This has been bugging me more than it should.

I personally like to use emoticons after the punctuation, since I find it to be better visually. The problem with this though, is that it does not make sense when it happens the middle of a paragraph. :O You see? This looks weird right? The only way this works is if you indent after every emote and that is just a lot of wasted space. :/

But it you put it in within a sentence, I feel like it doesn't have the same impact O_o. That without the punctuation cutting off the end of the written sentence, you are momentarily "reading" the emote rather than viewing it as a visual representation of something. In essence, the punctuation gives the reader a mental cue to stop reading and that is lost when the emote is within the sentence. This isn't so much of an issue with emojis but it still looks weird to me to put a period after an emoji, especially when it involves a series of them.

Idk, this is what happens when I try to do everything but work. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Where does the emoticon go in a sentence?

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Before the period :D.
After the period. =)

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Since I got in the habit of using emotes at the end of my sentences a lot, I naturally just started dropped the period entirely and indenting to indicate the end of a sentence whenever I use them :/
I know it looks a little iffy but it follows the same instant messaging style so instead of 4 sentences across 4 separate messages or one bulky paragraph, it's one big message with 4 spaced out sentences.
I like using the little emotes a lot, especially since it helps sometimes where there are slight language barriers to let the other person know you mean well by ending it with a little ^-^ or something like that in case there is an accidental misinterpretation.
That's probably why my messaging style changed a lot since then 😅
For what it's worth, if I have to choose... Definitely before the period to make the sentence complete ^-^ .

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hmm i know what you mean. i don't use them often, but when i do, i try to have them at the end of a paragraph kind of away from punctuation. i think most of the time i just use emojis instead, now that they're built into windows. since emojis are little pictures on their own instead of punctuation made to look like little pictures, they don't really interfere with punctuation, and it's much cleaner. no emoji can replace ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ though, which i love that it's also built in to windows.

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To me It looks a bit cut-off from the sentence when you use it after the period. This is probably personal taste so maybe to each their own.. but the concern of using them in the middle of a paragraph is more.. "serious". I feel like a smiley (yep, learned them this way, hard to let go) is like a punchline like when you're looking the other person with whatever emotion/gaze you have after finishing a sentece, which in spoken word is pretty much a paragraph.
As a recap: Definitely at the end of a paragraph. Prefer before a period but it's subjective and in fact maybe even skip the period when you use them see ;-)

EDIT: I should point out that this is only for periods. Any other punctuation mark should come before the emoticon although sometimes they can replace punctuation.. (there, even called it by it's name 8-o ) <-- exclamation mark style..

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BUMP and Thanks! :-)

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In general I would use them instead of the period :-] In some cases it works after the period as well, but then the emote is like a separate sentence in and of itself. Also some emoticons just don't look good in the middle of a paragraph B-\ But those that end up with a smile :-) or upright ones, they usually are fine I think ಠ_ಠ

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Completely agree, Cjcomplex. I just shorten my paragraphs when I want to use emoticons. :p

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geeze, make me actually contemplate my emoji usage and what conventions i apparently follow, why don't you. but you're right, little faces in the middle of a paragraph ruins the visual flow, putting them at the end looks more organic and serves as additional punctuation.

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Well I'd say that emoticons are kind of informal, and when writing in an informal way punctuation doesn't matter too much.
For myself I just use them at the very end or on their own so ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

:D

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On one hand - 👌, on the other - ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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Too few options in your poll... ^_^

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Hahaha... I just threw that up there to see what it would/could look like.
Although your suggestion on comment polls is something that is missing on SG! 😆

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Nice, that we have serious things to talk about. :-/

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Idk, this is what happens when I try to do everything but work. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

I can totally relate to this. ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

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I normally just drop the . and put the emoji as a replacement.

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This is what I tend to do as well ;)

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"In English, we generally place symbols at the end of a sentence, which is why it’s time to formalize this rule when using emojis with other writing. If you’re going to include an emoji (or a series of emojis) in your sentence, add them after your punctuation. Of course, you can send emoji combinations as standalone phrases, although they may or may not be understood by your recipients. There are also some very inventive examples of using emojis to replace words, which are entertaining but often difficult to read."

~https://www.grammarly.com/blog/11emoji-grammar-tips-to-save-your-texts/

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I put them after an exclamation or question mark, like this see? 😋

But I ommit dots when using an emoji, like this 😀 The emoji replaces the dot. It's a habit left from childhood, fight me 🤷🏻‍♂️

Oh wait, this is about emoticons xD Looks like same logic applies for me, is that weird? :P And I don't mind them mid-paragraph.

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No, no, no! Must have punctuation!

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If anything, I'd say after, but usually I omit the punctuation when using an emoji at the end. Also procrastination FTW, I'm at least sure of that.

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Depends on the punctuation used, the weather, the colour I am currently wearing...you know, all the important influences :)

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I personally don't mind emoticons in the middle of the paragraph, so emoticons after punctuation is the way to go for me. :P

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How about a comma, 🤔? Or maybe semi-colon; 😶? That's usually what I do if I want to say something right after a sentence regarding the sentence. One last idea. 😄💡. Maybe it can be part of its own sentence.

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i type at the end of the paragraph and no period after it, like so \o/

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Always after the paragraph for me and no period 😃

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After the period.
✍(◔◡◔)

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ヽ(Θ´; )ノ≡ヽ( ;`Θ)ノ

Even if such a thing is said, it is probably the specification of the universe.😂

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