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

"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.
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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 ...
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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 '...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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'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, ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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? ...
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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?...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.”
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...