Punctuation

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Commas with Paired Adjectives

Coordinate Adjectives If two adjectives modify a noun in the same way, place a comma between the two adjectives. These are called coordinate adjectives. There is a two-part test for coordinate adjectives: (1) Can you replace the comma with the word and? (2) Can you reverse the order of the adjectives and keep the same

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Apostrophes

The apostrophe is generally used with the letter s to indicate possession. It is also used in various ways to show letters have been left out of a word. Apostrophes Showing Possession Plural Possessives Possessives with More than One Owner Apostrophes with Underlined or Italicized Items Apostrophes with Verb Contractions Apostrophes with Other Contractions

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Hyphens

A hyphen is a short horizontal line used within words. (The longer dash is used between words.) Hyphens are used in a variety of situations. Numbers Written Out with Hyphens Hyphenated Prefixes and Suffixes Hyphenated Compound Words Hyphens for Clarity Dividing at the End of a Line

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The Ellipsis

The ellipsis is three periods in a row. It signifies that words or figures are missing. Most frequently an ellipsis is used with quotations. It may come at the middle or end of a quotation. It may be used at the beginning of a quotation if the quotation begins mid-sentence and there is an appropriate

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Brackets

Brackets, or crotchets, are always used in pairs to mark off material inserted into a quotation which is not part of the original quotation. The use of brackets should be limited, but may include short references, short definitions, a short piece of information which clarifies the quotation, or an editorial comment. The Latin word sic,

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