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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 …

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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 …

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What is a Hedera Punctuation Mark and What Does it Do?

Many obscure punctuation marks have fallen out of use through the years. Some were originally decorative in nature when texts had to be hand-copied. Others came into use when typographers became creative in setting print.  With the advances in technology, many have fallen into what is called the ”punctuation graveyard.” …

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Asterisk Symbol (*) – Usage and Examples

Although the asterisk symbol has a long history in writing, mathematics, and science, it is not a commonly used punctuation mark. Mostly seen with footnotes, sidenotes, and omissions, this small star-shaped mark provides a way to link information with existing text.  Take a look at this little mark to understand …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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What Is an Oxford comma? Importance & Examples

The Oxford comma is a punctuation mark whose use is hotly debated among certain English language writers, reporters, teachers, and academics. The use, or lack thereof, of the Oxford comma may cause confusion, depending on the circumstance, which is why I am such a proponent of its use. Afterall, it …

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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. …

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