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 ...
Bob: Who are you?
Joe: I'm Joe.
Bob: Who are you?
Joe: I am Joe.
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?
Where did you get your license: the back of a cereal box?
Is that correct? It seems wrong to make it two ...
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?
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
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.”
Which punctuation mark to use in a sentence that contains a description (needs colon) and a question (needs question mark)?
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?
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, ...
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 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 ...
When I asked an earlier question I wasn't sure whether to put a question mark at the end of the following sentence, which is, obviously, a question, even if it is not written in interrogative form:
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 ...
"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 ...
"Little tyke wants his money's worth, just like his father. 'Atta boy,
Dudley!" He ruffled Dudley's hair. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Why is the apostrophe put before Atta boy?
What punctuation should I use in a question that offers alternatives?
What do you like, cheese or bacon?
What do you like? Cheese or bacon?
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 ...
Are the following sentences examples of comma-splice?
I am well, thank you.
I have been sick, but I feel better now, thank you.
If just one is a comma-splice example, why is one acceptable, and ...
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 (...
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 ...