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punctuation

Punctuation marks are symbols or characters used in written language to provide structure, clarity, and meaning to text. They serve various purposes, including indicating pauses, separating ideas, and conveying emphasis.

Some of the most common forms of punctuation include the full stop or period, which looks like a dot or a point ( . ), commas, ( , ), colons ( : ), semicolons ( ; ), dashes or hyphens ( ), exclamation points ( ! ) , and so on.

What’s a Comma Splice?

A comma splice is when a comma separates two independent clauses without a coordinating conjunction (or semicolon).

Do Periods Go In or Out of Quotation Marks?

In American Style, punctuation typically goes inside quotation marks. For British English, punctuation usually goes outside of quotation marks. Exceptions exist in either case.

When to Use A Comma Before “And”?

Use commas before “and” when joining two independent clauses to form a compound sentence. Sometimes, a comma is used after ‘and’ in a series or list.

When to Use I.e. (I.e. or E.g.)

I.e. is Latin for id est, meaning ‘in essence’. In English, this is understood as ‘that is to say’, or ‘in other words’.

What Are Acronyms?

Acronyms are a type of abbreviation where each word in a series or phrase forms a single word that’s pronounced differently, like YOLO (You Only Live Once).