood, which every parent feels ought to free from the burden and responsibilities of the life. In this sentence, why is a comma needed after '...
2
votes
2answers
28 views

Which is the proper use of the adverb “equally”?

Because it matters to me as it does to you equally. -In this sentence I've placed the adverb at the end of the sentence even though I'd prefer to reform the sentence, for emphasis purposes, into: ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

How to punctuate a complex sentence with two quotes?

Supposing, there is a sentence: For example, if parents ask their son or daughter: “There are 10 ballerinas at the theater but all of female dancers have gone on the tour. How many ballerinas ...
0
votes
2answers
22 views

Is this the correct use of a semicolon?

Why should we be reading things that don’t interest or portain to us on standardized test; the tests that matter the most? I'm trying to put a pause and more emphasis on, "the tests that matter the ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Can I remove the comma?

There was the Hero of the North, whose partner was Michael. I am wondering if this sentence can be turned into: There was the Hero of the North whose partner was Michael. I am wondering if the ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

Punctuation rules in a business letter addressed to several recipients

I usually use: Diana, Thank you for.. Dan, I considered your.. I've seen in my incoming letters: Diana - thank you.. Dan - I considered your.. So the questions is: What is ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

How can I use question mark correctly?

What is your father's name, mother's name, and brother's name ? Can you answer the following? Or the following: Are you well?...or not? Which is\are correct among the three? ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

'and therefore'

I'm currently in the midst of proofreading a particular text, and this following paragraph reads strangely to me: He took some time to arise from his cruciform, corpse-like state on the wicket, ...
2
votes
1answer
29 views

punctuation marks - importance and examples [closed]

I wonder whether there are such cases in English when punctuation marks (commas, semicolons and so on) can change the meaning of the sentence completely? For example, in Russian it happens very ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

How to use slash correctly?

I always get confused with use of slash. Hello Gary and Stephen, Hello Gary\Stephen, Hello Gary/Stephen, which one is acceptable?
1
vote
2answers
37 views

Comma before “that's great”

Could you, please, help me out with this sentence Your dad's bought a car, that's great Is it correct to use comma before "that"? Would it be better if I separate those 2 halves with a full stop? ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Using / between parts with spaces in them

Consider this sentence: Development of semantic networks/ontologies could ... Here, I mean "semantic networks" and/or "ontologies". Is the sentence Ok in its current form or it needs to be changes?...
5
votes
1answer
95 views

Why sometimes it is correct not to put a comma after an if-clause?

There is a recommendation to put a comma after an if-clause which is placed at the beginning of a sentence. For example: If there was the time when songs like this were not needed, I would not live ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Best X and Y vs. Best X and Best Y

Came across a place with the name Best Bagel and Coffee. This naturally brought up a debate on the following, does "Best X and Y" mean: We have the best X AND best Y We have the best X, and also we ...
2
votes
1answer
31 views

Should there be a space after “No.”, “p. (=page)” before numbers and after “a./p.” before “m.”

Should there be a space after “No.”, “p. (=page)” before numbers and after “a./p.” before “m.”
2
votes
2answers
46 views

Em dashes or double commas?

I am considering how to choose between em dashes and double commas. The example I am considering is a sentence originally of the form We will give another proof of a theorem in 'some' book, an ...
1
vote
1answer
19 views

How to use colon correctly in a presentation

I would like to clearly understand how to use a colon in a presentation. I read that the colon : is used to add further information to the sentence. I wonder how to use it in a presentation to add ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
28 views

“ 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
22 views

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"
1
vote
2answers
51 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
43 views

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
0
votes
2answers
32 views

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, ...