The comma is a punctuation character that is placed on the baseline and looks similar to a single quotation mark.

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Compound-Complex Comma Usage

I couldn't find this question on here, and I've tried scouring the Internet, but to no avail. It's quite possible I'm just not searching with the appropriate keywords. The question is regarding comma ...
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“), or ,”) in the middle of a sentence? [duplicate]

I think commas are typically placed after closed parentheses and within quotation marks. This creates a dilemma when all three are used together. Example one: You may like snelms (or "snail helms,") ...
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What commas rule is used here?

I have a question regarding how the rules of commas apply in a particular sentence. I cannot seem to work out what rules go with the below extract. I understand the two independent clauses rule and ...
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Directions for comma use between adjectives as per various sources

I read a lot about when comma should be used between a list of adjectives modifying a noun that follows. There are a lotSo much so that now it all looks like a jumble of which adjectives sound better ...
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Are commas needed around “for example”? [closed]

I need help in determining the proper use of commas. It's an ongoing discussion in my creative writing group. Which is correct: "Take, for example, my aversion to horror films," or "Take for ...
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Would I need a comma after the main clause here?

Would I need a comma before the word "as" in this sentence? The word "fear" also takes a new meaning(,) as it comes to represent a more self-centered notion.
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Comma after a coordinating conjunction preceding a parenthetical at the start of the sentence

Although similar questions have been asked before, I am still not clear as to official or, at the very least, preferred position from punctuation rules point of view on comma after coordinating ...
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Commas with nested subordinate clauses both of which are restrictive (essential to the meaning)

I have been grappling with the question below for a while now, so hope that you can shed some light on it. Do we need the first comma (the one in brackets below) in the restrictive nested ...
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Proper use of comma before and after therefore [closed]

Is this right? I, therefore, recommended to him... or I therefore recommended to him...
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When to put a comma before participial phrase

This site is excellent. Thank you! A Japanese colleague of mine recently asked me to explain to him the rules about comma usage in the following two sentences (taken from an English textbook): "He ...
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Punctuating a sentence containing em dashes within commas [duplicate]

I always find myself writing sentences that contain clauses within clauses, and I can never decide what the right way to punctuate this is. I'm not specifying what kinds of clauses because they could ...
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Comma use in long sentences

I have been working for the subtitles of a movie, and I am not sure if I have placed the correct punctuations or not. The dialogue is about what happens when Fantasies are unleashed on internet ...
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Minimal one line self introduction containing name and role/job/title

would it be correct to separate this with a comma? Or is there other punctuation which is more suitable like a colon? I'm neildaemond, an engineer in training. or I'm neildeamond: an ...
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Comma or semi colon?

In the following sentence, should I use a comma or a semi-colon after same? The live and staging set-ups are the same, combining PHP, MySQL and Apache to power the websites. or The live ...
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Commas or Semicolons [closed]

Consider this (partial) sentence: Literary devices such as the alliteration in “that they” and “with ‘Why’”, the simile in “the pipes like great serpents”, the assonance in “not known before”, and ...
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Where are the missing commas in the text below? [closed]

For works of art and the finest treasures of the Renaissance period look no further than the beautiful city of Florence. This is the home of the famous Michelangelo statue of David amazing paintings ...
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Usage of Comma required?

I am trying to understand usage of commas while using "and" and "or". Help me with commas in the following. "Let G be a girl name. The G is, Mary if she is going to school and dancing, or Rita if ...
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The ambiguity of negative imperative

11) Don't just sit there and introduce yourself! 12) Don't just sit around and eat! Is it right that those two sentences eventually convey Don't sit and also don't introduce in #11 and "don't sit ...
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Serial comma in a list of verbs [closed]

I'm writing a text according to APA standards. The rule regarding serial commas states "Use a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items." Does this also ...
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When is a clause not essential?

I am having trouble figuring out when to use commas to set off "nonessential" information. Sometimes it's obvious: Bob, who is thirty years old, is an alcoholic. But other times I'm not sure: ...
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Is there a period after a greeting? [duplicate]

For example, when writing an email to an associate saying Good afternoon, Joel. Or should there be a comma instead of the period?
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Punctuation in a sentence “from A or B to C and even D”

Is there a need for punctuation in the following sentence: "Response time has reduced from weeks or days to hours and even minutes in some cases." More generally, how should one use punctuation in a ...
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Is this correct: “Members of the orchestra were hopeful though, on this warm spring evening”?

"Members of the orchestra were hopeful though, on this warm spring evening." Specifically, is the comma in this sentence necessary and correct? Is it correct without a comma also before 'though'?
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Do we need a comma to separate these two sentences?

Which one of these sentences is correct? 1 By using this method, they found that sugar is important in diet. 2 By using this method they found that sugar is important in diet. Do we need a ...
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How to describe a confusion matrix correctly

In computer science, we a use a thing called confusion matrix for reporting results from supervised machine learning algorithms. It looks like this The image was taken from here. I would like to ...
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3 commas and 1 or, where does assignment go?

