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A mark, such as a full stop, comma, or question mark, used in writing to separate sentences and their elements and to clarify meaning.
- ‘He speaks with fluent deliberation; thoughts emerge as fully formed sentences, punctuation marks indelibly in place.’
- ‘The test words were not included in the first and the last sentence of the text, they were never at the beginning or the end of a sentence, and they were never adjacent to a punctuation mark.’
- ‘Normally, a comma or other punctuation mark separates the ending or resumption of direct speech from its interruption.’
- ‘Many thanks for this, and for your liberal use of my favourite punctuation mark!’
- ‘That is, unless they changed their style, dropped all those references to dead white males and the occasional punctuation mark.’
- ‘Eight bits make up a byte; a byte typically represents a letter, punctuation mark or digit on your screen.’
- ‘Then Dawn prompted the children to use their bodies to form punctuation marks in various sentences.’
- ‘Like Henry Fielding, Trainer seems to have a distinct aversion to the dash, which is a commonly used punctuation mark in the novels of Clara Reeve, and particularly in The Champion of Virtue.’
- ‘So far, function words were assumed to form the structure within the punctuation marks of a sentence.’
- ‘On closer examination, the ‘novel’ by Hu Wenliang consists of 14 Chinese punctuation marks.’
- ‘Not one word or even punctuation mark was written in the United States.’
- ‘She provides a bit of history for each punctuation mark, as well as noting a few that have fallen out of use.’
- ‘I was pretty disappointed when I found out commas were just little punctuation marks.’
- ‘In 1920, when David Lloyd George, the wartime prime minister, stood up to make his rectorial address, his opponents, who had got hold of a copy of his speech in advance, yelled out the punctuation marks at the end of each sentence.’
- ‘But as the English and Americans can't even agree on what to call the punctuation marks.’
- ‘That one misplaced punctuation mark represented laziness, disregard and plain stupidity.’
- ‘We can see from this that the early use of zero to denote an empty place is not really the use of zero as a number at all, merely the use of some type of punctuation mark so that the numbers had the correct interpretation.’
- ‘Excuse me whilst I go overboard with a series of punctuation marks.!’
- ‘Paul Robinson's personal philosophy of punctuation is, ideally, to avoid all punctuation marks except commas and fullstops.’
- ‘I never have been able to find the full range of punctuation marks on the silly little keyboard they give you on a cellphone, so I make do with the few that I know.’
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