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Do You Put A Period After An Abbreviation?

Are you supposed to put a period after an abbreviation? Yes, but you should never double the punctuation when ending a sentence. Read on as I show you the rules for putting a period after an abbreviation. And also discover what MLA and other style manuals recommend about this scenario. …

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Comma Before Too – Guide & Examples

Proper punctuation is important for the overall understanding of your writing. Most students learning the nuances of good grammar know that commas are important punctuation marks but struggle with their placement. For example, when the word too is used to mean “also,” “in addition,” or “as well as,” you may …

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Question Mark and Quotation Marks – Usage & Examples

A common question in my class concerns where end marks belong when used with a quotation: to the inside or outside of the end quotation mark? The correct answer is both, depending on how the quotation marks are used. It all depends on whether you are quoting a question or …

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Question Mark After “I Was Wondering” – Guide & Examples

The phrase “I was wondering” serves as a polite way to introduce a sentence or as part of an imperative sentence when requesting something. Although a question mark never directly follows its use, it is a common end mark to use when it is included in a sentence. Let’s look …

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Do You Put A Comma Before Since?

The English language contains many words used as more than one part of speech. This makes them versatile but also confusing for anyone still learning the language. Since is one of these words and can be used in multiple ways to talk about the passage of time or replace the …

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Colons With Lists – How To Use Them Correctly

The English language uses many rules to create clarity in your writing. A proper sentence format integrates more than just a capitalization and end mark; it includes punctuation marks to form complete sentences and add detail to your writing purpose. My students avoid using colons because they assume their use …

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How to Use Commas With “As Well As”

Making sure your audience understands the purpose of your writing is dependent upon your word choice. When taking students to the next level in their writing with compound sentences and conjoining phrases, the rules of punctuation need to be reviewed. Commas are the most common punctuation mark used in the …

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How to Use Commas with Names and Titles Correctly

Were you once taught that a comma is always used to introduce a person’s name or a title of a work in a sentence? You were taught incorrectly, and this is one of the most confusing grammar rules for both new and experienced English writers. Although subtle, using commas when …

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How to Use a Comma With Including

Commas separate information, and when you use words like including in your sentences, you infer a separation or continuation of ideas. Does that mean you also need to use a comma before the word including? Where you add or leave out a comma changes the meaning of sentences, and knowing …

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7 Tips on How to Punctuate a Poem

Experienced poets have the confidence they need to use grammar and punctuation in their writings in any way they see fit. But, for the new poet, finding a way to use punctuation without losing your textual artistry can be a challenge. Starting slow and utilizing the basic rule of punctuation …

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