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

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“all the best” - distinction, comma or no comma?

How can one distinguish between: A) "We wish you all the best!" and B) "We wish you all the best!" ? We wish you all, the best! - is that correct for version B)?
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Can you end a multi-sentence quotation with a comma?

This is correct: "Rats," he said. But this looks wrong to me: "I left the oven on. Rats," he said. I can't find any rules about whether you can end a quotation with a comma when there are periods ...
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Is word always correct in suggesting either a comma before which or else using that?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine suggests before the use of which that a comma be placed or alternatively, to replace it with that and not use a comma. Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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Can I place a comma before and after a possessive noun?

Should I put a comma before and after "Luke's"? Thank you for considering us for your cat Luke’s grooming needs.
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Is a comma required before an interjected “well”?

A picture shared on Instagram (original source unknown) contains the following grammar joke: “Well done, well-done, or well, done?” And, this being a grammar joke, I’d assume it uses correct ...
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Using commas after clause starting with 'not'

I have the following sentence: He wanted to go to the park, not the city, for lunch Is the second comma needed?
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Origin of the “triple comma” or “comma ellipsis”

Occasionally I see someone write out sentences,,, like this,,, with exactly three commas. The first time I saw it I thought it was a personal idiosyncrasy, but I've seen it enough times now that I ...
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Comma placement when joining two independent clauses with a dependent clause and the word, “and.”

I'm having a problem finding an example of comma placement when two independent clauses are joined by a dependent clause and the word "and". Does the comma go before or after the "and"? For example: ...
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Which usage of the comma is correct?

1. The correct way to perform a conventional, or general, deadlift is to grip the bar on the outer rings with your index finger. 2. The correct way to perform a conventional, or general ...
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In what cases should I use a comma before “or”?

Here's an example: Should I use it or not? OR Should I use it, or not? Which one is correct?
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Should I use a comma between two sentence parts that have “you <verb>” in them?

Here's an example: Once you've run the program you can use it to play the tones. OR Once you've run the program, you can use it to play the tones. Should I use a comma where I used it or not?
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Comma after lifespan?

Should there be a comma after the lifespan of Alexander the Great? When thinking of world conquerers, Alexander the Great (July 356 –June 323 BC), comes to mind.
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Comma between adjectives in title of thesis

Is there a comma missing in "A Heuristic for Capacitated Hierarchical Resource Location Problems"? It is a title of a bachelor's thesis. I'm not a native speaker, but I think there should be a comma ...
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Where do I insert the comma? [duplicate]

Where do I place the comma in this sentence? I am in the process of renewing my insurance policy however I don't know the correct amount.
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Whether to use a comma or not

I have been looking at many company description and I found the following two usages a) We sell a diverse range of products from books to toys. b) We sell a diverse range of products, from ...
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Comma between two compound list items (“A and B, C and D”)

In an ACT Sample test, the correct answer is "I share many of the same hopes and fears, dreams and disappointments." Needing a pause isn't a solid enough argument for the ACT. What rule are they ...
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can I put comma behind and in the front of thus?

"The longitude and Latitude will be evaluated by the GPS, thus, displayed in the Google map as a marker with info box which contains the route number and the direction. "
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The wooden dock was crowded, everyone excited for the show to start

I read this sentence in a book on writing. "The wooden dock was crowded, everyone excited for the show to start." Isn't this incorrect? If your combining to clauses don't you need to use and? Also why ...
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Comma after introductory phrase in “As a B, I want A”? [duplicate]

Is this comma needed or allowed? As a citizen, I think that this problem undermines the right to privacy. Or should it be written this way instead: As a citizen I think that this problem ...
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Can we use “yours” twice in succession?

Can we use yours twice in succession? As in: My sign governs my style; and yours, yours. Any other possible usage? Is my example otherwise grammatically correct?
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“Hi, Joe,” versus “Hi Joe,” [duplicate]

The salutation "hi, Joe," often does not have a comma after "hi." "Hi" is not a modifier like "dear." It is not part of a person's title. "Hi" is an interjection and is normally set off with commas. ...
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What rule prevents this usage of commas: “this research, see references [1] and [2], has shown some success”?

I am reviewing a journal paper and the authors constantly use sentences of the sort "this research, see references [1] and [2], has shown some success" It seems to me this is ungrammatical, and that ...
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Particpial phrases containing different nouns

is it possible to use participial prepositions in the following sense, or am I creating a dangling modifier. Moreover, is the punctuation correct? Considering his broken leg, Peter was not able to ...
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Is a comma necessary here? [duplicate]

Can I insert a comma in this sentence like this: "Consequently, the type of the vehicle they are using can be specified as well as if they are walking or stationary somewhere." Or is the sentence ...
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Proper comma usage for multiple city/country pairs

I want to write a sentence with three city/county pairs. I normally use a comma between a city/country like so: I live in Sydney, Australia. But what is proper when describing three places? I ...
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Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?

