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

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Is this a parenthetical phrase or an apposition?

Consider the following What are you laughing at, my silly hat? and What are you laughing at? My silly hat? Which of these is correctly punctuated, and if the first example is correct, what ...
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In a regular sentence, I could add more information by using dashes - like this - or commas ,like this, but what if I want to do that in a list?

I'm writing a story where only certain people know something about my MC. I list the people like this: Only my coaches, my best friend - Alicia, who’s also my cousin -, and her parents. I add ...
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How to use a comma properly [closed]

Hello I am what I would consider under educated in a way. I never studied much in school. Either way I am here now.Never fully understanding when to use a comma. My lack of knowledge often scares me ...
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Should “at most four” have commas?

I think it is natural to say the following: Every planar graph can be colored using at most four colors. However, an editor told me to add commas, as follows: Every planar graph can be ...
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Commas and sentence structure

I have a question about stringing clauses together. The following is an excerpt from a book called 'Jolie Blon's Bounce' by James Lee Burke: ...I wanted to drive deep into the Atchafalaya Swamp, ...
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Does this sentence need a comma? [duplicate]

Over the past months, we have seized several opportunities for liaison. Is the comma in this sentence needed and/or correct? Which rule(s) of grammar apply here, and is there a name for this ...
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Too many commas in this sentence?

I don't know if this sentence is too long, or if it's okay to keep stringing phrases with commas. Any help would be great as my English is not so good. When I was using the toy truck as a reward ...
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Is a comma the correct punctuation in “Help a thief?”

Recently, one of my friends on Facebook posted this cartoon in which a police officer helps a thief in response to the exclamation "Help a thief!" The contention is that the victim should have used a ...
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Question on lack of comma usage

My English teacher took some points off on a recent paper of mine based on improper comma usage, so I'm coming here for clarification. Here are the examples. The [x]'s indicate where the commas were ...
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Punctuation following “My question is…” [duplicate]

Forgive me if this has been asked before (if it has been, I couldn't find it) What punctuation, if any, should I use after "My question is..."? For example, My question is why is ice so ...
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Proper usage of a comma?

I am currently proofreading a research paper for my literature class, and I was unsure if this is an acceptable use of a comma: Profound cultural and religious differences caused Smith to conclude ...
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Comma or no comma in reaffirmation of answer? “____ it is” or “____, it is”

Would sentence 3 get a comma or not? Carrie: What time do you want to get lunch? Corin: How about noon? Carrie: Noon, it is! OR Noon it is! In case it's not obvious, the intention of sentence 3 ...
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Comma Usage After Locations [duplicate]

What is the official rule when mentioning a city/ state in a sentence? I always thought there was a requirement for a comma between the city and state, however is there also supposed to be a comma ...
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Is this comma necessary?

I am writing a poem about a coach. Is this comma necessary? Without doubt, one of the best!
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Do I need to use a comma before “everyone” to set off the vocative? [duplicate]

While I was writing a status update today on social media I decided to do some grammar-learning. The status update was "Happy Labor Day everyone!" and I am now wondering if I should place a comma ...
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“…and who knew?” or “…,and, who knew…” or “…, and who knew…”?

Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and who knew? Maybe I'd find the meaning of life. Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and, who ...
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Comma? “Dance until dawn at Festive then receive a VIP experience at Escape Spa.”

"Dance until dawn at Festive then receive a VIP experience at Escape Spa." Should I use a comma before then?
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Do I need a comma after which in this sentence?

Do I need commas around "on that morning"? While technically correct (I believe), it just seems like so many commas sounds too choppy if one pauses at each comma. As they passed the cathedral, ...
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Comma separating subordinating clauses

I'm a software developer and occasionally write user documentation and project proposals for my boss. I've been running into a punctuation problem recently that I've been unable to solve. I have a ...
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Comma(s) when starting a sentence with both an introductory element and participial clause [duplicate]

If a sentence is starting with both an introductory element and a participial clause, where do I need to set the comma(s) appropriately? Consider the following versions of an example sentence: ...
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Do I need to put a comma before every “because”? [closed]

I am correcting a document and was told that I have to put a comma before every occurrence of “because” mid-sentence. Example: This might be because another algorithm was chosen. The ...
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Can “to me” be used adverbially?

[...] which, to me, has a strong [...] Provided that the excerpt above is correct regarding the commas, can I omit them? As in: [...] which to me has a strong [...]
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Comma between a double adverbial phrase introducing a sentence

Is a comma required when there are two adverbial phrases introducing a sentence? Like so: One day, after I had my breakfast, the postman came. Or is it fine to omit the first comma? One day ...
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Using “and” in a list with an element already containing “and” [duplicate]

I'm struggling with the following sentence in an APA format paper. I don't like the double usage of and here, but 'supply and demand' is one thing in this context. Is this correct or do I need to make ...
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Comma before “or” when it introduces synonym or explanation

This Grammar Tip of the Day: The rule: Place a comma before "or" when what follows it means the same as what precedes it. confirms what I understand about using a comma before the word or — ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone starts with the line - "Mr and Mrs Dursely, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. " Hasn't J.k. ...
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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?