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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is correct and natural?

1) The punctuation OF the sentence is correct.

2) The punctuation IN the sentence is correct.

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is correct and natural?

1) The punctuation OF the sentence is correct.

2) The punctuation IN the sentence is correct.

*** Both are correct.  I prefer #1, because you are writing OF the sentence as a whole entity.  The second sentence is acceptable, but its focus seems to be on what is INSIDE the sentence, rather than the entire sentence.

Frankly, they are so closely related that most people would not notice any difference.  In this respect, you can say that both sentences are "natural."

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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