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

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When to use commas before and after of course in a sentence

I'm proofing a blog for someone and I have the following sentence: Companies that use our services want great results, but of course they also need to get value for money. Do I need commas before and ...
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Is it acceptable to put “at least” at the end of the sentence without a comma?

When I am using at least at the end of the sentence, is a comma required as below? I was trying to practice my skills, at least. Or is it fine without a comma? I was trying to practice my ...
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How do i punctuate sequential uses of “before”

Is this sentence punctuated correctly? I'm wondering if i should instead replace the comma's with semi-colons before each of the "before"'s. Just seconds before dialing 911, and before the sounds ...
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Commas in list of names in a brochure [duplicate]

I am putting together brochure for an event and we need to list people who are part a committee. If the info for each individual was going to be one line, I would put commas between the person's name, ...
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Comma in a list of people who are members of a committee

I am putting together a list for an event. The list is of people who are part a committee. If the info for each individual was going to be one line, I would put commas between the person's name, title ...
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Introductory phrases and restrictive clauses

Do I need to put a comma after an introductory phrase inside a restrictive clause? Example: She realized that because Paul took the money, he was an accessory to her crime. She realized that ...
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Punctuation - deleting commas

I have a very simple question. When we are writing compound sentences, it is possible to write sentences below. He was playing soccer, and while he was playing he got injured. He was playing ...
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Why are all of these sentences considered grammatical?

I went to the store and to quench my thirst bought a milk. I went to the store and to quench my thirst, bought a milk. I went to the store and, to quench my thirst, bought a milk. To ...
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Help with comma after coordinating conjunction

When a comma and a coordinating conjunctions are used, both sides of the comma should be independent clauses. However, I have seen many examples in reputable sources where this is not the case. Is ...
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Punctuating a very complicated sentence

They reached the island with an airplane (,)and (,) realizing that no damage was done to them (,) were happy, since they had finished their journey. I know there has to be a comma somewhere ...
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Help. I need help with comma

Should there be a comma before "or" in the sentence below? I think keeping the comma would be a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. Thanks "It is a disorder in which a missing or garbled ...
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Changing the order of to with for

In sentences like this: "The parenthetical phrase is a great example of using an interrupter to great effect for foming a clear idea." Is it imperative to change it to this with double commas? ...
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I need help with comma

Is a comma needed after the word "but" in the following sentence with the parenthesis? If so, why? Thanks. "he knew he could do anything he wanted to do, but found that there was nothing he wanted to ...
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Single Comma--how's it being used?

How is the comma being used in this sentence: "But we are not principally concerned here with sentence construction, rather with finding out what makes a proper sentence so that we know where to put ...
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I need help with commas and conjunctions

Is it correct to add a comma before "but" in the sentence below this paragraph. An explanation as to why this sentence is correct or incorrect would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. (1) "If you have a ...
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Comma Confusion

Can someone please clear up my confusion with commas when they are used to set aside nonessential elements. An example sentence: After conceding defeat to his rivals, James took it upon himself to ...
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Where does the comma go in dialogue? [closed]

"Whatever," says Peyton. I understand the comma needs to be after "whatever" to indicate that is what Peyton is saying but.. Peyton says, "Whatever." can a period go there because that's ...
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How can I pinpoint whether a sentence is a run-on?

For example, this reddit post's title seems like it might be a run-on sentence, or at least have too much punctuation breaking it apart. The sentence is: For the first time, ants have been seen ...
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Comma with “for example”

Other vegetarian animals, giraffes and rhinoceroses for example, help as well. Do I have to put a comma before "for example" like this: Other vegetarian animals, giraffes and rhinoceroses, ...
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Comma Placement When Using The Word “Though”

Should there be a comma before the word "though?" Example: I am currently working with a content writer though it would be good to find more options.
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Parenthetical commas

Parenthetical/nonessential/non-restrictive commas are proving to be the bain of my life atm. My first question is whether they are all names relating to the same idea? Non-restrictive modifiers, for ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

We had our nails done at a salon and afterwards we went to a cafe, where Julie had an indulgent hot chocolate and I had a pot of tea. Please explain your answer. Thanks.
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I need help with comma with conjunction

Should there be a comma before "and" in the sentence below? The reason why I ask is because I think that the sentence below has committed a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. Can someone ...
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Oxford comma before “or”?

Is the Oxford comma restricted to the use of "and"? Or can/should it be also applied in sentences with "or"? I would choose physics, mathematics or biology. I would choose physics, ...
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Comma usage: In virtue of what[,] is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful?

