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Should comma be used in “X not Y”?

Consider two sentences: 1) What we see here is an apple not an orange. 2) What we see here is an apple, not an orange. Context to clarify: there's an apple, but someone says it's an orange. ...
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Which one is correct, with or without a comma?

(1) It is possible to acquire through long experience some appreciation of the point of view of the laboratory scientist, some understanding of his methods, and the way he conceives a problem. (2) It ...
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Clarifying the following sentence of confusion using two alternating conjunctions and semicolon before and

Nearly 10 percent of readers came from Japan ; and Australia, India and France all contributed a significant readership as well. Two questions, why did the writer use semicolon before “and”? ...
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Quotation mark are separated whenever he is talking about many signs, is that right?

THE SOURCE: New York Times A section of the wall had been covered in signs. “Happy Father’s Day Chris B.” “Happy Thanksgiving Luchie.” “I Love You Payroll.” “Stay Strong Hubberz. We Got This.” ... ...
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How could two independent clauses join together with no conjunction or semicolon?

Big stock-market gains are leading a number of investors to abandon defensive positions taken to protect against a market downturn, the latest sign that many doubters are shedding caution as the long ...
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“Half joked, half scolded” or “half-joked, half-scolded”?

I'm confused because I see both versions on Google Books. Example sentence: "Hey, no eavesdropping next time, you hear?" she half(-)joked, half(-) scolded.
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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 ...
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Should it be M_th or M^th?

I am wondering when I want to refer to for example, third instance of something, should the rd be superscript or subscript? What about when the exact digit is replaced with a variable like M?
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British Punctuation versus American Punctuation

I've learned that American English use double quotation marks and place periods inside quotation marks while British English use single quotation marks and place periods outside quotation marks. ...
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What punctuation, if any, belongs between “says” and “Kevin”?

My Mom kinda chuckles and says “Kevin, that’s because you’re using adrenaline to run away from the…creature.” Should I put punctuation after "says"?
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I do not know how to correctly write this kind of sentence

A man is selling fruits and there are 3 kinds: apple, banana and melon. In the above sentence ":" is used, but if I do not want to use ":", how should I write a sentence? I am thinking of A man ...
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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?
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Punctuation order [duplicate]

Where do you place punctuation when quoting a question? Also in general. I’m not sure whether to place the quotation mark before or after the punctuation mark. -“How can a young man cleanse his ways”?...
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A question about comma usage: should it be “me,” or “me”, in this case? [duplicate]

I am reading an article here: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/12/what-makes-you-you.html When you say the word “me,” you probably feel pretty clear about what that means. It’s one of the things you’re ...
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Is it “dyed blonde hair” or “dyed-blonde hair”?

What's the correct option? I find both instances on Google Books, so I'm a little confused. Example sentence: Mary had black cat-eye shades and dyed blonde/dyed-blonde hair.
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Do you need comma after phrases like “Under X …” or “On the X side …”?

Example sentence: Under an advertisement screen (,) stood a Gothic Lolita. On her left(,) knelt a sweet Lolita. An ESL teacher told me to remove these commas. But at the same time, they seem ...
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Using commas before names

Using commas in a lot of languages are indispensable, however in English language frequently commas are absolutely redundant because of word ordering. My native language frequently influences me to ...
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Do you usually need a comma before “in this case”?

Example sentence: This was the first time she played the main character in a film---the movie of her life(,) in this case. Do I need the comma in this case? Note: I made a Google search. But ...
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comma usage following two alternative prepositions

Could someone please tell me which of the two phrases is more correct (and why)?: They fly at speed in, or even above, the clouds. They fly at speed in, or even above the clouds.
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You would vs. you’d

I’m wondering what is the correct punctuation in this sentence: My place works, unless you would/you’d like to have the meeting at your place.
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Does this prepositional phrase need commas?

Which one of the following is best?: Notice how on the surface he looks like he hasn't stolen anything. Notice how, on the surface, he looks like he hasn't stolen anything.
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How to punctuate when a sentence is embedded into another sentence

As in title. For example, "Where have you been?" she asked at home. "We don't know it." he said in that meeting. The sentence "where are you?" is grammatical. So, what would be the ...
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Punctuation with “equivalently” and “alternatively”

What is the preferable punctuation when using equivalently in the middle of a sentence in order to give an equivalent interpretation of something as illustrated below? It minimizes the power ...
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However hopefully

How can I start a sentence with however and hopefully? (In terms of semantic, grammar and punctuation) A typhoon is looming. However hopefully, we are leaving the city.
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Punctuation in the case of two independent clauses with introductory phrases

It’s well known that introductory phrases should be followed by commas. Here is an example: To stay in shape for competition, athletes must exercise every day. Consider now the following two ...
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Can appositives be composed of adjectives?