"They shall be laid before the bishop and his counselors, two of the elders, or high priests, such as he shall appoint." Is this saying that the bishops' counselors have to be elders but he can also ...
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Double perhaps/or perhaps in the same sentence

I'm getting tripped up by the rules on when to use a comma for perhaps in a sentence like this: Perhaps you have..., or perhaps(,) you know of ... I understand that the general rule for starting ...
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The proper usage of commas? [closed]

If I have some quotes like "Never, never, never give up!" can I put a comma after them? Basically, which one is correct: He said "There is no in between", and I can't agree more! or He said ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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Is it appropriate to use “even” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence in an article: All is fair in love and war, even trying to add a static type system in a dynamically typed programming language. Is the use of "even" ...
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Commas, prepositions and subordinating conjunctions

I have two questions. Consider the following sentences. "In November I purchased my first car." or "In November, I purchased my first car." And, another example, "During the 1940s there was a ...
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Comma before “include:” preceding list: right or wrong, and why? [duplicate]

My first style disagreement with another writer at a new job. I say the comma in the example below is superfluous because there is no introductory or non-restrictive clause. I think the options are: ...
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Correct place for comma when two verbs are connected by a conjunction

He sets his alarm but, when the morning comes, fails to wake up. Marcie exercises everyday and, in doing so, improves her health. What is the correct place for the commas in the above ...
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Comma and arithmetics

Should one put a comma before an arithmetic operation? What about long expressions? Example: The final distance is equal to the initial distance plus initial velocity multiplied by time, plus half ...
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How to use comma around mathematical symbols?

I am having trouble determining the correct use of comma when specifying mathematical symbols, and the literature that I follow does not seem to be consistent. Which of the following would be correct ...
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Usage of comma in “Some like it hot, others cold” [closed]

How does one punctuate the following construct: Some like it hot, others, cold. Somehow, the two commas seem incorrect or at least awkward. Should the second one be omitted altogether? Or should ...
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The infinitive after the comma [closed]

Why is the comma before the infinitive? The Roman state was a parasite, draining men and wealth from the island while failing, or not even trying, to defend it from Picts, Irish and Saxons.
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Is the following sentence correct? A statement followed by a list. Should I use a colon? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "My main priority as a tutor has always been to help the learner feel at ease, with me, with themselves and with their own abilities." I feel like there should be ...
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Is it true you should never put a comma after “then”? Please explain [duplicate]

I would like to know what the rule is, if there is one, behind the use of commas after all sequence words except then. I have seen "then" written both with a comma and without one, but I remember ...
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Comma Problem: I removed the commas from this sentence because I can't determine where to put them and was hoping for some help [closed]

Your relationships change based on the decisions you make when talking with each crewmember and in a few specific instances with decisions you make on which mission to take or how to resolve a ...
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Use of comma with “In order” [closed]

Is the comma used correctly in these two sentences? In order to sign and return the documents to us with EchoSign, the two initial boxes marked in red will require your initials. In any case, there ...
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Hemingway sentence coordinating clauses with commas

She had a great talent and appreciation for the bed, she was not pretty, but he liked her face, she read enormously, liked to ride and shoot and, certainly, she drank too much. Is this ...
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Is it ever possible to use a comma after an essential clause?

Forgive me if my use of terminology isn't quite right... I'm editing this sentence: This is a serious problem that ranges from elementary school teachers to adjunct professors such as here, and ...
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Does “They themselves” need commas?

Which of the following sentences has correct comma usage? a) They themselves can state their feelings. b) They themselves, can state their feelings. c) They, themselves, can state their ...
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Where, if anywhere, do commas belong in a “not only… but” sentence in which the “but” clause appears in mid-sentence?

I tried to find this rule explicitly on several grammar sites, but did not find it. A "not only" sentence does not normally need a comma as the "not only" and "but also" are correlative pairs. So ...
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Should I use a comma before the conjunction in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence The movie was loud and the chatter was louder. Should I need to add a comma before the and that joins the first sentence The movie was loud and the independent clause the chatter ...
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How do I punctuate this sentence? A stamp cost three cents a gallon of gas twenty

Do I use a semicolon or a comma? I do not want to add a conjunction or replace the missing "cost" after gas. Both are intentionally removed.
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Comma before conditional statement

The conditional: When I copy and paste this answer into my .xml file, it won't read any attributes past the 1st line. Should I add a comma to the following, before the phrase "when I copy"? ...
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Comma before “and” which is being used after a list of items containing other and/s [duplicate]

I am confused about whether one should put a comma before an "and" which is being used after a list of items containing at least one other "and". I don't use the Oxford comma, and I feel it's not ...
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Comma after subclause

She thought of the place she grew up, the beautiful city of Birmingham, as they walked together through the streets of their new hometown. I'm never sure whether it should be like the above, or ...