Compare: (1) In virtue of what is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful? (2) In virtue of what, is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful? Is this an appropriate use of a comma in (2)? I ...
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Comma issue: noun of direct address in the middle of the sentence after conjunction

Another nitpicky comma question that I hope you will help me to resolve. How does one need to punctuate the noun of direct address (or vocative) in the middle of the sentence that goes directly after ...
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Comma usage with compound sentences

Rule 101 of compound sentences is that a coordinate conjunction must be accompanied by a comma most of the time when joining independent clauses, yet I stumble across sentences all that time that seem ...
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Does “Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely” sound right?

Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely. This is a sentence structure that is very frequently used. But there are two clauses that are connected only by a comma that does not serve as ...
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Comma Placement: “From x to y and z”

While writing an essay the other day, I was curious about how to correctly phrase a sentence such as the one below: "From dogs, to cats and fish, owning a pet can allow for a multitude of mental, ...
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Esseintial or nonessential sentence element?

He looked at the skies fully saturated with blue paint. or He looked at the skies, fully saturated with blue paint. Is "fully saturated with blue paint" here an essential or nonessential ...
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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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Should I use comma or colon?

What punctuation is preferable in the sentence below? Complex sentences have two clauses, one main (or independent) and one subordinate (or dependent). Complex sentences have two clauses: ...
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Bold type and commas

This is a bold statement, but this is normal. The first clause is written in bold. Should the comma be bold or not?
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When are commas not necessary in a list?

Can somebody please help me by explaining or providing a reference which explains the punctuation in the following sentences. We prefer no article when we are thinking about unlimited numbers or ...
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Using a comma after “but” as done on W4 form [duplicate]

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf The sentence is found on line C, where it says... But, you may choose to enter “-0-” if you are married and have either a working spouse or more than one ...
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Why is there — and should there be — a comma following a state or country's name?

This Capital Community College document best describes my dilemma: “When both a city's name and that city's state or country's name are mentioned together, the state or country's name is treated as a ...
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Appositives and use of comma

Is it correct to offset the name below by commas? The former Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, believes he is capable of winning the championship again within the next five years.
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With a direct quote—placement of a comma separating dependent and independent clauses: inside the close quotation mark or after the citation?

I have been looking for the answer to this for some time. I get close, but never find the exact answer (or question for that matter). In the following sentence, should the comma fall after ...
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How to Punctuate Two Quoted Independent Clauses Within a Declarative Sentence

I'm wondering the best way to punctuate and/or format this sentence, especially the part concerning subjunctive case, in which two examples are put in quotes: In this book, I kept finding irregular ...
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Placing comma in a sentence

I knew he was going to be there, and sure enough, he was there. In this sentence, can I place comma before "sure enough" like this: I knew he was going to be there, and, sure enough, he was ...
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Use the comma, or not?

In a flyer, should the following comma stay — or be omitted? Call, or e-mail for more information.
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Use of semicolon between dependent clause and compound subject

Is is appropriate to use a semicolon in order to avoid comma ambiguity in sentences like the following? When they returned from the zoo; Charles, James, and Jane looked for new locations to visit. ...
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Ellipsis after a comma

I want to use an ellipsis to indicate a sentence is being interrupted. That point of interruption happens to be right after an appositive which has commas around it. Does the second comma get omitted ...
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Comma usage - Comma before “and whose”

I'm kind of confused as to how I should punctuate the following sentence: A land as old as time and whose history defies any simple description. The author added a comma before "and", but i'm ...
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Missing words after commas in these sentences? [closed]

In the following sentence, why did the author use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. ...
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Quoting a paper written in a different style

In a paper I am quoting a block of text that contains the phrase "The author however does not believe ..." The copyeditor of my paper inserted comma before and after "however" as this is the journal's ...
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Why is comma used here?

It's a sentence from Bartleby, the Scrivener. He lives, then, on ginger-nuts...he must be a vegetarian then; but no; he never eats even vegetables, he eats nothing but ginger-nuts. What I ...
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Comma usage and maintain succinctness

I have started my book with the words "The day I was born, Granny died." On reading all the comma rules this doesn't seem quite right. Should the comma be replaced by a semicolon? I wanted the first ...
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Comma usage (ex. His sister, Anne, was not feeling well.) [duplicate]

I would just like to clarify if in this kind of sentence, where you state the name of a person, are commas always needed to offset Anne? His sister, Anne, was not feeling well. Or is it ...
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Should I place a comma or “and” between the adjectives “frequent” & “new”?

I have a phrase "Frequent Automatic Renewals". Must there be a comma, or should I separate them with an "and"?