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

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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-...
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Moreover between commas

While writing, I am often tempted to write sentences as: It is, moreover, clear that... or We have, in addition, other things to take into account. Is the use of the conjunctive adverbs ...
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The difference between “Thanks John” and “Thanks, John” [duplicate]

My question is about the difference between "Thanks John" and "Thanks, John". I think that all answers assume that John is a person being addressed, in which case explanations about the placement or ...
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'Implied subject' independent sentences and commas

I've been reading Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, in which this rule is outlined: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. Examples: The early records of the city ...
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Comma or semicolon after an independent clause ending in 'though'

In this sentence: The exterior of the building wasn't what made it special, though, it was the people inside. should the second comma be a semicolon, or is it correct just the way it is?
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How to punctuate a sentence starting with “what.”

This has probably been asked before but I can't find a search term that finds it. Is the punctuation correct in the following sentence: What, are you not hungry? I could write it as two ...
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Commas and nicknames

I want to know, do you have to use a comma after a nickname WITH a name? Like would it be "Rose darling, how are you?" or "Rose, darling, how are you?" I'm curious to know what is the correct way to ...
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Comma after literature reference citation?

Sorry, I am a German engineer, so my English language skills are quite poor :D. I am writing a scientific paper and I have several sentences as the following example In [1] the definition proposed ...
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When should 'viz.' be followed by a comma?

Some Latin abbreviations as 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' are always followed by a comma. For the Latin abbreviation 'viz.', sometimes it is followed by a comma, sometimes it is not. What is the rule for ...
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In Figure X, … - with Comma?

What of the following examples is better: In Figure 1, we show that A performs better than B. or In Figure 1 we show that A performs better than B. When looking through a few journals I ...
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Must the use of a comma plus “and” be followed by a complete sentence?

As I understand, the use of a comma followed by "and" indicates the conjunction of two complete sentences. For example, "He is strong. Therefore, he is a likely candidate." could be conjoined as "He ...
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Comma between but and because?

In the following sentence, is the comma after "but" required, appropriate but unnecessary, or wrong? I wanted to check the time, but, because my clock was broken, I couldn't.
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Usage of commas and colon in sentence containing lists, and additional clauses

I've used this site to my benefit in the past, and now I have my own question. I have looked through some of the answers (although I admit not every one as I am short on time) and cannot find what I ...
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Comma before adverbial participial phrases (reduced adverbial phrases) and participial prepositions

Another tricky comma question that has recently popped up in my line work that I have not been able to resolve to my satisfaction. Apologies it's a bit long, but all parts are related and additional ...
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Why is there no comma between this participle phrase and the main clause

I searched around, and they said that all the participle phrases are happening concurrently with the main clause. Hm, I thought they are consecutively happening, according to http://random-idea-...
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Where do commas go relating to especially?

Where do the commas go in relating to the word especially in the following sentence: Waking up is such a struggle especially when it is cold. Is there a comma before and after especially or just ...
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Should there be a comma after 'I remain' in letter closings? [duplicate]

Lately I've been closing some formal letters and formal messages with this structure: *..........., I remain Truly yours, XYZ* When skimming through Internet I noticed, that in posts from ~2010 or ...
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Use of punctuation of “First,…”

I am uncertain if and how to punctuate if I use only one sentence for the following idea: We conducted two varieties of an experiment. First, we left used method A. Second, we used method B. Can ...
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“What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? What was really amazing, is that, the house had a little balcony.
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Comma or period after “No”

Similar question has been asked before; however, I would like to clarify the convention around "No" as I have not been able to find anything conclusive. Does one put a comma or period after "No", ...
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how to punctuate a sentence [closed]

How should this sentence be punctuated? I've run it past all the online grammar checkers I could find and they seem to think all 4 are acceptable. In my house when the heat is off the pipes freeze. ...
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Does omitting the coordinating conjunction in a parallelism merit a semicolon? (not only, but also)

Which is correct? "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market; it created it." or "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market, it created it." I understand ...
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how do I list a series of clauses the have the work “and” in them

I'm writing a resume and describing the work I did in a previous job, I "...installed and troubleshooted, designed and built machines, and trained on safety, maintenance and repair." how on earth do ...
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How would write this? [duplicate]

In a list, should it be 'A,' 'B,' 'C,', etc., or 'A', 'B', 'C'? Should commas go inside or outside?
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The name of this grammar structure

It is a serious, and sometimes fatal, disease that may become epidemic in crowded, unsanitary living conditions. I'm trying to find the name of grammar structure (a very technological term, not just ...
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When to insert a comma when there are several ands in the sentence

I apologize if this has already been answered somewhere, but I couldn't find it. When there is a series of items or events in a sentence and they are connected by ands, do you need to insert a comma ...
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Comma placement before and after names

Comma misuse is nothing to take lightly. It can lead to a train wreck like this: Example: Mark Twain's book, Tom Sawyer, is a delight. Because of the commas, that sentence states that Twain ...
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Does a comma go there?

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not to use a comma in the type of situation shown in the examples below: Jane was concerned that running by herself she might get mugged. Jane ...
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Does the comma make the meaning of the sentence clearer?

Sir Roger Moore exemplifies James Bond's personality, off-screen. My concern is that if there was no comma in the sentence, it would mean something like this: James Bond's personality off-screen is ...
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Is this sentence punctuated correctly? (Comma and semicolon) [duplicate]

"Eventually John noticed that it was midnight; we said Happy New Year, then went back to work." I know the semicolon could also be a period. But is the comma necessary?