I’ve been reading a bit about apposition, and all the examples seem to be revolving around noun phrases. I’m wondering if adjectives can also form appositives. Consider, for instance, the following ...
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Quotation Mark punctuation on thoughts

I was writing a review on Goodreads and a question emerged after these sentences. When I was just a wee little boy I would finish this book thinking "Wow. Wonderland Rocks." Today I finished this ...
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Punctuation and articles check

When asking this question, I used three following sentences: In this manual I've met a sentence: During my classes, I was told that the double usage of the in structures like A of B is ...
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Do you end pleads with an exclamation point?

In my language an exclamation point is used at the end of a sentence if it is emotional, an order or if you are asking something of someone. For example: I am angry! - conveys a strong emotion March ...
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Odd sentence construction — Herman Melville — Moby Dick

The sentence below is from Melville's Moby Dick. The main portion of the sentence--that is to say, the part of the sentence that conveys the main message--is "As I sat there in that now lonely room, I ...
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Is my native co-worker wrong or me? (Using And AND Commas)

My co-worker who is an English native speaker often makes grammar errors like follows: For example, Jane has an apple, and a banana. Robots, and Dolls are for kids. This really left me ...
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“To keep up — a new and exciting…” why this sentence is split up?

THE SOURCE Becker found himself struggling to keep up — a new and exciting experience for him. Why is the sentence split up? I mean why the writer separate the phrasal verb "keep up" from "a new ...
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What does em dash mean here?

These days I am studying about the different uses of em dash. What is the use of "em dash" here? The color pink has been my favourite. I have developed a passion for this beautiful color. I like ...
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Is the comma needed after the word “nowadays”?

The first mobile phones were heavy and clumsy to use, but nowadays they are much easier to handle. I think there should be the comma after the word "nowadays" like in: "Nowadays, I bake my own ...
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Is a comma after a verb and before an infinitive phrase acceptable?

Examples: I strive, to get success to me. The old man with a beer bottle ran, to learn to run without spilling. An apple fell, to adhere to gravity. If commas don't work can you recommend what I ...
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Em Dashes as seperation of a preposition phrase

Can em dashes be used to separate prepositional phrases? So that phrase is only used as to modify the noun directly before it, and to the rest of the sentence is non-existent. Examples: Truth ...
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If this quote grammatically correct?

I read this today: President Obama is speaking. In those amazing, full sentences with proper grammar, that we all love so much. Isn't this improper grammar? Shouldn't it be: In those amazing ...
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Is it necessary to put a comma before 'so' here?

I've learned that commas must be put before and, but, so, ect. However, I came across this sentence in a reading test. Exercise causes blood vessels to open up so blood flows more easily. Why is ...
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When you can't change the girl, change the girl

How can one differentiate between these two "Girl"? I mean I was not able to understand the sentence first is there any sort of punctuation missing in this sentence? Just want to clarify my ...
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the list of professions within the dashes

They used to get paid on Wednesdays, but the factory had recently altered the schedule, and the shoemakers – the skivers, vampers, cutters, and stitchers; the trimmers, turn lasters, cementers, and ...
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different from, or opposite to my traditional statements. Vs. different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements

I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements. I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to my traditional ...
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Colon use - Can I use a colon here?

In the sentence, "My school requires the following: a resume and a good grades." Can I use a colon? I realize that grammar rules require an independent clause before the colon. Is, "My school ...
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Can I remove the second “is”?

please consider that English is not my first language :D thanks the sentence: [...], however, as he is not only holding onto the rope but is tied to it just like his counterpart, the native, [...] ...
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Why hyphenate past-tense phrasal verb when turning it into an adjective?

Joey logged in. The logged-in person is Joey. What grammar rule applies to the hyphenated word logged-in?
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“She wrote four letters. To her mother…”

source A Game of Thrones In the end, she wrote four letters. To her mother, the Lady Catelyn Stark, and to her brothers at Winterfell, and to her aunt and her grandfather as well, Lady Lysa Arryn ...
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How should I punctuate the first part of my list?

This is part of a resume. Work Experience: Freelance Translator Translated two files of a hotel (525 words) and edited the translation of a third one (392 words) for a translation ...
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Which should be preferred in this case- simple present or present continuous?

When Anjali's love is spurned by Major Jaidev, she is dejected. She teams up with Abrush, a terrorist, to wreak havoc on Jaidev unaware that she has put the country's safety in jeopardy. This is the ...
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What would it mean if told to have tendencies to misinterpret punctuation for subordination

Part of School report What would it mean if told to have tendencies to misinterpret punctuation for subordination
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Hyphens after Abbreviations and Foreign Letters

Are hyphens used correctly in the examples below? In other words, is there a rule in English that either requires or allows these hyphenations. In my area of research, there is what is called the ...
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Enumeration of ordinal numbers

I would like to convey the following: Please, read the first, the sixth and the tenth page. What is a correct written version? Please, read the 1st, 6th and 10th page. Please, read the ...