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

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Where do the commas go? [on hold]

Here's a specific phrase I just wrote, but I'm not sure where the commas should go: " One thing we do need implemented into the login system that we need for datalayer stuff, is a way to pull out the ...
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Is a comma necessary after an introductory but a main-clause-dependent element?

Very often, I find commas placed after introductory phrases that actually strongly affect the meaning of the main clause and would not be marked with commas in a complex sentence. For example, commas ...
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Should one enclose variable names in commata?

In scientific writing, when should one enclose variable names in commas? Take the following example sentences: 1a) "For a set of pixels S, two pixels p and q from S are said to be connected if ...
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Comma usage in compound sentence with adverb phrase

Is the following punctuated correctly? A. There is a bird that chirps outside my window, and, every morning during the spring, it wakes me before my alarm goes off. I am wondering if the adverb ...
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Some Sentence and Comma [on hold]

Whatever the degree of integration, teaching autistic children effectively will require more funding, to train both specialist and mainstream teachers. Why do we need comma after "funding" and ...
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3 punctuation marks in a row? Question mark, comma, quotation marks [closed]

If you say to someone out of the blue "Have you ever thought about the meaning of life?," "The universe is full of mysteries," "We should stop worrying and live everyday to the fullest," or other such ...
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Do we use a comma before 'i.e'?

In another answer I read, in two examples, the comma was used once and wasn't used the other time. Is it a personal choice or do we have to follow a fixed rule?
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Where to put my comma? [on hold]

I don't remember where to put my commas in this instance. "The financial statement shows that I am a joint owner of the VISA, and therefore, am liable for repayment." or "The financial statement ...
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Grammar rules governing a phrase from the US Constitution:

The U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 5 reads No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall ...
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Is the correct format “Good morning, John” or “Good morning John”? [closed]

Which of these is in the correct format? Good morning, John. Or Good morning John.
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I'm not entirely sure of my placement of commas

I just have a quick question. I'm having some difficulty determining whether or not the comma use in the following sentence is correct. "The essential destruction of the human species, and the state ...
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Comma use in an intermediate sentence

Should I use a comma before and after "it seems" in the following sentence? "The reason to the financial crisis, it seems, is the greediness of bankers."
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Using a comma to seperate these clauses? [closed]

English is my second language. A co-worker who edits my work wrote the following two phrases: This way, workers can install the guardrail for the next level from a lower platform eliminating the ...
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Use of Comma in English

I want to know the correct use of comma in below sentence... What I want to say: Two apples>> I do not want to specify where I got from Two pears>> they were picked from my garden Sentence1: "I ...
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Parentheses: period and comma placement [duplicate]

This is a sentence (with parentheses). This is a sentence (with parentheses.) This is a sentence. (with parentheses) Which example is correct? Does this apply to commas as well, or any other ...
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Do I need a comma after the “or”s? [closed]

It shall not be published in any document or broadcasted or transmitted in any way.
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Need a comma before an adverb as last word in sentence?

When an adverb is the last word in a sentence, is it preferable to insert a comma before that word or to leave it as is (with no comma)? For example: How many employees, roughly? or How many ...
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Comma usage with one subject, multiple verbs, and multiple objects

Just got a writing job, part of which involves editing. There's a pretty specific type of sentence that's coming up a lot, and I'm not sure if a comma is required or not. The sentences look like ...
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“I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to.”: placing a comma before “if I am able to”?

Taken from #6 here is the sentence "I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to." I am wondering if there should be a comma before "if I am able to", or if ...
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Comma before “with”?

I'm watching Batman with Sara. or I'm watching Batman, with Sara. Sara = my friend, not an actress. Which is correct?
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Is there a name for the technique of changing the meaning of a word using a comma?

A reader inquired about the name of the effect that I used to illustrate the meaning in the sentence below: Doing nothing repetitively is doing nothing, repetitively. Is there a name for the way ...
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How to use comma with the word “Regardless”

Just wondering if there is any hard and fast rule for using comma with the word regardless. let us consider some example. 1. They get the annual check regardless of what they do. 2. He was, by nature, ...
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Please Help Me Punctuate This Sentence Correctly [closed]

I'm particularly interested in getting the punctuation correct, and I'd like to keep it all in one sentence. Thanks! Here's the sentence: It allows you to test on multiple browsers, and clicking ...
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The correct usage of commas when writing about your location [closed]

I live in London, England but we can work blah blah blah I live in London, England, but we can work blah blah blah Which is correct?
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Should I put a comma after a state before a country?

