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Let us consider the sentence We will study certain lattice, or discrete, particle systems. Let me explain what I am trying to say here. For my potential reader the expressions "lattice particle ...

Does this sentence need a comma? Further to your recent phone call I can confirm that we have waived the charge applied to your account after your payment.

From a lang-8 post: Have no doubt, the weather will be warmer in April. Is comma necessary after "have no doubt"? I feel like it's needed there, but I'm not sure. And what do we call this part ...

How to quote a quote

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If I am citing a phrase that looks like this: She said "That's fun!" and I only want the "That's fun!" part, should I write it like this: "'That's fun!'" this: 'That's fun!' or this: "...

Regarding the comma after the earth: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume ...

Example: "Your head of department called," she said. That was what I liked about my mom: S/she never bothered with greetings. Straight to the point. "You've been absent for two weeks. What's ...

I was wondering if it's OK to put a question mark after an embedded question? Example sentences are below: I was wondering if he is from California? I'm not sure if that's the right solution?...

I had a sentence formed like this: "I am an essential part of this society--not only as a citizen but also as a son, a husband, and a parent--which makes me equally responsible." But, I have to ...

I've always had trouble with commas and semicolons. My understanding is that upon division of a sentence there is an essential part called a clause, and additional parts are then separated with commas,...

I saw in a research article that reference numbers were located after the punctuation. E.g. in the screenshot below, there are a few reference numbers that I underlined in red: they are located after ,...

2.83. ... We have seen that the general rule is that displaying goods in shops only constitutes an invitation to treat, although there are good reasons for taking a different approach (paras 2.22–2....

The bourgeois in Germany, like Saxony Frederick, initially had quarrels with church. My question: "Like Saxony Frederick" is extra information in the sentence, I always thought you could put commas ...

When does a comma follow an exclamatory 'oh' or 'ah'? Example 1 (no comma after oh) “Everybody can't come here, you know, how ridiculous can you get? There's just barely enough room on this ...

I have heard the following usage of 'so' quite frequently in Indian schools: He was sick so he did not come. Isn't this incorrect? I prefer this usage: He was sick, and so he did not come. My ...

What I've noticed about the long dash in English is that many writers don't use spaces in front of the dash and after it. So, for example: I mean, it's embarrassing for them. It’s painful for us to ...

Both Bob: Who are you? Joe: I'm Joe. Or Bob: Who are you? Joe: I am Joe. Is fine. Bob: Are you Joe? Joe: Maybe I am. Seems fine, but Bob: Are you Joe? Joe: Maybe I'm....

I hope syntax questions are appropriate here. I've been writing in English for many years, but there are certain recurring issues that come up in my writing, which I can't seem to resolve ...

I am trying to make a sentence like this: As of now, this library has 20 books, most written in English, most books are written by James. It should state that most books are written in English, ...

I have seen people put a comma right after an em dash. Is this practice correct? I guess it is not, since the em dash takes the place of the comma.

How do you correctly format a sarcastic question that includes a suggested answer? Like... Where did you get your license: the back of a cereal box? Is that correct? It seems wrong to make it two ...

Comma and semicolon

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I read this long sentence in today's newspaper: Police believe the pirates who attacked the Singapore-owned oil tanker in the Straits of Malacca near Pulau Ketam early Tuesday, may have had "inside ...

The three sentences are: Wouldn't it be good if we invited them over? Wouldn't it be nice to have those kitchen utensils? Wouldn't it be nice if we could have those kitchen utensils? P.S. Another ...

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 ...

Edit On second thoughts, and after reading the answers, I realised that I had misinterpreted the statement from the book. As such, in hindsight, this wasn't a good example for the question. Regardless,...

Could you please tell me which one is correct, master's degree or master degree? I am writing in this context ....of the college in which I will have completed Master degree Also Do you write ...

I am reading a book in which I see this fragment: . . . but he has —er— ideas what ideas . . . What is the meaning of —er— in this sentence? And what is the — that appears before and after some ...

Is a comma required in the two places in the following example? He asked me(,) “Blah blah?“ My reply was(,) "Blah blah.” Thanks!

Which punctuation mark to use in a sentence that contains a description (needs colon) and a question (needs question mark)? Example: How would you act in a situation like this one: you are trapped ...

I want to write the expression I saw various science-fiction, thrillers and war movies last week. in this way The movies I saw last week, they were science-fiction, thrillers and war movies. ...

Consider these expressions, The article is about Mr X, who invented Y in 1960. In this expression do I need a comma after Mr X? I took a look at this document, It discusses Restrictive vs. ...

I am working on my 'Statement of Purpose' for my grad school application. It seems that correct punctuation is very critical. So I have a question about the comma punctuation in the following ...

"Tricky customer, eh? Not to worry, we'll find the perfect match here somewhere –– I wonder, now –– yes, why not –– unusual combination –– holly and phoenix feather, eleven inches, nice and supple." ...

I am not sure which is the correct form to use when writing a list of products. I need the semi-colon but do I need the full stop? pcs.; pcs; Any help is much appreciated, thanks.

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger, and a snake surrounding a large letter H. (Harry Potter and the ...

  It was the best evening of Harry’s life, better than winning at Quidditch, or Christmas, or knocking out mountain trolls… he would never, ever forget tonight. Harry had almost ...

I found this quote online: The hackish senses of "engine" are actually close to its original, pre-Industrial-Revolution sense of a skill, clever device, or instrument (the word is cognate to "...

I have read a sentence which made me confused: But Mary suddenly laughed, "How could that be?" she said. "It's only 2008 this year." I wonder whether I can replace the first comma with a period ...

There are many books, including two story-books, three picture books, four English books and one Chinese book. What's the difference between two story books and two story-books? When should the ...

Can we use the comma before "the other"? I think it should be replaced by a semicolon or a period. Newton has two cats. One is big, the other is quite small.

A movement in the trees behind Ronan made Hagrid raise his bow again, but it was only a second centaur, black-haired and -bodied and wilder-looking than Ronan. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)...

In Italian I could write Ho visto "l'albergo" dove lavori. (I saw the "hotel" where you work.) In that sentence, I am not quoting what somebody said, but I am using albergo in an euphemistic way, ...

An example: The question caught me off-guard. She was right: why I was so confident about my statement? I couldn't disprove the existence of this mystical stone. In fact, I couldn't disprove ...

How should I properly write quotation marks and apostrophe in cases like the following ones? There are five "McDonald's"s in our city. All "7-11"'s in our town were opened within the last ten ...

In American English, a period is not added at the end of a sentence if it ends with a quote whose last letter is a quotation mark or an exclamation point. Edema asked, "Am I an alliteration addict?"...

From what I understand, one of the functions of the colon, among other things (introducing lists, direct speech/quotation etc), is to act as a link between two sentences. (A formal version of the ...

Is it acceptable to use a dash instead of "that" in the following sentence? Kids always say to their classmates that dishes cooked by their own mothers are the best in the world. Kids always ...

In Capitalization of first letter after a dash , it was claimed (with some citations supplied) Where are the rules that even say a dash is permissible in a sentence like "I'm in South Ossetia - ...

There is a quote from local translation bureau website: A translation shall be excellent in every respect: style, and formatting, and words, and meaning. Is this usage of commas correct? I've ...

I was asking a question and while formulating the content, I made the following sentence/phrase: What I am facing trouble with, is; referencing.... Is my usage of comma(,) and semi-colon(;) ...

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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