I've been trying to figure out if this slogan requires a comma: Simple, streaming music. versus Simple streaming music I did some reading on comma rules here and here, but I'm still a bit ...
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Larry Trask says commas should not come after dialog tags - do you agree? [closed]

Larry Trask says: "[A] quotation is set off by quotation marks and nothing else. A sentence containing a quotation is punctuated exactly like any other sentence apart from the addition of the ...
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Why is there no comma before 'eg' and 'etc.' in this BBC style guide example?

The BBC Style Guide uses this sentence: Beware of words that have different meanings for US and UK audiences eg: 'slated', 'suspenders', 'pants' etc. My question: Why is there no comma before 'eg' ...
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Comma after 'is'? [duplicate]

Is it correct to place a comma after 'is'? Please, no recast. The question is, where do we get the money to pay for it?
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Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement

In BE, have I punctuated correctly the two bulleted sentences below? "That", he said, "is a lie." Comma goes outside the introductory quote above because the original sentence is: That is a lie, ...
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Commas between the word “or” in a lone series

I suppose a comma should be used following each such "or" in the following question. Yes? It reads: "You two no-accounts, or stereo thieves, or clowns, or whatever you are, should know by now that ...
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comma before “though” when ending a sentence — is it necessary?

Two Oxford dictionaries contradict each other (see below). In your opinion, is it necessary to use a comma before though when it ends a sentence? Oxford Dictionary of English I was hunting ...
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Ergative with Because [closed]

Are these punctuated correctly and is the parenthetical reasoning for each valid and sound? She's not running for class president, because she is scared. (= comma before "because" means she is not ...
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Comma or no comma before “in part because”?

"Running outdoors burns about five percent more calories than running on a treadmill, in part because there is greater wind resistance outdoors." I was taught that you shouldn't put a comma before ...
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Essential and non-essential: grammatical or subjective?

When deciding what should be set off by commas in a sentence, do the words “essential” and “nonessential” mean grammatically nonessential/essential or nonessential/essential to the meaning of the ...
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Two independent clauses with an introductory element

I keep running into what, in my mind, appears like a problem, and I can't find any informed opinions on it. Working With Words dictates that when you are paraphrasing or indirectly quoting a speaker ...
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… for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, loss and theft. (Commas correct?) [duplicate]

Is the comma correct after "to" and after "of" as shown below? Should a serial comma be inserted after "loss"? I cannot rephrase. Herb is responsible for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, ...
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Illegal Comma to Enhance Clarity [closed]

A while back, I coined a well-known InfoSec rule: AviD's Rule of Usability: "Security at the expense of usability, comes at the expense of security." Recently I received a comment pointing ...
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Parenthesis and apostrophes

If there is a noun, then parenthesis or a comma, where should a 's go? For example: The dog (who was very big)'s ears perked up. or The dog's (who was very big) ears perked up. or The ...
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“Oxford” comma with adjectives

Suppose you have some coordinate adjectives modifying a noun. E.g. "the cold, tired, hungry dog." You could rewrite this as "the cold and tired and hungry dog" but would these "the ...
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Is the comma usage proper in this sentence?

As a result, I am able to be understanding and accommodating to the people that I work with, including clients, which I believe is an important asset for a professional to have. I wanted to make ...
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Are these commas a proper way to indicate pauses in speech?

One site was a community of computer technicians, and the other, our government’s. I checked for answer in the usual list of comma rules.
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When is it okay not to put a comma, where the rule may normally apply?

In this sentence: I will forward the log, when it is complete. Is it permissible to remove the comma? I will forward the log when it is complete. I thought sentences that are plain and can ...
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Comma required to avoid syntactical (but not semantic) ambiguity?

Consider this sentence: You may worry about the Fed raising interest rates, or a market meltdown, but these risks should not change your investment plans. Could the comma before "or" be omitted? ...
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“Happy Birthday sir!” or “Happy Birthday, sir!”?

Which one is grammatically correct? Happy Birthday sir! Happy Birthday, sir! And where should I put "sir" in this sentence? Congratulations for completing another trip around the sun! Also ...
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Correct use of introductory commas [duplicate]

How can you tell if an introductory comma is used correctly? Here is an example. Outside, the rain was coming down hard. I do not know how to tell whether it's correct or not; is there a way to ...
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I am not sure whether to put a comma after “so”, which is at the beginning of a sentence

Some people say since "so" is a transitional word, it should have a comma after it like all the transitional words have. And some say if "so" is there for logical continuity, then no comma should be ...
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Why are the names of one baby separated by a comma?

When surfing the web I came across this card published by the Prince & Princess of Monaco. It mentiones the names of their twins. But why are the three names of each child separated by a comma? ...
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Proper usage of “From abc to xyz” with multiple nouns

Here is an example sentence: "All of my interactions with the community, from the movie that I watched with Joe in his office, to Robert's engaging recitation about songwriting, to my hallway ...
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If there was a comma after mole, does it change the meaning of the sentence? [closed]

Have you ever been diagnosed as having: growths, lumps, cysts, abnormal moles or skin lesions? Without the comma after mole, I would think that the word 'abnormal' relates to skin lesions also, is ...