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

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How to write a pair of pairs without sounding awkward

I am attempting to write a list of pairs of people, like so: "The pairings are Bob and Jane, Joe and Mary, and Fred and Ashley." This works fine in that the comma lets you know where each pairing is ...
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Do you always have to put a comma before someone's name? [duplicate]

Example: (1) Hello John. (2) Hello, John? (3) How are you today John? (4) How are you today, John? (5) I wish I could John. (6) I wish I could, John. Must there always be a comma before ...
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When is it appropriate to use a comma before “which”, “with”, and “who”?

Is it appropriate to use a comma before which in the following sentence? The group has helped me to make new friends and become more independent, which has increased my self-confidence. Is it ...
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Should there be a comma after 'and'?

This is a bit of a strange question because I know that there should never ever be a comma after 'and.' But what if there's a parenthetical statement/clause-thing right after it? Let me demonstrate. ...
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Should there be a comma after this adverbial phrase?

From the moment I saw him I knew this wouldn't work out. OR From the moment I saw him, I knew this wouldn't work out. It just doesn't seem to flow as well in the second version. Which one ...
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punctuating So and Then at the beginning of a sentence

I am confused when to put a comma after "so" and after "then" at the start of a sentence. And then that's when you went to the store? Then at McDonald's you were only there for a year, year ...
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Confused about the comma at the end of a sentence

Examples: We haven't spent much time together(,) recently. I think you're good at dealing with problems. And not only yours—but other’s(,) too.” I always get confused by this. Should ...
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Using a comma before “and we already have a toaster.” [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? No gifts please, we don't need any orchids and we already have a toaster. No gifts please, we don't need any orchids , and we already have a toaster.
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“Terrified, John locked the door” — Is the comma necessary?

Which one would sound better? Terrified, John locked the door and switched off the lights. OR Terrified John locked the door and switched off the lights.
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Can a declarative, independent clause be considered an introductory element?

Consider this question: Are you going to the birthday party? I know that the following response can be punctuated correctly in at least two ways: "I hope so. I have already bought a present."...
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Comma after “first” [duplicate]

Can anyone justify the presence and absence of comma after first in the sentences below? First we’ll create a screen for the user to log in. First, we’ll define the AniJS helper and then we’...
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commas in “They are sweet, not sour, grapes”

In the sentence "They are sweet, not sour, grapes.", is the second comma correct, incorrect, or optional?
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Comma or “that”

A sentence reads: Keep in mind the offer ends at the end of the month. Should there be a comma after "mind," or a "that" inserted between "mind" and "the"? Or is it correct the way it is ...
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Comma splice proceeded by conjunctive adverb

I'm wondering what the rule is as to where any commas or semicolons would go. (a) and (b) are showing the two sentences that are to be combined, and (a)+(b)[1,2] show the sentences in question. (a): ...
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Comma before as shown in Figure

If "as shown in Figure" appears at the end of the sentence, is it always necessary to put a comma before "as", or there are conditions in which we do not use commas? Example: These constraints give ...
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Are the commas right? [duplicate]

The man, who is standing there, is her ex-husband. Are these commas needed? Or is it: The man who is standing there is her ex-husband.
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Correct use of “albeit”, particularly with regard to commas

I’m not quite sure that the following sentence is gramatically correct. If it is, I wonder where I should put the comma or commas in the sentence using albeit. Obesity rates amongst men, whose ...
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Comma in a series of words?

I am confused if I should use a comma in the following series? Note that there is no "and" in the series, and all the three adjectives, i.e., powerful, high-throughput and low-complexity are modifying ...
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Comma Usage using Titles [duplicate]

My sentence is as follows: Carol Ohmann discusses in her article Daisy Miller: A Study of Change in Intentions how the main heroine of Henry James' novella brings rise to arguments. Do I have ...
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Comma before not

If I have this opposition construction with not like It's all about intimidation(,) not the law. should I place comma before not?
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question about where the comma goes [closed]

where does the comma go in a sentence that says: in the past 10 years I have mostly worked at schools and churches which has helped me.
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Too many commas in Harry Potter

The book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" starts with the line - "Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. " ...
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Help on an ACT English Question

While taking a practice ACT test, I came across a confusing grammar problem. The sentences given in the passage are as follows: "Many people believe that language is the domain of human beings. ...
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Comma before “and so”

I encountered the following two examples: Moreover, the proposed scheme is designed in an ID-based setting and so the necessity for certificates and some related problems are eliminated. Our ...
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Usage of commas with 'if anything'.

I've written: (1) Taking action on climate change, is, if anything, the opposite of nimbyism. But there are other ways I could have written the exact same words, in regards to punctuation: ...
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“What could X do besides Y?” or “What could X do, besides Y?”

Example: But what can a tree do(,) besides turning carbon dioxide into oxygen? Should I place a comma there? Why or why not?
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Commas to separate a dependent clause or not?

