65 Answered Questions for the topic punctuation


Should the word after "e.g." be capital?

If you are using a word that normally wouldn't start with a capital letter, should it be lower case after an *e.g.*? Also should *e.g.* have a capital *E* at the start of a sentence?Example... more


How are embedded quotations used?

How would embedded quotations be used when quoting from passages/sources within an essay? What would be the difference between normal quotations and embedded quotations?


Are modern authors still using colons and semicolons in dialogue?

Not sure if it's just my idea but I rarely see colons and semicolons in dialogue (especially in modern novels). Is it because they don't simulate normal speech? Because their use is more a... more


What are the punctuation rules for two pieces of direct speech in a single sentence?

Please help me with the punctuation rules for sentences with two pieces of direct speech within quotes, with the following as example. > “It’s fun to get out on a Sunday and race,” said... more


Punctuation within quotes?

When I was at school I was told that a quote should end with a comma. For example: > "The car is on the road," said Tom. "No it isn't," replied Dick. "He's right — it's over there!" said... more


“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?

>She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass.My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't... more


Punctuating a quote of multiple answers?

Consider the following: 'The lecturer asked the students a question. A chorus of "yes"es was heard.' I know that the second sentence is incorrectly punctuated, but am not sure how to sort it out.... more


Punctuation of direct speech, edge cases?

I recently learned that I have developed a consistent, but entirely wrong approach to punctuating direct speech in fiction. I am in the unenviable position of trying to relearn. Previously I wrote... more


Punctuating short quoted speeches?

I'm a copywriter editing some text for a client who is a life coach. She has written this sentence which I'm stumped by having to punctuate in Australian English. It explains the excuses people... more


Punctuation: We promise [that] it's a big deal?

I'm editing a marketing campaign. Out loud, one might say, "We promise it's a big deal." I believe there's an unspoken "that" in there: "We promise [that] it's a big deal." Would you punctuate the... more


Punctuation for the phrase "including but not limited to"?

When using the phrase "including but not limited to", how should it be punctuated? When used in the following (no punctuation): > There are many activities including but not limited to running... more


Comma after To at the beginning of a sentence?

I am just writing my master thesis and I am unsure whether to place a comma in sentences starting with "To". Here are some examples: - To be able to improve the performance[,] it is important to... more


Punctuation for the phrase "including but not limited to"?

When using the phrase "including but not limited to", how should it be punctuated?When used in the following (no punctuation):> There are many activities including but not limited to running... more


Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?

If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: > Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit.... more


Punctuating a sentence containing em dashes within commas?

I always find myself writing sentences that contain clauses within clauses, and I can never decide what the right way to punctuate this is. I'm not specifying what kinds of clauses because they... more


Is the phrase, "Use commas sparingly" a valid piece of advice?

I am currently in the process of collaboratively editing a research paper, and participated in a meeting about it today. During the discussion, the head of the group made a blanket statement about... more


Is it OK to add a question mark to show inflection?

When asking a question you generally have to raise your voice at the end of the sentence, is it okay to stuff a question mark in order to show inflection? A couple examples: - 'That really... more


Is the em dash used in formal writing?

Is it valid to use em dashes in formal writing? My teacher said it's informal to use em dashes under any circumstances, so I just wanted to make sure. I've gone through several related questions in... more


Is it correct to use a tilde (~) in a paper as punctuation meaning ''sort of identical to"?

In a paper I am writing (APA style), I have a sentence like this: > Another category of common sounds found across many languages are the palato-alveolar consonants (~siblants). These... more


How much seconds for punctuation when we read a loud text?

I have one question that when we read text for **comma, semi-colon** we use approximately **1 second of pause** and for **period and colon** there is **2 second of pause** but I also want to know... more


Dashes vs. Commas vs. parentheses?

Occasionally I write sentences containing subparts with extra information. I never know how to block off this information from the rest of the sentence. Three ways I have seen are dashes, commas,... more


Usage of commas in Japanese sentences?

This might sound like a strange question, but how does the usage of commas differ when used in Japanese compared to English? I believe `りんご、オレンジとバナナ` wouldn't work, but that it's OK to list like... more


What punctuation to use when a character is writing something down?

I'm trying my hand at editing a friends work, and I've got a little stumped.They wrote the following:> 'Thinks he's the smartest one in the room,' Henry wrote on a piece of paper.(For context,... more


In the sentence "You, too.", is the comma acceptable?

I tend to think it is, as "too" serves the role of a referential phrase, repeating the verb-phrase of a preceding sentence, and "you" acts simply as a subject pronoun. But, I've heard an argument... more


How should a question ending in a statement be punctuated, as ending it in a question mark seems a little off?

In the example in the headline to this question, the statement qualifying the question makes the punctuation seem ill-fitting...Here's another example: "Will you be able to make a decision on this,... more
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