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If the sentence is finishing with emoji/emoticon in the website content or in a personal message, should it be followed by a punctuation mark?

Example #1

I’m glad you could make it 🙂 We had a great time.    – This one looks fine and clean
I’m glad you could make it 🙂. We had a great time.   – However this one looks weird to me
I’m glad you could make it. 🙂 We had a great time.   – Emoji belongs to the next sentence
I’m glad you could make it :). We had a great time.      – This one is super-weird

Example #2

Is that really so 🤔? I doubt it.   – This is OK, as the question mark means that it is a question
Is that really so 🤔 I doubt it.     – This doesn't look like a question anymore
Is that really so? 🤔 I doubt it.   – Again, emoji belongs to the next sentence
Is that really so =/? I doubt it.     – And this emoticon is something else

So emoji/emoticon understanding varies depending on it's position. Is there a common way of using them or are there the best practices?

closed as off-topic by Michael Lai Nov 3 at 23:38

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  • Do you think this question might be more suited to a forum like the English Language Stack Exchange site? – Michael Lai Oct 31 at 22:35
  • Yes, it might be. Can we move it there? – Pavlo Grubyi Nov 1 at 8:49
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I have a few questions:

  1. what is the purpose of the emoji?
  2. Is having that emoji adding what you are looking for?

The best practices I have seen are usually are at the end.

For example:

I’m glad you could make it, We had a great time.🙂 Is that really so? 🤔 I doubt it.

It's my two cents.

  • Emoji gives an emotional hint, expresses the mood, makes text less formal etc. – Pavlo Grubyi Oct 31 at 21:21
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Imagine that the emoji is replaced by words.

  1. Would those words form a complete sentence?

If so, you can put the emoji after the closing punctuation mark of another sentence.

For example, “I am happy” is a complete sentence. That means you can put it between two sentences. 🙂 The capital letter at the beginning of the next sentence indicates that this is a new sentence rather than a sentence starting with an emoji.

  1. Or, would those words only form part of a sentence?

If so, you should put the emoji within the sentence, not after the closing punctuation mark.

“It is 🕔 for 🎂” is a complete sentence — “It is time for birthday cake.” Each emoji is only part of the sentence.

And when a sentence ends with an emoji, you can sometimes omit the closing period. However, if there’s a closing exclamation mark or question mark, it should be included: “It is 🕔 for 🎂!”

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