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 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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Should there be a comma after “loose” in this sentence?

I read a sentence which was: He reiterated his plea for a loose (united), confederation with considerable autonomy for the confederating units. I don't think there should be a comma in between an ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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; ...
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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?
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)
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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
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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? ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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“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.