Punctuation

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The Pilcrow or Paragraph Symbol (Keyboard Shortcuts)

The pilcrow has a long and illustrious history as a topographical mark used to separate ideas and topics within blocks of text. Although rarely seen in modern times, it once was a common symbol drawn into the spaces scribes left to indicate a change of tone or subject in their writing.  Despite its limited use, it is an important mark that works to clarify and improve your writing. Take a look at our guide about how you can use the …

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Number Sign – Rules and Examples

The number sign can be more than just a symbol to indicate numerical uses. It also is known by multiple names and has a long history of use in computer programming and alternative communication via modern media.  Look at how you can use this common typographical mark to help showcase numbers, designate comments in computer language, and highlight media information. Our guide below explains the usage and examples of ways to use this popular mark.  What is the Number Sign? …

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When to Use Single Quotes vs. Double Quotes (With Examples)

Single and double quotation marks use varies depending on the country you are writing within, and keeping the basic rules of these punctuation marks can be confusing.  Since this site is dedicated to the grammar rules associated with the US, we are going to focus on the differences between single and double quotes about American English conventional uses. But, keep in mind that although the US defaults to double quotation marks, single quotation marks are more popularly used in British …

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Bullet Points – Rules, Usage, and Examples

Bullet points help create key points to grab a reader’s attention and work on clarifying and directing the main point. They can summarize, provide directions, highlight main points, and offer an easy-to-follow structure for the reader to follow.  Take a look at how you can use bullet points to enhance your text’s readability and structure your material. Our guide below offers rules, usage, and examples of bullet points used to help highlight the best ways to include these symbols in …

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Titles of Works – Punctuation Guide

When including titles of works in your writing, they must be appropriately punctuated. This helps emphasize their importance amongst the rest of the text. Although you may be creative in highlighting them, there are some broadly accepted rules for various titles of different works. The most important thing to remember is to keep your punctuation consistent from one type of work or material to the next. In order to do that, first you need to understand how titles are categorized. …

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Grammar vs. Punctuation – What’s the Difference?

Two essential features of language are grammar and punctuation. We use these aspects to become more effective speakers and writers who convey messages clearly.  But grammar and punctuation are different. They differ in meaning, focus, and application.  So, what’s the difference between grammar and punctuation? Is punctuation part of grammar? Find out the answers by reading this guide on grammar vs. punctuation.  What is Grammar? Grammar refers to a language’s structure or the way we combine words to form sentences …

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The Caret Symbol: How to Use It and What It Means

The caret symbol may look familiar from your middle school editing lessons, but how can it be used for typed text?  This informal symbol indicates basic editing needs, directs attention to previously written materials, and even works for mathematical equations. And, if you are unsure where it is located and how it should be used, this article helps to explain all you need to know.  What is the Caret Symbol? The caret (^) is a typographical symbol (not a punctuation …

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The Pipe Symbol (|): A Comprehensive Guide

Unless you work in computing, mathematics, or physics, chances are you have never come across the pipe symbol. However, the pipe symbol is important enough to earn a place on your keyboard, so how should it be used?  If you want to know what this symbol represents, how it can be used, or why you might want to use it in typesetting, this is the article for you. Take a look at everything the pipe symbol is below and how …

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Terminal Punctuation – How to End a Sentence

Making your point to an audience is easier when you use the proper punctuation. This is especially true of terminal marks to indicate the type of sentence you are using. Your choice of mark can indicate an exclamation, question, or even continued thought.  Take a look at which punctuation marks you can choose from and how to use both when carrying forward your choice of voice and tone in writing.  What Is a Terminal Punctuation Mark? A terminal punctuation mark …

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Does Punctuation Go Inside or Outside of Quotation Marks?

When quotes and dialog is used within blocks of text, you need to punctuate them correctly for reader clarity. Where end marks and commas belong can become confusing, which is why we created this quick guide.  Take a look at our simple-to-follow rules when using quotation marks to ensure they are punctuated in a manner that is consistent and makes sense.  What Are Quotation Marks Used For? Quotation marks are punctuation marks used to indicate the beginning and end of …

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