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

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Comma after “In Section 2”, “In what follows”, or “In 1999”?

I am not exactly sure when I should use a comma after an intro phrase. For example, I have read articles (published in the same journal) in which "In Section 2" gets a comma and others where it does ...
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Comma use dividing two lists in one sentence

How do I properly punctuate this sentence: "Prepared, packaged, and priced beef, pork, chicken, and seafood." I am trying to say that I did those three actions to those four kinds of meat, but I am ...
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Use of comma following prepositional phrase

Is a comma required after the date (year only or day of week only) that is in a prepositional phrase before the subject of the sentence? For example: In 1966 I began college.
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Comma in “Don't you wish your girlfriend was grammatically correct like me?”

I saw this: "Don't you wish your girlfriend was grammatically correct like me?" I'm wondering should it be: "Don't you wish your girlfriend was grammatically correct​, like me?"
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Is “ .. the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won.” correctly punctuated?

The quote in the title of this post is an extract from the official report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, authored among others by Kofi Annan. To me the comma is clearly misplaced. But is ...
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Commas after Conjunctions

So we've already discussed at length whether it's okay to start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction, and it's pretty clear that it is (and I've already done it in this sentence). But (there we ...
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Comma usage and maintain succinctness

I have started my book with the words "The day I was born, Granny died." On reading all the comma rules this doesn't seem quite right. Should the comma be replaced by a semicolon? I wanted the first ...
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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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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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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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Are commas considered superfluous in legal documents?

I'm in the process of purchasing a house and reading through the contract, I can't find a single instance of the comma. (As if legalese wasn't hard enough to read already!) This includes the ...
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Usage of a comma before “and” in a fairly complex sentence

How would I punctuate the following sentence: Furious, John strove to catch Jim by the shirt so that he might throw him against the wall, but once more, Jim was too quick. Where I'm getting ...
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Does the comma here draw special attention to an additional fact?

In the latest issue of The Economist there is the following sentence:- "And in China, unlike India, you can shop at Walmart, most of the time." Firstly, shouldn't it be "...unlike in India? Else it ...
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Should there be a comma in “The heading reads, 'a chart heading.'”?

I have a sentence along the lines of The heading reads, "a chart heading." The comma seems a bit awkward to me, but I cannot seem to find any explicit guidance in the Chicago Manual of Style on ...
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comma to set off two verbs/phrases with different prepositions

If I write a sentence that makes use of two verbs each relying on a different preposition, is it advisable to add commas to structure the sentence and to guide the reader, or is it not necessary (or ...
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Is it true you should never put a comma after “then”? Please explain [duplicate]

I would like to know what the rule is, if there is one, behind the use of commas after all sequence words except then. I have seen "then" written both with a comma and without one, but I remember ...
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Can the Oxford Comma be used with a list of adjectives of the same type?

I was wondering if a list of classifying adjectives of the same type could use the Oxford Comma. For example: social, political, and economic problems is it a correct expression? I was checking a ...
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Dates and commas

Should there be a comma following 20 in this sentence?: Beginning Monday, Oct. 20, Californians will have the opportunity to vote early in the November 4 General Election.
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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 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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Robbed off vs Robbed of

Can you please tell me which one of the following two sentences is right, and why? He is robbed off a huge amount of money? OR He is robbed of a huge amount of money? Also, is the comma here ...
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What is to use commas and apostrophes?

"Halloween: the one day where we encourage children to accept candy from strangers, go to strangers' homes, and vandalize property and terrorize people if they don't get their own way." Original ...
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How should a long sentence with multiple “or”s and commas be understood?

I'm trying to get a proper understanding of exactly what a long, run-on sentence really says. The actual text is from Michigan law, but I'm not seeking a legal interpretation rather a full ...
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Comma after “as such”?

Is it correct to use a comma after as such? For example:- and as such, it is not possible to verify the claim.
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'and to' quagmire

Consider: Her goal is to pioneer the idea of gardening in small or urban environments, and to inspire and educate people everywhere to grow their own organic food and live sustainably. The comma ...
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Is “not only… but as well…” grammatical?

I was given a text to read by my teacher which contains the following sentence: Speaking a foreign language one can not only read the papers, magazines and original books by outstanding writers, ...
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Should I use the so-called Oxford comma, or not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? Until relatively recent times, I always concluded a series in this manner, eg.: "while walking through the park ...
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Comma after “intuitively” at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, do I have to put a comma after "intuitively?": Intuitively, it represents the concept of something.
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Usage of comma before quotes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does a comma have to be used before a quotation? Please let me know which of the two examples below are correct: Example a: And he said "where are my chips?" Example ...
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Is that an adverbial participle? Should there be a comma?

I found the following sentence: In part of my spare time, I work on fun projects. I am not sure as to whether there should be a comma. If it is there, then this obeys some rules, for example on ...
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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 in a list of people who are members of a committee

I am putting together a list for an event. The list is of people who are part a committee. If the info for each individual was going to be one line, I would put commas between the person's name, title ...
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How to Punctuate Two Quoted Independent Clauses Within a Declarative Sentence

I'm wondering the best way to punctuate and/or format this sentence, especially the part concerning subjunctive case, in which two examples are put in quotes: In this book, I kept finding irregular ...
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Commas and Qualifying Phrases

I had just asked a comma-related question and, having received an answer, now realize I was asking the wrong question. So, please review the following sentence, arbitrarily taken from Bachelard's The ...
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Directions for comma use between adjectives as per various sources

I read a lot about when comma should be used between a list of adjectives modifying a noun that follows. There are a lotSo much so that now it all looks like a jumble of which adjectives sound better ...
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To use comma or not

What is the difference between these two sentences? I have been told that with the comma the speaker has only one sister whereas without it he could have multiple ones of which one lives in England. ...
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Does the following need a comma? “You must post 'precautions for usage, etc.' where applicable.”

This is for a poster regarding the treatment of dangerous chemicals in a lab. I have the generally feeling that after the "etc." there should be a comma, and I'm not sure if 1) it is necessary and 2) ...
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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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Comma placement in a sentence like “A small but juicy fruit.”?

How does comma placement work in a sentence with adjectives joined with something like "but"? For example, "A small but juicy fruit." And what about a more complex example, like "A small but juicy ...
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Comma after “after a while”? [duplicate]

Should we use comma after "after a while"? For example, After a while she stopped thinking about him.
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Is a comma before a conjunction optional, or old? (not talking about lists) [duplicate]

I have been corrected several times recently for putting a comma before a conjunction in a sentence (splitting phrases, not items in a list). To each their own style guide, but my understanding was ...
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Punctuation immediately after a question mark in a quote? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? Comma placement when using quotes that end with a question mark Say you're quoting someone with a requirement for a punctuation, ...
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Can a comma be used here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? In the following example, should there be a comma? John has a car, and a motorbike. John has a car and a ...
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Do I need one or more commas in this sentence?

May I suggest that you keep on searching Asda or better yet go back to Primark. It looks as if at least one comma is needed here. I was thinking: May I suggest that you keep on searching Asda ...
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In my example, did I need more commas? [closed]

For example, someone who just turned 21 and is prone to hurt others, might visit bars more often which would increase his probability of getting arrested for assault. Do I need to add more commas ...
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Omitting commas in brief statements

In a brief exhortation followed by the name of a sports team, such as "Let's go, Dodgers!" or "Go, Phillies!" is it ever appropriate to omit the comma?
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Comma before “As if”

In which of the following cases would a comma be used before the as if clause? Does this follow the restrictive/non-restrictive rule? "Hmmm," giggled the girl as if hearing the funniest joke ...