Punctuation

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What is a Backslash Symbol?

The backslash is not used in writing, but it is worth identifying where it belongs and how it should be used. Not to be confused with the forward-slash symbol, the backslash will never be seen in either formal or informal writing, but you will see it in computer programming and mathematical equations.  Take a look at how the backslash symbol is used so you can avoid accidentally using it in place of a forward slash when writing.  What is a …

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Curly Braces Punctuation – Is It Brackets or Braces?

Your keyboard has many punctuation marks on it, namely no less than four types of punctuation sets designed to separate words from the rest of a text. They all have multiple names as well, making them confusing to define. These marks, called braces and brackets, include parentheses, chevrons or angle brackets, and braces. And, if you don’t know the difference between a brace and bracket, you might become frustrated when each is acceptable to use.  Let’s look at what a …

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Angle Bracket Symbol

Most people are unaware that there are four different types of brackets in English grammar since they may only use parentheses (otherwise known as round brackets) or square brackets. The other two, curly and angle brackets, are rarely seen but have their uses.  The angle bracket, in particular, is rarely used in modern writing despite its fascinating history that spans thousands of years. Let’s take a closer look at the angle bracket and how it can be used.  What are …

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When to Use Square Brackets […] – With Examples

Of the four types of brackets found in English punctuation marks, the square bracket is amongst the most popular. Alongside the parentheses, the square bracket works to separate words within text for added detail and information.  The difference between parenthesis and bracket use is important, as each separates different types of information. With plenty of examples, read on to see how to use a square bracket properly.  What Are Square Brackets Used For? Square brackets […], also called brackets, are …

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Oxford comma

The Oxford comma is a type of punctuation that is hotly debated among certain English-speaking writers, reporters, teachers and academics. Using or not using the Oxford comma may cause confusion, depending on the circumstance. We will examine the definition of the Oxford comma, how it got its name, who was the first to encourage its use, and some examples of its use in sentences. An Oxford comma is used before the coordinating conjunction in a sentence that includes a list …

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Brackets vs. Parentheses

Both parentheses and brackets separate a piece of text from the sentence to insert comments or non-essential information. But how do these two punctuation marks differ? This guide will show you the differences between parentheses and brackets. We’ll also look into their functions and how to use them in sentences. Are Parentheses and Brackets the Same Thing? Parentheses (()) and brackets ([]) are both punctuation marks but not the same thing. Both symbols fall under the category of brackets but …

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What is an Ellipsis and How to Use It (With Examples)

The English language can be complex not only because of word choice and sentence structure but also because of its many punctuation marks. The ellipsis is a punctuation mark that can signify more than one thing or belong in more than one place, sounding confusing.  But using ellipses is easy! There are a few simple rules to keep in mind when using them. Look at our explanations below that offer plenty of examples to help you determine where to place …

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Comma Rules and Usage With Examples

The comma is used more than any other punctuation in writing. Because of this, there are many misinterpretations of where a comma belongs, rule misuses, and myths provided by poor teaching practices.  No, you do not use a comma anytime you take a breath when reading a sentence, but a comma does designate a pause. Take a look at how you should use commas to help separate essential elements and make your writing clear and concise.  What is the Use …

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How and When to Use a Colon (With Examples)

English has several kinds of punctuation, one of which is the colon (:). Contrary to popular belief, this punctuation mark’s function is easy to remember: it introduces additional information after a complete thought. Nope, this colon post isn’t about your internal organs! Keep reading to learn the different functions of the colon as a punctuation mark and how to use it in a sentence. What is a Colon? A colon is a punctuation mark whose symbol resembles two periods on …

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