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

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Parenthetical commas

Parenthetical/nonessential/non-restrictive commas are proving to be the bain of my life atm. My first question is whether they are all names relating to the same idea? Non-restrictive modifiers, for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“in case of” + “respectively”

I would like to write something like: In cases of the A and B models, the run-time analysis of the algorithm is shown in Figures X and Y, respectively. I mean: A model -> Fig X B model -&...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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, how ...
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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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“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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Nonessential Commas

Can somebody help to clear up three issues I'm having with 'nonessential commas'. Firstly, does this use of the comma only concern itself with modifiers, wether it be appositive phrases, adjectival ...
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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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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 motorbike. ...
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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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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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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 or,...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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?