Example: Sacramento, CA, USA I am certain about the comma after the city before the state but what about between the state and the country?
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Comma or semi colon before “always” [closed]

Should I use a comma or a semicolon before always? For example, I consider my family to be a happy and caring one; always finding the time to share special moments together. or I consider ...
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Comma use in sentence that includes enumeration

Which sentence is correct, i.e., do I need a comma? I will introduce the topics A, B, and C. OR I will introduce the topics, A, B, and C.
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Double predicate, but not conjunction

I am editing for a writer that consistently uses a form that I'm not sure is correct or not. What is this style of sentence structure, is it good or bad, and how do I make it better? 1) "She felt her ...
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Using comma to delimit the name of a group and its constituents?

You are probably familiar with this comic which illustrates the possible ambiguity caused by leaving out the Oxford comma: However, this strikes me as plain wrong. I thought comma would not be used ...
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Commas with multiple prepositional (adverbial) phrases at the end of the sentence on the ground of restrictive/non-restrictive modifier

Do we put commas between 2 or more prepositional phrases that immediately follow each other at the end of the main clause if all of them modify/restrict the main predicate differently (e.g. one ...
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Incorrect comma usage

If both predicates pertain to the same subject, do I need to use an 'and' to separate them? Example: Mrs. Hayes takes her son by the arm, tries to pull him from us, but Elijah pries his bicep from ...
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Are commas necessary/helpful for this prepositional phrase?

Consider these sentences: 1) "To date, only one HIV vaccine trial (RV144) has successfully elicited a protective immune response, and in this trial protection was weak and short-lived." 2) "To date, ...
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Is this sentence correct?

Sentence: My friendly but silly, creepy but inviting neighbor waited for me in the parking lot. My concern was whether I needed some hyphens for the modifiers in "friendly but silly" and "creepy but ...
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Is it ok to use commas after a number written in digits?

In Dog-eating an exaggerated myth I categorically state that [eating dogs] is not at all a widespread Swiss habit and that the 3 per cent (that would make 130,000 Kiwis) are totally made up. ...
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Using commas with apostrophes for three or more plural possessive nouns

Is it teachers', students', and administrators' experiences or teachers,' students,' and administrators' experiences ? I think it is the first example with apostrophe, then comma?
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Commas before titles [closed]

There are probably more descriptive/intelligent ways to title this question. When you're describing someone by name and title like "Peter, the Dragon", is it valid and tasteful to omit the comma? It ...
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Usage of therefore in a sentence - should I insert commas? [closed]

Which one of the following sentences displays proper usage of commas? I am fascinated by your work and progress over the past year, and therefore would like to ask if we can set an interview in ...
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The usage of comma in a sentence [closed]

Some online spell checkers are adding a comma after the word datasets. Is this correct or optional? Since some datasets, we are dealing with are not binary, we transform some of them into ...
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Moreover between commas

While writing, I am often tempted to write sentences as: It is, moreover, clear that... or We have, in addition, other things to take into account. Is the use of the conjunctive adverbs ...
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The difference between “Thanks John” and “Thanks, John” [duplicate]

My question is about the difference between "Thanks John" and "Thanks, John". I think that all answers assume that John is a person being addressed, in which case explanations about the placement or ...
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'Implied subject' independent sentences and commas

I've been reading Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, in which this rule is outlined: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. Examples: The early records of the city ...
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Comma or semicolon after an independent clause ending in 'though'

In this sentence: The exterior of the building wasn't what made it special, though, it was the people inside. should the second comma be a semicolon, or is it correct just the way it is?
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How to punctuate a sentence starting with “what.”

This has probably been asked before but I can't find a search term that finds it. Is the punctuation correct in the following sentence: What, are you not hungry? I could write it as two ...
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Commas and nicknames

I want to know, do you have to use a comma after a nickname WITH a name? Like would it be "Rose darling, how are you?" or "Rose, darling, how are you?" I'm curious to know what is the correct way to ...
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Comma after literature reference citation?

Sorry, I am a German engineer, so my English language skills are quite poor :D. I am writing a scientific paper and I have several sentences as the following example In [1] the definition proposed ...
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When should 'viz.' be followed by a comma?

Some Latin abbreviations as 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' are always followed by a comma. For the Latin abbreviation 'viz.', sometimes it is followed by a comma, sometimes it is not. What is the rule for ...
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In Figure X, … - with Comma?

What of the following examples is better: In Figure 1, we show that A performs better than B. or In Figure 1 we show that A performs better than B. When looking through a few journals I ...
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Must the use of a comma plus “and” be followed by a complete sentence?

As I understand, the use of a comma followed by "and" indicates the conjunction of two complete sentences. For example, "He is strong. Therefore, he is a likely candidate." could be conjoined as "He ...
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Comma between but and because?

In the following sentence, is the comma after "but" required, appropriate but unnecessary, or wrong? I wanted to check the time, but, because my clock was broken, I couldn't.
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Usage of commas and colon in sentence containing lists, and additional clauses

I've used this site to my benefit in the past, and now I have my own question. I have looked through some of the answers (although I admit not every one as I am short on time) and cannot find what I ...