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Commas with Interrupting Expressions

In addition to the items covered in Commas with Introductory Words, conjunctive adverbs are also set off by commas. Conjunctive Adverbs are adverbs which join sentence parts. The following words are the most common conjunctive adverbs: also besides furthermore however indeed instead moreover nevertheless otherwise therefore thus Correct: John headed this way; however, he did

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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, 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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The Virgule

The virgule, often called the “slant bar” by computer users, has four specific uses in punctuation. A virgule separates parts of an extended date. Example: The 1994/95 basketball season. Washington was born in February 1731/32. A virgule represents the word per in measurements: Example: 186,000 mi./sec. (miles per second) A virgule stands for the word

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