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    Default Proper usage of punctuation

    With reference to this sentence.

    "This is the sentence that struck me most emotionally."

    Can I say...

    1) "This is the sentence that struck me most, emotionally."
    2) "This is the sentence that struck me most. Emotionally."
    3) "This is the sentence that struck me most -emotionally-."
    or
    4) "This is the sentence that struck me most; emotionally."

    I have had been especially confused with the proper usage of dashes because I tend to use it at the end of a sentence to emphasize something.

    I understand that I can rephrase the sentence to essentially mean the same thing and avoid the punctuation at the end, but I'll like to see how this can be played around with.

    Thanks in advance! (Is this sentence considered cliche?)

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    Default Re: Proper usage of punctuation

    (Not a teacher)

    I think none of those sentences are correct and, as you said, it is fine without any punctuation.

    Perhaps the comma could be used if there was something more to make it seperate, for example, "This is the sentence that struck me most, emotionally that is." or something similar.

    This could also be seperate by a semi-colon, or a dash.

    Dashes, generally, are used to replace other punctuation marks including commas, semi-colons, colons, and brackets. I would say it can replace these in all instances except commas. Personally, I don't use the dash a lot, as there is usually a more appropriate punctuation mark.

    Also, you never end a sentence with two punctuation marks unless it is apostrophe or quotation marks (inverted commas). So, if using the dash in your example was correct (which it isn't), it should be, "This is the sentence that struck me most - emotionally."

    As for the 'thanks in advance', thank-you is never a cliché. People might not always mean it, but this is insincerity on the person's intentions, rather than on the phrase itself.

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    Default Re: Proper usage of punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Krabby Krabs View Post
    With reference to this sentence.

    "This is the sentence that struck me most emotionally."

    Can I say...

    1) "This is the sentence that struck me most, emotionally."
    2) "This is the sentence that struck me most. Emotionally."
    3) "This is the sentence that struck me most -emotionally-."
    or
    4) "This is the sentence that struck me most; emotionally."

    I have had been especially confused with the proper usage of dashes because I tend to use it at the end of a sentence to emphasize something.

    I understand that I can rephrase the sentence to essentially mean the same thing and avoid the punctuation at the end, but I'll like to see how this can be played around with.

    Thanks in advance! (Is this sentence considered cliche?)
    I only want to add that dashes are mostly used in books to show the thoughts of someone.

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    Default Re: Proper usage of punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Krabby Krabs View Post
    With reference to this sentence.

    "This is the sentence that struck me most emotionally."

    Can I say...

    1) "This is the sentence that struck me most, emotionally."
    2) "This is the sentence that struck me most. Emotionally."
    3) "This is the sentence that struck me most -emotionally-."
    or
    4) "This is the sentence that struck me most; emotionally."

    I have had been especially confused with the proper usage of dashes because I tend to use it at the end of a sentence to emphasize something.

    I understand that I can rephrase the sentence to essentially mean the same thing and avoid the punctuation at the end, but I'll like to see how this can be played around with.

    Thanks in advance! (Is this sentence considered cliche?)
    ***NOT A TEACHER*** (1) Sometimes punctuation is a matter of personal style -- neither "right" nor "wrong." (2) I am trying to understand what idea you wish to express. Perhaps you read several sentences, and one of them left you especially impressed. Well, then, you could have written: Emotionally ( = from an emotional point of view), this sentence struck me the most. (3)"This ...(the) most, emotionally." = That's your first sentence. It's fine. You simply put your comment at the end, instead of the beginning as I did. (4) Your second sentence (actually sentenceS) is also fine. Some people will do that for dramatic effect. (5) I agree with the other contributors that your Nos. 3 & 4 are "wrong." (P.S. You could, of course, write: This sentence struck me the most -- emotionally." You would just be using a hyphen instead of a comma to signal your pause.)

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