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

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List with a complex item only at the end: semicolons or commas?

So, semicolons should be used to separate items in complex lists. But what if only one item contains a comma and that item is placed at the end of the list? For example: The body incorporated ...
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Using commas just whenever it helps

The Wikipedia article for comma says In general, the comma shows that the words immediately before the comma are less closely or exclusively linked grammatically to those immediately after ...
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Should I put a comma after “Thank you”? [duplicate]

A coworker replied to an earlier email from me with some very good news. I wanted to thank him for his help. I was hoping to start with Thank you, Jim. That is wonderful news... OR is it ...
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Commas Before Little Conjunctions

I've recently come upon a set of lines in a video game which either disregard the rule about commas having to come before little conjunctions (and, so, but) when separating two independent clauses, or ...
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Comma after nonrestrictive adverbial (dependent) clause at the end of the sentence

I am confused whether comma is required after adverbial (dependent) clauses at the end of the sentence (and the difference, if any, between restrictive and non-restrictive adverbial clauses). The ...
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Using commas to offset appositives

I know that commas are necessary in this situation: "John Kerry, a Republican candidate, made a speech today." However, they don't seem necessary here: "The kid, who owns toy cars, is nice." Am I ...
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Using em-dash instead of parentheses and commas [duplicate]

Let's say I have the following sentence: "I didn't like the cake (the cookies were better), but I absolutely hated the egg rolls." Would it be grammatically correct (and colloquially okay, to someone ...
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Semicolon or comma: “because _(, or ;) then _, _, _”

Is it correct to have my first comma after dairy? Also, what would you break this sentence up into "grammatically?" That is, what do I call my "because" statement and the following listing? ...
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Comma usage; punctuation [closed]

"Pans propounds the view that, despite the importance of expeditious and efficient proceedings, efficiency and fastness should never be the determining factors." Pans propounds the view that , ...
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Comma usage; introductory clauses [closed]

In order to, successfully fulfil the aim of the Partial Dispute Act, Section 1019bb DCPR stipulates that there is no direct remedy against a decision in subproceedings. Should the comma after In ...
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Using multiple commas per sentence to increase the number of concepts that can be mentioned [closed]

I have a pretty loaded sentence with numerous commas and I am not sure whether the comma usage is appropriate. "Pyrene was shown to bind weakly, and one of its derivatives, 1-aminopyrene, more ...
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Do we need commas after “she/he said” in a dialogue?

If a person is saying "And then, she/he said '________'", do we need commas after "said"? It's written in a dialogue, not a narrative. Please help. Thanks in advance!
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Do we need commas after “that” in sentences like “That, I can do” or “That, I have”?

Are commas needed after the word "that" in sentences like "That, I can do", "That, I have" or "That, you may take"? They're exactly the same as "I can do that", "I have that" and "You may take that" ...
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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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What are Fowler's guidelines for comma usage for this phrase?

I don't need to set off "at times" in commas here, do I? "It is an at times fraught debate... " The alternative is as follows: "It is an, at times, fraught debate... " And, a second ...
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Where would the commas go in “I am too tired to think clearly”? [closed]

I don't know where the commas would go in: I am too tired to think clearly. I think it should be: I am, too, tired to think clearly. Am I correct?
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Should there be a comma? [duplicate]

A friend of mine often starts her email message to me with 'Hello dear...' where she never puts a comma between the words. My intuition says there should definitely be one. Or are both variants ...
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Are the commas inserted correctly in these two sentences?

√ When Martha screamed "Fire!", her neighbor called 911. {Should there be a comma after "screamed"? Is the comma placed correctly after "Fire!"?} √ When Jake asked "Where's the bathroom?", Sheila ...
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Commas before and after A and B preceded by “both”

Recently, I have written a sentence which had following structure: Both, A and B, are ... I have been told that commas are stylistically wrong in such case. However, I searched this forum and ...
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Does a comma come between because and although?

I am editing answer explanations for a school curriculum. The more I read the phrase "because although", the more stumped I become on whether there should be a comma between because and although. Here'...
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Problem with comma usage [closed]

Are the uses of commas correct? Or should I use semicolon instead. I don't think this sentence is grammatically correct, esp. the part in bold. The term Holon is the combination of Greek word “...
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Use of full stop after closing inverted comma, when the sentence enclosed with inverted commas has a full stop at the end

Suppose I am writing a sentence. The sentence has a sentence in inverted commas. After the closing inverted comma appears, the main sentence also ends. As the main sentence ends, there will a full ...
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Can 'or' have a comma before it if it starts a dependent clause?

For example, is All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone, or in this case, be pushed out of it. or All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone or in this case, be pushed out of it....
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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 the ...
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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 answers? ...
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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 ...