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

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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 ...
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Comma before adverbial participial phrases (reduced adverbial phrases) and participial prepositions

Another tricky comma question that has recently popped up in my line work that I have not been able to resolve to my satisfaction. Apologies it's a bit long, but all parts are related and additional ...
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Why is there no comma between this participle phrase and the main clause

I searched around, and they said that all the participle phrases are happening concurrently with the main clause. Hm, I thought they are consecutively happening, according to ...
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Where do commas go relating to especially?

Where do the commas go in relating to the word especially in the following sentence: Waking up is such a struggle especially when it is cold. Is there a comma before and after especially or just ...
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Should there be a comma after 'I remain' in letter closings? [duplicate]

Lately I've been closing some formal letters and formal messages with this structure: *..........., I remain Truly yours, XYZ* When skimming through Internet I noticed, that in posts from ~2010 or ...
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Use of punctuation of “First,…”

I am uncertain if and how to punctuate if I use only one sentence for the following idea: We conducted two varieties of an experiment. First, we left used method A. Second, we used method B. Can ...
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“What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.
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Comma or period after “No”

Similar question has been asked before; however, I would like to clarify the convention around "No" as I have not been able to find anything conclusive. Does one put a comma or period after "No", ...
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how to punctuate a sentence [closed]

How should this sentence be punctuated? I've run it past all the online grammar checkers I could find and they seem to think all 4 are acceptable. In my house when the heat is off the pipes freeze. ...
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Does omitting the coordinating conjunction in a parallelism merit a semicolon? (not only, but also)

Which is correct? "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market; it created it." or "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market, it created it." I understand ...
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how do I list a series of clauses the have the work “and” in them

I'm writing a resume and describing the work I did in a previous job, I "...installed and troubleshooted, designed and built machines, and trained on safety, maintenance and repair." how on earth do ...
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How would write this? [duplicate]

In a list, should it be 'A,' 'B,' 'C,', etc., or 'A', 'B', 'C'? Should commas go inside or outside?
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The name of this grammar structure

It is a serious, and sometimes fatal, disease that may become epidemic in crowded, unsanitary living conditions. I'm trying to find the name of grammar structure (a very technological term, not ...
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When to insert a comma when there are several ands in the sentence

I apologize if this has already been answered somewhere, but I couldn't find it. When there is a series of items or events in a sentence and they are connected by ands, do you need to insert a comma ...
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Comma placement before and after names

Comma misuse is nothing to take lightly. It can lead to a train wreck like this: Example: Mark Twain's book, Tom Sawyer, is a delight. Because of the commas, that sentence states that ...
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Does a comma go there?

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not to use a comma in the type of situation shown in the examples below: Jane was concerned that running by herself she might get mugged. Jane ...
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Does the comma make the meaning of the sentence clearer?

Sir Roger Moore exemplifies James Bond's personality, off-screen. My concern is that if there was no comma in the sentence, it would mean something like this: James Bond's personality off-screen is ...
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Is this sentence punctuated correctly? (Comma and semicolon) [duplicate]

"Eventually John noticed that it was midnight; we said Happy New Year, then went back to work." I know the semicolon could also be a period. But is the comma necessary?
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List with a complex item only at the end: semicolons or commas?

So, semicolons should be used to separate items in complex lists. But what if only one item contains a comma and that item is placed at the end of the list? For example: The body incorporated ...
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Using commas just whenever it helps

The Wikipedia article for comma says In general, the comma shows that the words immediately before the comma are less closely or exclusively linked grammatically to those immediately after ...
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Should I put a comma after “Thank you”? [duplicate]

A coworker replied to an earlier email from me with some very good news. I wanted to thank him for his help. I was hoping to start with Thank you, Jim. That is wonderful news... OR is it ...
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Commas Before Little Conjunctions

I've recently come upon a set of lines in a video game which either disregard the rule about commas having to come before little conjunctions (and, so, but) when separating two independent clauses, or ...
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Comma after nonrestrictive adverbial (dependent) clause at the end of the sentence

I am confused whether comma is required after adverbial (dependent) clauses at the end of the sentence (and the difference, if any, between restrictive and non-restrictive adverbial clauses). The ...
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Using commas to offset appositives

