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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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Does adding a comma before “or” change the meaning of a phrase?

For example, the definition given from the OALD for pronoun is the following one: a word that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase, for example he, it, hers, me, them, etc. If I would rewrite ...
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Is it okay to write “gale force” without the hyphen?

Northern New South Wales is bracing for more flooding today. Heavy rain and gale force winds are expected to hit the region later this morning. (ABC News) ABC’s news script has no hyphen between ...
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If a comma were to be put before “when”, does it change the meaning?

"So what happened to you two?" said Harry. "Well, I got back all right," said Hermione. "I brought Ron round - that took a while - and we were dashing up to the owlery to contact Dumbledore when ...
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Can a colon be regarded as a junction for complex sentences?

Bessie and Abbot having retreated, Mrs. Reed, impatient of my now frantic anguish and wild sobs, abruptly thrust me back and locked me in, without farther parley. I heard her sweeping away; and soon ...
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Which is right in this sentence: semicolon or colon?

Daylight began to forsake the red-room; it was past four o'clock, and the beclouded afternoon was tending to drear twilight. I heard the rain still beating continuously on the staircase window, and ...
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Should period (full stop) be inside or outside brackets?

If some part of the sentence at the end is enclosed in brackets, should the full stop be inside or outside the bracket? I need to visit the supermarket to get some fruits, groceries and clothes (...
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Is it ok to use guillemets for quotations?

Is it okay to use guillemets (1) for quotations in English? They are used in French. (1) Guillemets are angle quotation marks, «, », ‹, and ›
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Does the question mark mean this is a question?

Imagine the following written conversation, as recently occurred via SMS between me and a friend (edited for brevity): A: What are you going to do today? B: I don't know. Go shopping? What ...
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Should I use diacritical marks?

Being a speaker of several European languages, I'm always getting upset when I see people are using certain loanwords ignoring accent marks: Sending my resume for your review; We went to cafe; ...
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Using quotation marks in direct speech

My native language allows omitting quotation marks in sentences containing direct speech when the borderline between the "wrapper" sentence and the quoted speech is obvious and does not produce ...