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

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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 ...
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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 this:...
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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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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 two-...