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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Can the comma be omitted after “during 1983”?

In the sentence, "During 1983 temperatures set records," would it be okay to omit the comma after "during 1983"?
0
votes
2answers
29 views

If “I wonder” is separated by a comma, should the sentence end in a question mark instead of a full stop?

Is this sentence correct? I wonder, is it time for breakfast? "I wonder" sentences end with full stop, but what if it is separated by comma as in above sentence? Would it still be wrong to put ...
-1
votes
1answer
43 views

Do I need a comma in the end of the first part of a sentence that mentions an object of a verb that will be mentioned in the verb of the second part?

Do I need a comma in the end of the first part of a sentence that mentions an object of a verb that will be mentioned in the verb of the second part? For example: Whatever desires she may have, ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Is this a comma rule? (Phrase, phrase, clause.)

This sentence doesn't need a comma after "heat": The stuffy heat made him nauseous. This needs one: The muggy air, stuffy heat, made him nauseous. Because we included "the muggy air." Is ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

his brother Pete

a. She came here with her mother**,** Jane McIntosh. b. She came here with her mother Jane McIntosh. Which of the above is correctly punctuated? I think, as she has only one mother, (a) is correct, ...
0
votes
1answer
96 views

Commas with modifiers

In the two sentences: "It is estimared that around one in five people have a sleep disorder of some kind, affecting their abilty to get enough sleep." and "The number of people suffering from ...
0
votes
2answers
25 views

Do we need to put comma in between the position / occupation and name or not?

School of foundation studies dean, Dr.Wise said..... School of foundation studies dean Dr.Wise said..... Which sentence with comma is correct and why?
1
vote
3answers
80 views

Punctuation in saying the given phrase

I can climb to the top of that tree. How you ask? Well, like this. I can climb to the top of that tree. How, you ask? Well, like this. I can climb to the top of that tree. "How", you ask? Well, ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Placement of commas in certain phrasal enumerations

I am gonna burn your house, and then smash your car and maybe steal your dog. I am gonna burn your house, and then smash your car, and maybe steal your dog. Which one is correct? Do we place ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

How should similes be treated/considered grammatically? Should they be preceded by a comma?

Should similes, when it comes to grammar, be treated/considered as subordinating conjunctions of comparison (e.g. just as, though, etc.)? And therefore, they shouldn't be preceded by a comma (unlike ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Help in usage of punctuation

This sentence has been taken from Rudyard Kipling's "Lispeth". Whether Christianity improved Lispeth, or whether the gods of her own people would have done as much for her under any circumstances, ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

How to record a emphasized sentence where pause after each word?

I saw the title of an article, which is “Stop. Using. Periods. Period.” In literature, does the writer use period to record a emphasized sentence where pause after each word? e.g. “You. Are. In. Big. ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

Should there be a comma between “that” and “since” in the following sentence?

Perhaps he thought that(,) since his parka was too thick, he wouldn't be able to fit in the chair. Adding a comma there feels natural to me. However, that creates a parenthetical statement. And if ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

“to use in case of emergency”

a. This is a gun, to use in case of emergency. b. This is a gun, to use only in case of emergency. c. This is a gun, to be used in case of emergency. d. This is a gun, to be used only in case of ...
1
vote
2answers
31 views

On commas and conjunctions + of course

Grammatically speaking, should there be a comma before "of course" when it's preceded by a conjunction? Examples: He ordered a batch of cup noodles and other instant food. And(,) of course, beer....
1
vote
2answers
7k 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
1answer
13 views

Bullet list - verb or subject after a hyphenation

I always wonder how to write bullet lists with a hyphenation. The “Actions” menu contains the following options: Add role – it creates new role Add role – creates new role Can I start ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Direct address for 'you', does it need a comma or not?

You, get out. You is a direct address, so I'm asking the person to get out. Do I need to add the “,” between you and get?
0
votes
1answer
105 views

comma after “Firstly” at the beginning of a sentence?

A post (Comma after "of course" at the beginning of a sentence?) gives a clear rule/suggestion about the usage of comma after the transition words/phrases at the beginning of a sentence. ....
5
votes
2answers
269 views

How to quote a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe?

What is the correct way to enclose within double quotes a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe? For example: The "professionals'" confidence was badly shaken by the market crash. I used ...
1
vote
1answer
17 views

… with one hand while with the other

Should there be a comma in this case? Example sentence: He covered her mouth with one hand(,) while with the other he pressed the gun against her temple. If you search on Google Books, you get ...
0
votes
1answer
8k views

How do I punctuate “according to” in a sentence?

Here is the sentence I have trouble with: Please be informed, according to the local team, the part was delivered yesterday. I have a friend saying that I should not separate the according to ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Is comma discouraged in compound predicates even within long sentences?

I'm checking my new formal document with Grammarly, and feel uncomfortable seeing it suggesting I remove the comma in many compound predicates, even in longer ones. For example, the following sentence ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

ending “why not … ” with a question mark or period

If you were writing EFL materials, would you end the following sentence with a question mark or a period? Why not search for a recipe online, buy some ingredients, and make a cake of your dreams?
13
votes
4answers
2k views

How serious is the comma rule between coordinate adjectives?

