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

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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 ...
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Prepositional Phrase with title

Since the prepositional phrase at the beginning of this sentence is more than five words, does it need this comma? Or can the comma be omitted? In “I’m Off to See Her,” I attempt to bring up the ...
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AE/Scientific language: When to use a comma before “which”

I'm struggling with the question whether to put a comma before "which" in many instances. While the general rule is "if the content after which is necessary to understand the rest of the sentence, put ...
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Should there be a comma before if in this sentence: is if a restrictive element?

"Smallpox may be transmitted by the air in enclosed settings such as buildings, buses, and trains if it carries the virus."
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Is “not actual” in “potential, not actual harm” an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase?

I think this affects comma placement, right? If it's an adjective phrase modifying harm, then I think it would be: "potential, not actual harm" If it's an adverb phrase modifying potential (by ...
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Is a comma needed after following in this sentence?

"Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980 following a global immunization campaign."
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Comma use in complex title

This, as put forth by Marc Cyr in his essay titled “Randall Jarrell’s Answerable Style: Revision of Elegy in ‘The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner[,]’[,]” is likely Jarrell’s intent. Where should ...
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Do I need a comma before as in this sentence: does as start a nonrestrictive element?

The second part of my argument is that, as an English naval captain, Avery has a duty to focus solely on defeating the enemies of the King. OR The second part of my argument is that as an English ...
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Overuse of commas

Two colleagues have a disagreement on the use of commas! One says the following sentence should be written: "It's never been easier to view and buy products online, or order a catalogue, whilst on ...
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Comma after an object

Can you, please, consult me. Do we need a comma before a verb in sentences like this? On the left menu item, select the needed device group.
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Should a comma be used after although?

When is a comma after although correct and when it is incorrect? Which of these two sentences is correct? "This could work as a great topic for a book, although I could also use it as a topic for a ...
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Should I place a comma here—and if so, why?

In the following sentence, should I include a comma after "acquiring"—and if so, why? German residents who agree to declare that they possess, or have begun the process of acquiring**,** ...
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In the following sentence, would you need a comma before just in case and, if so, why?

The man burned the article, just in case the man was dangerous. OR The man burned the article just in case the man was dangerous.
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Is this a comma splice? “I didn't just win, I beat the boss.”

I was wondering whether "I didn't just win." can function as an independent clause or not. Is it better to use a comma or a semi-colon between the two phrases like this "I didn't just win; I beat the ...
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Two grammatically correct, similar sentences with different meanings?

I have been given a brain teaser that asks to choose the properly formatted version of the following sentence: The road runs beside the red houses and the green house and town houses are nearby. ...
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Comma usage and the phrase type

I was doing this online quiz and came across a compound sentence. The first sentence is this: The soccer team celebrated its victory *by going to Disneyland*. My question is what kind of phrases is ...
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List of numbers in a sentence with thousands-separators (commas)

I need to list off a few large numbers (with thousands separators) in a sentence. The total number of observations, N=55,123, comprises 92596, 51456, 7714 and 2445 from the first, second, third ...
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Punctuation in “After all questions are asked and, hopefully, answered …” [duplicate]

Is the punctuation in this sentence correct: "After all questions are asked and, hopefully, answered..."
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What's the correct use of a comma when thanking someone?

When writing quick replies to emails (usually to say thank you, etc.) I've taken to using the following style: "Thank you, Ben! Regards, Øyvind" That is, I insert a comma before the subject. Is ...
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Do I use a comma? [closed]

Is the comma appropriate in the following sentence: You should change the title to "Water", or something similar.
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Comma Separating Ordinary Prepositional Phrase Following Object

I was playing a board-game last night with my friends and stumbled on this sentence in the rule book: Each Mine Region your Dwarves occupy is worth 1 bonus Victory Coin, at the end of your turn. ...
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Correct sentence interjection usage

The moose however proved to be more of a hazard than help in battle, as the moose’s natural instinct to hide overpowered their training to stay. Or The moose however proved to be more of a hazard ...
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When not to use a comma before dialogue

I'm struggling with when to omit the comma before dialogue (as well as when to use capitals) in fiction writing. My understanding is that you would omit the comma before/after something like "he says" ...
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Comma or not in “help people discover, and grow in, faith”

There is some difference in opinion whether or not the below sentence should have the commas as shown or not. Are there any rules that this would be based on? Do they make the sentence clearer? Any ...
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Is the pronoun 'themselves' offset by commas like an appositive?