I know that commas are necessary in this situation: "John Kerry, a Republican candidate, made a speech today." However, they don't seem necessary here: "The kid, who owns toy cars, is nice." Am I ...
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Using em-dash instead of parentheses and commas [duplicate]

Let's say I have the following sentence: "I didn't like the cake (the cookies were better), but I absolutely hated the egg rolls." Would it be grammatically correct (and colloquially okay, to someone ...
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Semicolon or comma: “because _(, or ;) then _, _, _”

Is it correct to have my first comma after dairy? Also, what would you break this sentence up into "grammatically?" That is, what do I call my "because" statement and the following listing? ...
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Comma usage; punctuation [closed]

"Pans propounds the view that, despite the importance of expeditious and efficient proceedings, efficiency and fastness should never be the determining factors." Pans propounds the view that , ...
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Comma usage; introductory clauses [closed]

In order to, successfully fulfil the aim of the Partial Dispute Act, Section 1019bb DCPR stipulates that there is no direct remedy against a decision in subproceedings. Should the comma after In ...
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Using multiple commas per sentence to increase the number of concepts that can be mentioned [closed]

I have a pretty loaded sentence with numerous commas and I am not sure whether the comma usage is appropriate. "Pyrene was shown to bind weakly, and one of its derivatives, 1-aminopyrene, more ...
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Do we need commas after “she/he said” in a dialogue?

If a person is saying "And then, she/he said '________'", do we need commas after "said"? It's written in a dialogue, not a narrative. Please help. Thanks in advance!
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Do we need commas after “that” in sentences like “That, I can do” or “That, I have”?

Are commas needed after the word "that" in sentences like "That, I can do", "That, I have" or "That, you may take"? They're exactly the same as "I can do that", "I have that" and "You may take that" ...
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Comma after “In Section 2”, “In what follows”, or “In 1999”?

I am not exactly sure when I should use a comma after an intro phrase. For example, I have read articles (published in the same journal) in which "In Section 2" gets a comma and others where it does ...
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What are Fowler's guidelines for comma usage for this phrase?

I don't need to set off "at times" in commas here, do I? "It is an at times fraught debate... " The alternative is as follows: "It is an, at times, fraught debate... " And, a second ...
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Where would the commas go in “I am too tired to think clearly”? [closed]

I don't know where the commas would go in: I am too tired to think clearly. I think it should be: I am, too, tired to think clearly. Am I correct?
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Should there be a comma? [duplicate]

A friend of mine often starts her email message to me with 'Hello dear...' where she never puts a comma between the words. My intuition says there should definitely be one. Or are both variants ...
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Are the commas inserted correctly in these two sentences?

√ When Martha screamed "Fire!", her neighbor called 911. {Should there be a comma after "screamed"? Is the comma placed correctly after "Fire!"?} √ When Jake asked "Where's the bathroom?", Sheila ...
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Commas before and after A and B preceded by “both”

Recently, I have written a sentence which had following structure: Both, A and B, are ... I have been told that commas are stylistically wrong in such case. However, I searched this forum and ...
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Does a comma come between because and although?

I am editing answer explanations for a school curriculum. The more I read the phrase "because although", the more stumped I become on whether there should be a comma between because and although. ...
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Problem with comma usage [closed]

Are the uses of commas correct? Or should I use semicolon instead. I don't think this sentence is grammatically correct, esp. the part in bold. The term Holon is the combination of Greek word ...
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Use of full stop after closing inverted comma, when the sentence enclosed with inverted commas has a full stop at the end

Suppose I am writing a sentence. The sentence has a sentence in inverted commas. After the closing inverted comma appears, the main sentence also ends. As the main sentence ends, there will a full ...
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Can or have a comma before it if it starts a dependent clause?

For example, "All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone, or in this case, be pushed out of it." OR "All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone or in this case, be pushed out of it." I ...
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Can a comma be put before but if it starts a dependent clause?

If the dependent clause is nonessential, of course. For example: There were other conspicuously terrifying moments during the ride but not any more terrifying than that one. or There were ...