I find the commas between coordinate adjectives unnecessary. For example, the followings seem to be both fine to me. It’s a bulky, heavy box. It’s a bulky heavy box. Is that so?
3
votes
2answers
120 views

Comma usage of non-restrictive and restrictive clauses containing that and which

I am a native speaker of English but am having trouble with the distinction between that and which, with respect to restrictive and non-restrictive clauses and comma usage. For example, which is ...
0
votes
2answers
29 views

the usage of the punctuation

Alow for the below sentence: In the middle of the day, for example, for every person, we, here, have to provide some drinks. I know that my sentence is a mess. But sometimes I face with ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

Should “no doubt” be surrounded by commas when put in the middle of a sentence?

I searched for "it was no doubt" on Google Books. The comma-less version is more common. My instinct, however, tells me that there should be commas since "no doubt" in this case is a parenthetical ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

Do I need a comma to set off “which causes thickening and discoloration of the nail” in a drug package leaflet?

Если вы обнаружили грибковую инфекцию ногтей (грибки растут на ногтевой пластине или под ней), которая вызывает утолщение и обесцвечивание ногтя, Вам следует обратиться к врачу, поскольку крем не ...
1
vote
1answer
20 views

Should the verb “be” be capitalized in a title?

For example if I were to write a title called, "The First Letter of Each Major Word in the Title Should Be Capitalized" Is this one correctly written? Should I capitalize "be" as well here?
0
votes
0answers
31 views

“PUNCTUATION or FULL STOP error?”

This is most unreasonable. It is outrageous simply scandalous I shall speak to him. The sentence had been found in a "Cambridge First Certificate in English" examination. Upon reading the sentence, ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

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: ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

What punctuation mark should I put after the word introduce (to emphasize, convey a pause), “Let me introduce (—/,/:) [name]”?

What punctuation mark should I put after the word introduce (to emphasize, convey a pause), "Let me introduce (—/,/:) [name]"? I would favor dash, but in English, it's used differently than in my ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Semi-colon vs comma usage in long list

I have doubt on semicolon and comma usage, should I swap their positions? Or should I put colon instead of semicolon? Out of the major expenses incurred by the company, raw materials accounted for ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
29 views

Should it be bachelor programme, bachelor's programme, bachelor program… or what?

Which of the following is/are correct: 1 a bachelor's programme 2 a bachelor's program 3 a bachelorprogram 4 a bachelor programme 5 a bachelor program Personally I'd go with (1) or possibly (4), ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

“The obvious question here is how does …” - Does this sentence require a question mark?

According to the Chicago Manual of Style Guide (17th Ed.) "An indirect question never takes a question mark." (6.69: Direct and indirect questions) "How the two could be reconciled was ...
1
vote
2answers
37 views

Should I put commas and periods before the ending quotation mark?

I know that it is advisable to put commas, periods, exclamation marks, and question marks before the ending quotation mark when dealing with direct speech, or quoting whole sentences. But what if I ...
-1
votes
1answer
41 views

Why are questions valid without question marks in speaking but not valid when writing? [closed]

In the case where I have What is the name of the fourth son. Without a question mark "?" in speaking it is considered a question but in writing it is not.
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Should I use a question mark or a period here?

"Why don't you come over here? Then we could talk." Hi. I can't figure out whether it is correct to use a question mark where I have or if it should be a period instead. What is correct? Is it ...
0
votes
2answers
28 views

Punctuation after conjunction like “or” and “and”

I am wondering when we put commas, because in most situations after a conjunction we don't put a comma. Example: This must be true or at least truer than the last proposition. However, we may ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

Why do you think semicolons are used herein?

The list below is taken from Barbara Abbott's 'Definiteness and Indefiniteness.' My query is not related to the contents of the paper but it is about the punctuation she uses, about the use of ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

like he told me

a. I opened the can like he told me. b. I opened the can, like he told me to. Are both of the above grammatically correct and do they mean the same? Do they mean: I opened the can in the manner he ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Question mark or period for the mentioned sentence?

Is such an act necessary, one might ask Does the above sentence need a question mark or a period?
1
vote
1answer
33 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
23 views

Is the use of “both” is correct in this sentence?

Requesting someone's help, In recent times, the vast advancement in digital technology has led to dramatic improvements in both how people interact with each other and maintain and build ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences?

The author ended his story by saying "life is short." The author ended his story saying "life is short." Does there need to be a comma after "story" in the second sentence? If so, why?
1
vote
2answers
34 views

other books, by other authors

These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books, by other authors, on this subject as well. These are the books I wrote in this subject. There are other books by other authors on ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How to properly write down an enumeration? No consensus in the literature

I doubt what is a proper, and suitable for in an academic text, way to give an enumeration. I used Google to see how other people (mainly in papers) do it, but there is not a consensus. The reason ...

1
2 3 4 5
14