For example: would this sentence be correct? Termites, themselves, can't break down the cellulose either.
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When to use a comma before 'because', 'too', or 'and'

My camera is pink, and my mobile phone is black. Is it right? And why yes or why not? Or: My camera is small. my phone is small, too. Are these commas correct? When can I find the ...
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Comma usage in introductory sentence [closed]

Which of these is correct/better? 1) In the Final Argument of the Phaedo, Socrates proves that the soul is immortal by.... 2) In the Final Argument of the Phaedo Socrates proves the soul is ...
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Is it correct to use a comma both before AND after a conjunction?

There is often talk about when to use a comma before conjunctions, but what about when to use them before and after? I would typically write the below sentence as follows: There is a weight of ...
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Should a semicolon be used with a conjunction and a dependent clause?

I've seen semicolons used to separate independent clauses, but is it correct to use them with an independent clause, a conjunction, and a dependent clause? <independent clause 1>; but ...
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When putting “etc.” in the middle of a sentence, do you use “etc,” or “etc.,” or “etc.”?

Example: If you forgot your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorent, etc., you will not be allowed to attend. Make sure you bring your fishing pole, tackle, bait, etc. as we will not make any ...
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How to use a comma correctly [closed]

Where do I put commas in a sentence like this....? Mom told me to buy butter milk a dozen eggs and six apples at the store.
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How to use a oxford comma in situation given below

I have a dataset which contains three series: positive sentiment, negative sentiment and frequency of tweets. Which of the these sentence can be used in academic writing? I am confused with the ...
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Appropriate comma usage when demonstrating two different words that describe something

I'm writing a research paper on the Quakers, a religious group that arose in the 1600's. Anyways, I was writing a sentence and I can't figure out the correct comma usage: The “Inward Light” was ...
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Comma after a year question

Would there be a comma after the year here? As this is a series of prepositional phrases, I am uncertain that the comma should be inserted. The composer was alleged to have said this to his ...
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Having trouble with “and therefore”. Is it a conjunction?

I am having trouble figuring out if any of the following sentences is grammatically correct: (A) People perceive him as manipulative, and therefore do not trust him. (B) People perceive him as ...
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Is a comma grammatically correct in this sentence?

Is the comma necessary and/or correct in the sentence: "For approvals, see Change Package Report (CPR)." I think they are not independent clauses, so it is not. I was told by a colleague it was. ...
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Should a comma be used in a scientific quantity such as wavelength?

In astronomy we often use a unit called Angstrom which is a unit of length. The symbol is \AA. Should I write 3000 A or 3,000 A? How strict is the rule for using commas?
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Proper use of a comma before a preposition

Experts, after some research, I am still unable to determine if the following is proper: I wanted to see if you could, as they say in the industry, give me a "sanity check" on what I have done. ...
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Is vocative comma rule vanishing?

According to some grammars[1][2] and CMS... "Interjections and vocative should be separated from the rest of the sentence by commas". The vocative case [1] is used to indicate direct address (i.e., ...
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Comma after “In [YEAR]” at the beginning of a sentence.

I've looked at a lot of grammar sites and can't find a good answer. What's correct: option 1: In 2008, there was an election and people were elected. option 2: In 2008 there was an election and ...
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Commas in “to my surprise”?

Is: I peeked around the corner and, to my surprise, my classmate was crying in the corner. proper comma placement? I have a feeling it's not
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Do I put a comma after this phrase?

The context: Spearheaded by female reformers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone, a national organization for a newly coined term “Women’s Suffrage” started to emerge, dubbed ...
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Commas when listing family members?

Help, I can't find the answer anywhere! Tom has three brothers and one sister. When listing them, how do you punctuate? My instinct is to do it this way: Tom has three brothers, John, Edward, and ...
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Is a comma needed in this construction “who are practically … they're so …”?

The sentence I'm looking at is this: "I pass by two females who are practically leaking sulfur they're so full of demons." I'm thinking that a comma should be inserted between sulfur and they're ...
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Comma instead of “that is”

does this sentence need a comma after menu: The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant with an innovative menu complimented by a global wine list.
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Is there a pause shorter than a comma?

I'm writing a poem, and like how it's flowing. But I find that a tiny pause shorter than a comma would do tremendous. Is there such a mark or multitude of symbols to make a short pause?
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What is the proper use of comma in this sentence? [closed]

Which would be correct? Influences in Roman culture today? or Influences in Roman culture, today?
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What is wrong with this sentence? Am I using too many commas? [closed]

As your personal trainer, it is my mission to work with you to achieve your fitness goals, in a fun, and challenging environment, designed to get you the body you want and deserve. Does this ...
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is the usage of this comma correct? [closed]

Can you please tell me if my comma in the following statement is correct? Should there be a comma after "questions" as it is below? Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me ...
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In the “Holmby Hall.” or In the “Holmby Hall”. Please note the position of full stop [duplicate]

I am not sure regarding the use of full stop or comma in the case of quotation marks.