Emphasizing and punctuation

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Robin Hruška's picture
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Emphasizing and punctuation
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What is the correct way of emphasizing (with italics) a word followed by a punctuation mark like ,!?)" ? Do you emphasize it including the mark or only the word itself?

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I generally italicize/embolden punctuation as well. This is something you should discuss with the editor of the text because it can get weird with lots of quotations or complex citation system.

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Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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It depends on context and meaning. For example, there is difference between:
Should I emphasise everything? – and – Should I emphasise everything?

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Joined: 23 Feb 2010 - 12:49pm
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I meant rather something like the second example. In this case should I emphasise also the comma?

I emphasised everything, but I wasn't sure.
I emphasised everything, but I wasn't sure.

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Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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I've learned to italicize the punctuation mark - not because it is a crucial part of the emphasis but because it shouldn't draw attention to itself (like your second comma example does). I'll obviously reconsider if italicizing draws more attention to it.

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Joined: 21 Apr 2005 - 8:16am
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I meant rather something like the second example. In this case should I emphasise also the comma?

Strictly speaking, no: the comma is not part of the expression getting emphasis, but rather a structural element of the entire sentence. However, in some instances an italic comma will fit better than a Roman one so, aesthetically, using the italic comma might look better. If the project is not academic in nature, I would go with what looks best, rules be damned...