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 semi-colon ?When to use

I don't know whether a semicolon or a comma should be used. For example: Now that GoT is done for the season what will James complain about besides Disney movies?Find out on a new episode of Off Time ...
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Should I use a comma after “noted that”?

Should I use a comma after "noted that" in the following sentence? Tom and Dick, while driving the car, noted that at speed bumps, the suspension was making noise. A preliminary Google ...
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How to comprehend a sentence with multiple contrasting word and commas?

Darwin’s influence on modern scientific inquiry is largely ......; yet while Darwin’s ideas inform fields as disparate as genetics and social psychology, one cannot help but think that each group, in ....
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Comma before “either” at end of this sentence

Please help me determine whether or not to include a comma at the end of the third sentence: "I won't be talking to my ex at the party tonight." -"But what if she talks to you?" "I won't ...
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“You Guys” or “You, Guys”

O.K., simple rules of using a comma before and after the vocative case state tjhat you write, for example, What do you, Mark, think about the book? But what about “you guys” / “you, guys”? Or, for ...
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When using the abbreviation etc., should it be parenthetical, i.e. enclosed between commas?

I was re-reading The Elements of Style when I noticed a remark I had previously overlooked in the third rule of usage (Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas.). The abbreviations etc., i.e....
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Do I need the second “from” in the following sentence? I'm from Greenwich from London [closed]

And if so, do I need to put a comma before it? BTW I'd say "I'm from Greenwich, London."
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Commas in French [closed]

When listing French words that are separated by commas do I need to put L' Le La les or just the French word.
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Should there be a comma in the quote “At the end everything will be alright”?

Needless to state, the comma wouldn't be necessary if you were to say Everything will be alright at the end But what if you were to state At the end everything will be alright Surely there ...
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Does the following sentence structure require comma?

Does the following sentence structure require comma? S(pronoun) V(thought|wished|felt|knew|…) S V. As in: “He wished it would go away.” “I feel it is all so wrong.” “He thought it was ...
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Would the sentence above be an example of an author making stylistic error on purpose?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, ...
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“among others” at the end of a sentence

The reading list includes Shakespeare, Chaucer and Milton, among others. Is the comma correct before "among others"?
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Commas in sentences with “when”

Is the comma necessary in the sentence below? When a printing is finished, printer sends events to server.
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Comma when using passive voice

Should I put commas in sentences like this? The price of software is defined(,) based on... the amount is calculated(,) based on... computers(,) developed by... approvals for advertising and ...
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Use of a comma after a phrase in the middle of a compound sentence

I want your suggestion on what is the correct punctuation: My test was finished within 3 days, and right after that, my dad and I took the earliest flight to come back home. My test was ...
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six points clear of Jack in fifth place

a. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack in fifth place. b. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack, in fifth place. In the second sentence there is ...
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Commas in “though, since, for example”

I'm a bit confused about where to put commata in a "though, since, for example" construction. The sentence I used reads: The class of cofibrant objects is larger than the class of CW--complexes, ...
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why does the expression “we show that” has no comma

Comming from a german language background, I am always uncertain about rules for the usage of commas in english. So could someone explain to me why there is no comma before "that" in a sentence like "...
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Of course I don't! - comma needed or not

All the time I see people replying with "of course I will" or "yes it is!" (to "it's not that good" and not placing a comma after "of course" and "yes". The second case seems even more extreme, as ...
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Active followed by passive voice

Smith is lying there watched patiently by Jones. Am I right that this is two clauses, and that the second is a dependent clause in the passive voice? Should there be a comma between them, and if so ...
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Correct comma usage in an explanation of comma usage!

I need to provide a short explanation of why it's important to use commas correctly. Ironically, I'm worried that my punctuation in this explanation is incorrect! Please help! "Commas are tricky ...
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Ambiguous modifier at the end of this sentence? [closed]

We review recurrent neural networks in computer science, a simple class of learning algorithms that permit feedback between the different nodes in the network. I have two questions: Is the ...
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Comma before “and” where “and” is not a conjunctive joining clauses

I see many people, many professionals on this site in particular, use a comma after an "and" that does not act as a conjunctive in a compound sentence; for example, many people would place a comma ...
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Comma rules - found a lot of special rules, but not general ones

I have read a lot on proper punctuation: grammar.ccc.comnet.edu grammarbook.com And some more... Now I remember my English teacher warning me that in English, you should use a lot less commas then in ...
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Comma before indirect speech

For instance, you can tell them “I expect you to come to class on time,” or “Do not bully.” Do I need a comma between "them" and "I"? Why or why not?
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the proper spot of comma in a sentence

sample: Humanity has made important discoveries(,) thanks to the development of science and technology, and yet we do not know what exists in the deepest parts of the sea and the universe. I feel ...
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When “and” is used two different ways in a sentence . . .

I know it is not correct to put a comma before "and" if the subject is the same but I feel like I should do so if "and" appears earlier in the sentence like this: He was convicted of murder and human ...
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The use of comma between adjectives

I've stumbled upon this piece of text from ''Stormy Weather'' by Carl Hiaasen and I'm trying to understand why in the sentence ''On paper he seemed an ideal candidate, a bold fresh voice in a cynical ...
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Are there Official Rules for Comma Placement?

In this answer, the linguist John Lawler gave the following advice concerning comma placement: If you would use that intonation in speaking, write a comma. Otherwise don't. This sounds like as ...
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Should a comma be used between “us” and a noun describing “us”?

Example: When she needed help moving, she asked us four men. When she needed help moving, she asked us, four men.
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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Start of sentence comma after: “Lately” [duplicate]

Lately, I've been struggling to decide whether or not it's best to put a comma after the word lately when using it to begin a sentence. A similar case would be starting a sentence with the word ...
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Use of commas and “whether” correct?

....with his easy cooking techniques and added element of fun he is able to entertain every viewer, whether they are beginners or experienced cooks, young or old, Indian or not.
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Should I use commas to delimit a clause that starts with “related to”

I have the following comment in my programming code: pop and store data related to nested objects from validated_data I wonder, should the related to nested objects clause be surrounded by ...
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Is a comma between adjacent quoted phrases in the same sentence unnecessary?

This is a quote from Larry Wilmore's performance at the 2016 Correspondents' Dinner. One website wrote it as follows: "They just renamed ‘The Kelly File,’ ‘Becky with the good hair.’” I think 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 [closed]

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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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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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 ...