The little things that can help in a big way

To quote the Associated Press Stylebook, “The basic guideline is to use common sense: Punctuation is to make clear the thought being expressed… If punctuation does not help make clear what is being said, it should not be there.”

We outline specific punctuation guidelines for commas, dashes, exclamation points, and more. If something’s not covered here, check the Associated Press Stylebook.

Other countries and languages have their own guidelines for punctuation. In translated and localized versions of our products, work with regional content designers to make sure the punctuation is correct and helpful.