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Colon

Introduces words, phrases, or clauses that explain, amplify, or summarize what has gone before: Suddenly I realized where we were: Rome.  “There are two cardinal sins from which all …

Comma

Separates the clauses of a compound sentence connected by a coordinating conjunction: A difference exists between the musical works of Handel and Haydn, and it is a difference worth …

Dash

Indicates a sudden break or abrupt change in continuity: “If—if you'll just let me ex-plain—” the student stammered. And the problem—if there really is one—can then be solved.Sets ap…

Ellipses

Indicate, by three spaced points, omission of words or sentences within quoted matter: Equipped by education to rule in the nineteenth century, … he lived and reigned in Russia in th…

Exclamation Point

Terminates an emphatic or exclamatory sentence: Go home at once! You've got to be kidding!Terminates an emphatic interjection: Encore! See also: Period, Question Mark, Exclamation M…

Hyphen

Indicates that part of a word of more than one syllable has been carried over from one line to the next: During the revolution, the nation was be-set with problems—looting, fighting,…

Parentheses

Enclose material that is not essential to a sentence and that if not included would not alter its meaning: After a few minutes (some say less) the blaze was extinguished.Often enclos…

Period

Terminates a complete declarative or mild imperative sentence: There could be no turning back as war's dark shadow settled irrevocably across the continent of Europe.—W. Bruce Lincol…

Question Mark

Punctuates a direct question: Have you seen the new play yet? Who goes there? But: I wonder who said “Nothing is easy in war.” I asked if they planned to leave.Indicates uncertainty:…

Quotation Marks

Double quotation marks enclose direct quotations: “What was Paris like in the Twenties?” our daughter asked. “Ladies and Gentlemen,” the Chief Usher said, “the President of the Unite…