Basic punctuation and definitions
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This is the system of standardized marks in written language to clarify meaning.
This is used to set off parenthetical material that merits emphasis, to set off appositives that contain names, and to prepare for a list, a restatement, an amplification, or a dramatic shift in tone. It is used when a comma is not sufficient.
These may be used to enclose supplemental material, minor digressions and afterthoughts.
This is used to show the possessive form of a noun and is used to show that a letter or letters have been left out of a contraction.
This is a punctuation mark used before a list of items or details, before a statement that summarizes the original statement, before a long, formal quotation or statement, or in a business letter after the salutation.
This is a punctuation mark that is used between clauses of a compound sentence when a conjunction is not used, before conjunctive adverbs that join independent clauses, and in a series when the series already contains commas.
This separates two or three lines of poetry and separates paired terms.
These are used to enclose direct quotations and to designate titles of short works (like newspaper and magazine articles, poems, short stories, songs, episodes of television and radio programs, and subdivisions of books or web sites).
This is used after a word or words that have special emphasis or feeling.
These are used around any word or phrase that has been added to a direct quote.
Three spaced periods, it is used to indicate that a word or words have been deleted from a direct quote.
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