I'm writing about a player playing a game and probabilities. I tried to cut down the sentence, so don't concentrate too much on the sense rather than the commas. Would you write my sentence like this ...
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Should I use comma after i.e. clause?

Automatic translation of classes to relations requires every regular, i.e. non-subclass and non-association classes to have a primary key. Automatic translation of classes to relations requires ...
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Punctuation to ensure that both objects are meant

In addition, a weak interaction between light and matter in free space renders the observation of many QED e ffects, like e.g. quadrature squeezing [3] or the phase shift [4{7] of a single emitter,...
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Do I need a comma?

Note that I'm supposed to use Oxford comma. Now do I need a comma at the place of the question mark? When such change adversely affects the system, vulnerability increases[?] and a banking ...
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Example of too few commas(,) in an introductory phrase?

This sentence popped up as correct on a website: "Even though I enjoyed myself at the expensive dinner and most of my friends were in town to see me, I left." I'm no grammarian, so I turn to you all ...
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Commas for essential appositives – “the subreddit /r/LanguageTechnology”, or “the subreddit, /r/LanguageTechnology”,

The answer is from user YourWelcomeOrMine from the subreddit /r/LanguageTechnology/. I instinctively wanted to put a comma between “subreddit” and “/r/LanguageTechnology”, but “/r/...
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Oxford Comma Conventions

According to the Wikipedia page for the Oxford Comma, "Use of the comma is consistent with conventional practice" and "Use of the comma is inconsistent with conventional practice." Did the Oxford ...
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how to use comma in the first line of Cover Letter

May I ask a question? is one of the sentence below correct? "Dear Dr. James, Department of History Chair, and Selection Committee," "Dear Dr. James, Chair of Department of History, and Selection ...
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Do you separate an imperative after a conjunction by a comma?

I want you to go and ask him the price, but don't tell him I sent you. Is this a main clause followed by a coordinating clause (imperative)? Pour the vodka into the glass, and add orange juice. ...
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When is a comma appropriate when using “that is”

Is there a better way of structuring the following? In the first instance, efficiency needs to be evaluated; the most efficient choice, that is, the choice that minimises unnecessary ...
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“along with the rest of us” at the end of a sentence

Considering this sentence: They will have to adapt to it along with the rest of us. ... I feel like I want to insert a comma before "along" for emphasis. However, I think it's formally incorrect, ...
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Comma usage in a complex series

I have the following caption title: Fig. 5. Measured small-signal gain, input return loss, and output return loss vs. frequency of C-band HPA. This is equivalent to (a), (b), and (c) vs. (d) ...
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Comma usage in the phrase “Oh my God”

While reading the satirical novel A Confederacy of Dunces, I was struck by the protagonist's habit of expressing his vexation with the phrase "Oh, my God." I don't recall seeing a comma inserted into ...
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As fast as Or As fast

He is as clever if not cleverer than his brother. Ranjeet is as fast as or perhaps faster than Rohit. Are both these sentences correct? As per Wren And Martin High School English Grammar And ...
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Verb question and use of am versus is

Is it correct to say: . . . and she like I am happy that. . . . or would you say: . . . and she like I, is happy that. . . . Microsoft Word spellchecker lets either of these be used.
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Comma after location?

Does the following sentence have a comma or not? Why? In the picture(,) you can see that the flowers were blooming. Is there a difference to these sentences? In the car(,) you can see that ...
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Where to learn about commas (academic/mathematical writing in particular)

I have recently tried to learn how to place commas properly when writing in English, but I experienced a great difficulty in finding some good material on the subject. My goal is to be good (or at ...
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comma before subordinating conjunction “where”

I have three examples where I am confused about comma usage with the subordinating conjunction 'where': a) The primal algorithms broadly correspond to implicit congestion control mechanisms where ...
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Use of commas around 'as such'

Our algorithm is based on a sparse representation framework, where an l0 norm optimization is used based on an OMP algorithm. It works well with one single snapshot and as such, our algorithm has ...
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Punctuation use for separating lists between “between” for clarity

What is the best way to punctuate the following two sentences so the reader is not confused? 1) For transfers between station A and shelf B AND processing device and automated stocker, use chain Q. ...
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Comma position with citation [closed]

This question regards Vancouver referencing, though I suppose the issue could really arise regardless of what is contained in the in-text citation. Consider the sentence: As dogs are mammals they ...
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Figuring out what's wrong with the sentence

I took a quiz given in the BBC magazine. it had the following sentence. The Queen arrived at the castle with the King by her side, in a dress adorned with hand-sewn embroidered dragons. please ...
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When using ellipsis to omit list items, is a comma required after the last item before the ellipsis or not?

Which, if any, format do you consider preferable? "10, 11, 12, ... 19, 20." "Violet, Indigo, ... Orange, Red." -OR- "10, 11, 12 ... 19, 20." "Violet, Indigo ... Orange, Red."
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Is there always a comma befor and after a year in a sentence? [duplicate]

What is the correct punctuation of comma usage for this sentence - I began my general studies in June 2010 at OTC in Springfield, Missouri.