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

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“By the time …”, does this need a comma afterwards? [closed]

I came across this sentence in a book: "By the time he died Faraday had helped to create..." Don't you think you should put a comma after "died"?
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When to use Comma before coordinating conjunctions?

So I understand that serial comma (the one used before and/or) is used only when we have 3 or more items to be separated using and/or. What exactly is the rule that governs where to add comma before ...
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A comma after well

In the headline "Dread working out? Well we love it!" Isn't there a comma after "well"? Shouldn't it read "Well, we love it!"
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Comma vs ellipsis in formal writing

Which of the following is the most acceptable construction in formal written English: Think of words like sin, din, bin...the list goes on. Think of words like sin, din, bin, the list goes on. Think ...
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place of comma before “for” when it can be interpreted as “because”

The following sentence is considered correct, "As I turned around, I heard a loud thump, for the cat had upset the goldfish bowl." (taken from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/3/5/23/answer) ...
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About the use of comma in a scientific article

Im writing a PhD research article on psychology. Im describing a number of formulation categories, each of which has been constructed using a particular way of explaining things, we call these ways ...
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Comma usage dilemma

What I want to say is that the church would be your hospital, the holy water would be your medicine, and the priest would be your doctor. But since "would be" seems too overused and redundant in the ...
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To comma or not to comma?

I often find myself putting excess commas and brackets (parentheses for all you US English speaker) into sentences, in hopes of rendering it more 'readable'. The trouble is, I am never sure just how ...
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Can a comma be used to set off a non independent clause?

I was told by "A Pocket Style Manual" that putting a comma between compound elements that are not independent clauses is a misuse; however, I saw this 'misuse' everywhere. For example: The program ...
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Is a comma required here or would an “and” or “-” make more sense?

I'm writing on a reward text for a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Is it correct to set a comma in the sentence below or would an and or - make more sense in that context? You'll get your name ...
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Hello [Comma?] John,

I have a follow up question to this question: Should you use a comma/period after "Thanks"/"Regards" in email signatures? My question is: when should you add a comma when starting ...
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Should there be a colon before a title?

Which of the following sentences has been punctuated correctly: This recommendation is based on a European guideline: Managing Neuropathic Pain. This recommendation is based on a European ...
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“Problem: solved.” or “Problem, solved.” or “Problem—solved.”

How should one correctly achieve the flow of this short sentence through the use of punctuation? Problem. Solved. In my specific example, I'm writing about how to restore creativity lost to the ...
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How to know when to use dashes or commas or braces when describing something in the middle of a sentence?

For example, you have a sentence like this: But let’s pluck a word at random from the vocabulary tree: lambaste. Let’s say whenever you encounter this word, the first four letters, l-a-m-b, ...
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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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Comma vs. em-dash

When is it appropriate to use em dashes instead of commas? I have tried commas in this sentence, but it seems too disjointed: I'm going to be here at Zep, just up the road from KO near Howell ...
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Use of Comma with Clauses

Consider the following sentence: Anna delayed, but did not prevent the rise of the Borg. vs. Anna delayed, but did not prevent, the rise of the Borg. Which is more correct and why? Both ...
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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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Is a comma required here?

"During the war David was a pilot in the RAF." This sentence looks OK to me, but would there be any reason for or against putting a comma after "war"?
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Is comma usage in this phrase correct?

I have a phrase that reads: Section 8.01, entitled "Polar Bonding in Basic Organic Compounds," provides, in pertinent part, that due to the slight electro-negative bias of Flourine, the ...
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Comma use before “as”?

I'm writing an essay and I was wondering if I would put a comma here before as: Reputation is based on integrity and wisdom as your ability to demonstrate probity would gain you favor among many ...
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Triple Commas not acceptable?

I'm wondering why this phrasing: I spend most days thinking about the future. Hoping that I'm on the right path, I do my best at everything I can. is preferred over this one: I spend most ...
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Unnecessary commas?

I was just writing this sentence: You can't predict how people are going to react, or what's going to happen, so just make your move, and then observe, and appreciate what happens. And I ...
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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 before a participial phrase

I have two cases. a) He sent me a letter written in English. b) I was given a cup made in China from my friend. I personally think sentence (a) should be non-restrictive since there is only ...
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Adding a modifier to a phrase with a comma

Here is the sentence in question: "...line of performance apparel is perfect for any race, 5k to 50k. " Is that the proper way to modify race? What is this rule called?
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Where do commas fit in with regards to a list of inquiring/exclaiming quotations? [duplicate]

If one were to list several exclamatory quotations within a single sentence, where and how do commas fit in? For instance; "When children are on my lawn I like to yell, "Get away you mangy kids!", ...
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Comma Usage Question [duplicate]

I have the following sentence. Is my commma usage appropriate, or should it be placed within the quotation marks? On cultural awareness day in first grade, when asked what nationality I was, I ...
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Where should the commas be placed in this sentence?

The sentence is "How I won and lost my first employee" How I won, and lost, my first employee is how I would say it out loud but this seems excessive. How I won (and lost)my How I won, and lost my ...
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Is using a comma as a pause correct?

More often than not, I find myself using a comma as sort of a pause. In most cases, it feels right. But I fear that I over use commas and put them in places where they are not necessary. Some ...
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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 ...