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Punctuation

This section reviews basic punctuation rules and guidelines for American English, notes exceptions, and suggests alternatives. The section is organized alphabetically.

Note — Traditional punctuation marks have specialized meanings in the context of programming languages. A classic example is that of quotation marks in the C shell or Bourne shell. These shells have specialized, nonintuitive meanings for single quotes, double quotes, and back quotes. Watch for these types of specialized usages in your writing and editing.



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