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Punctuation English Writing

04/23/19

Is there a proper name for the 3 asterisks that are used to suggest temporal discontinuity?

For example, when some long prose passage ends, this appears: \\* \\* \\*Then some new prose passage begins. The three asterisks dividing the two prose sections are understood to divide the two... more
Punctuation English Period

04/23/19

Punctuation with US measurements?

Punctuation Grammar

04/19/19

Is any punctuation required here?

Blessed are we to join today in the celebration of a new life that is on the way.
Punctuation Esl/esol Speech

03/30/19

Punctuation of "what?" in the middle of a sentence?

I'm transcribing an interview and the man says, >"There were, what, 4,000 people at the concert." I'm not sure how to properly punctuate this. He's asking "What?" in the middle of the sentence... more
Punctuation Italian Usage

03/27/19

Using a comma before 'ma'?

English uses a comma before _but_ if, and only if, it introduces an independent sentence. Is it the same in Italian?> - Essere sinceri è importante ma non troppo.> - Andrei in vacanza il... more
Punctuation Grammar Writing

03/26/19

Comma or not? Question or Period?

> Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
Punctuation Reading

03/26/19

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
Punctuation Grammar Writing

03/24/19

Using "and" twice in a list?

About using *and*, I've learned it is usually used in lists, between the last two items. For example: >I like movies, traveling *and* going out with friends. Please tell me if the use of... more
Punctuation Grammar Writing

03/24/19

A trail of colons?

I find I often, when writing, want to string colons together. Here is a recent example: >These two moments would be likely candidates for retelling: they both connect the people of San Andrés... more
Punctuation English Writing

03/22/19

When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?

I generally know how to use a hyphen, but when should I use an en-dash instead of an em-dash, or when should I use a hyphen instead of an em-dash?
Punctuation English Period

03/21/19

Caption text punctuation: Full stops always necessary at the end?

Example caption text for a photo:> **Little Diane necklace**1a) No full stop is correct, yes?Now a longer example of caption text:> **Little Diane necklace. The photograph of the young Diane... more
Punctuation English Writing Style

03/21/19

Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

From the New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/us/politics/trump-critics-treason-putin.html): > Mr. Trump’s critics reach for words like treason and traitor because they, like... more
Punctuation English Writing

03/21/19

When writing out large numbers in words, should commas be placed at thousand separators?

Would a number, say, 5,629,296be written with commas: Five million, six hundred twenty nine thousand, two hundred ninety six or without commas: Five million six hundred twenty nine thousand two... more
Punctuation English Writing

03/19/19

Standard format for phone numbers?

I've recently noticed a wider variety in how phone numbers are presented, both in print and online, specifically with regard to spacing & punctuation.Examples: +1 (555) 123 4567 +1 (555)... more
Punctuation English Writing

03/18/19

To hyphenate or not?

As a non-native speaker of English and an engineer by training, I always get confused about hyphenation and almost always end up referring to Google every time I need to make that decision.Does... more
Punctuation Writing Writing Style

03/17/19

To hyphenate or not?

As a non-native speaker of English and an engineer by training, I always get confused about hyphenation and almost always end up referring to Google every time I need to make that decision. Does... more
Punctuation Grammar Commas

03/16/19

Are commas and dashes truly interchangeable?

My English teacher told me that "dashes and commas are interchangeable". For instance, "My friend, Alex, ran to the store." and, "My friend–Alex–ran to the store." are both grammatically correct... more
Punctuation English Writing Style

03/16/19

Is it proper to omit periods after honorifics (Mr, Mrs, Dr)?

I've been reading the Economist lately and they apparently don't punctuate honorifics like "Mr.", "Mrs.", e.g.> The popular rejection of Mr Mubarak offers the Middle East’s best chance for... more
Punctuation English Grammar

03/15/19

When and how should I use multiple exclamation marks?

Punctuation Grammar Writing

03/15/19

When and how should I use multiple exclamation marks?

Now, I never do this, but in some few cases I have seen people use multiple exclamation (or question) marks like this: > Hey!!! Is that grammatically correct? (Or just okay). In case it is,... more
Punctuation English Writing

03/14/19

Why does an ellipsis have three dots?

It might be an odd question, but I'm trying to comprehend why do we use three dots in an ellipsis. Wouldn't two dots suffice? An ellipsis serves a dual purpose, it can be used to either denote an... more
Punctuation English Grammar

03/14/19

Comma or not? Question or Period?

> Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
Punctuation English Grammar

03/14/19

How to punctuate an example indicated by "say"?

I'm wondering how commas should be placed around the word "**say**" and the following clause in a sentence like this: > If you have, say, a bucket, that you would like to fill with water, then... more
Punctuation Esl/esol Speech

03/14/19

Is it necessary to add a comma before 'too'?

Copied over from the writers site. As in these two examples: They all wished to have one too. They all wished to have one, too. Perhaps what makes comma usage in these examples is that, in... more
Punctuation English Grammar

03/13/19

Using "and" twice in a list?

About using *and*, I've learned it is usually used in lists, between the last two items. For example: >I like movies, traveling *and* going out with friends. Please tell me if the use of... more

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