Interesting Construction with Dashes and Questions

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Dash, The Question Mark 4 Comments

This is a sentence I was asked about on Facebook. And I have it correctly punctuated here. Have there been any major stressful events in the last year that you can think of — divorce? someone, a family member, dying? a major change in your work? — that has caused additional stress? There are dashes around the suggested answers for …

Beware of the Dependent Clause That Tries to Deceive You!

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This is an issue that is VERY misunderstood. I am copying here the section from my book, beginning on page 401 in the chapter on “Where NOT to Put Punctuation.” Normally, I do not copy an entire section, but this one bears reading in its entirety. 27.9: No Punctuation: In Compound Dependent Construction Definition Compound Construction: Compound construction is two …

The Word “Please”

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The word please takes punctuation according to where it is in relation to what it modifies. At the beginning of what it modifies, it takes no punctuation after it. …Please put that notice into the bulletin. …Please state your name for the record. At the end of what it modifies, it takes a comma before it. …Put that notice into …

A “Redefining” with “That Is”

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Question Mark, The Semicolon, Uncategorized 3 Comments

Here is a punctuation question from FB that inspired today’s blog: “On examination her lower extremities had normal capillary refill — that is, normal circulation — and no trophic changes, in other words, none of the signs of RSD.” Often people want to redefine or further explain what they have just said. We will deal here with this situation when …

ZIP Codes

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The ZIP code does not take any punctuation in front of it. It goes with the element it follows. …Los Angeles, California 90045, is the… …live in Culver City 90230 with… The comma after the ZIP code is because the word “California” has to be surrounded. So you just tuck the ZIP in there with it. Happy punctuating. Margie

After “Yes” and “No”

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma 2 Comments

Let’s keep it simple: If the words after “yes” and “no” echo/repeat the words of the question, use a comma. …Did you clock in that morning as usual? …Yes, I did. …No, I did not. …Were you with your brother? …Yes, I was with my brother. …No, I wasn’t. Use a period for everything else. …Did you clock in that …