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

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Overall structure, dashes and commas

The following sentence comes to me a bit intricate: The ultimate responsibility still rests in the hands of Internet users who vote – they, along with the officials elected to serve them, make up ...
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Do I use a forward slash or comma for my title and designations?

Do I use a forward slash or comma for my title and designations? I see both uses throughout my industry but which one is the correct usage, or could both be correct? Broker/REALTOR®, CRS®, ABR® ...
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Understanding grammatical structure of a sentence using commas

I couldn't understand the use of commas in the second sentence in the following passage and the overall meaning of it. This doubt and the still-harsh tyranny of the materialistic philosophy ...
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What's the right punctuation for the following list?

Many cases of animal suicide were discused. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion. A school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no reason whatsoever. A deer threw itself from ...
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No comma preceding quote from a document?

I am a court reporter, and I was recently informed that I should not put a comma before a quote from a document. E.g., in the sentence: John said, "We need to clear this item," the comma after "said" ...
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Is a comma required in “Until now X, that it is about time we do Y”?

I am wondering if I should leave the comma in the following sentence: Until now he has been behaving so badly, that it is about time we do something about it.
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Roles of commas [closed]

I couldn't understand the role of the commas in the following sentence. While many of his people starve, they write, Mr. Kim “is such a connoisseur that, according to his former chef, every grain ...
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“If this, and if that.” With or without Comma?

I’ll appreciate it if you wash the car, and if you take out the trash. Should I use a comma before and, or not?
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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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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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Best way to phrase “{x and y} and z”?

I've continually struggled with this sentence arrangement. I have a list of 2 groups, but one of the groups is also a group of 2. Example: "I need help finding turtles and brown and grey foxes" The ...
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Should “which percentage” or “what percentage” be used within a sentence?

I have the following paragraph: "The contents of a fish tank with 70 fish, of which 10 percent are goldfish, are added to another fish tank with 130 fish, of which 20 percent are goldfish. After the ...
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Dependent clause/ prepositional phrase in second clause with comma

Am I right in punctuating the sentence this way? Joe and Jim walked down the street, and, at the corner, Joe found a nickel. This is just an example. More importantly, I need to know in general case ...
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Syntax for “doesn't do this thing” but “will”

Working on this sentence: I look forward to iOS in the Car so the one clock that doesn't set itself automatically will. Recognizing that it (intentionally) feels non-standard, is it ...
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“As Applicable” Concluding a Sentence

I am a technical writer, and often I find concluding a list of requirements with "as applicable" is useful, because not all items in a list of requirements are relevant in all cases. Consider a ...
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Comma with 'but then'

Which of the following is right? Ignorance is bliss. But then we learnt to do it. OR Ignorance is bliss. But, then, we learnt to do it.
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In my example, did I use the comma correctly?

The IV cannot be randomized in this case, but randomization allows for balance between two groups, one on each side of the threshold. Maybe the sentence I just wrote below is better? The IV ...
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presenting a list followed by a verb, should the semi-colon be used?

Consider the sentence We consider how different strategies; (1) running, (2) hiding and (3) fighting affect the mating success of bears. Is the above sentence grammatically correct with the ...
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Comma in “The key objective is X, with the broader goal of Y”

The key objective of the declaration is to create guidelines, with the broader goal of facilitating international mobility of students. Are there any rules that govern the placement or ...
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In my example, do I need a comma before which?

The linear fit fails to fit the age profile because it does not really account for the changes in arrests rate which implies a large bias.
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In my example, comma or no comma before the word respectively?

In the graph for all arrests, and DUI arrests, the effect of the MLDA is about 125 and 50 increase in arrests rate respectively. I personally think no comma should be put before the word - ...
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In my example, can I use a comma before the word “thus”?

Graph 4 improves Graph 3 because it shows potentially similar outliers that occur at each birthday, thus this represents our best range of x.
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Couple of comma-splice questions

He missed one episode of The O.C. and then played catch-up the rest of the season. I have but one dream in life, to own a Harley-Davidson. She swims twice a day, before school and right before ...
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A sentence with too many commas [closed]

Can someone please explain the following sentence? This perspective provides a primarily pragmatic justification, therefore, for confidentiality, in that any perceived limitations to, or ...
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Comma placement

Ok, just for fun, this sentence makes perfect sense when spoken, but in print, where would you put the commas? I say at that that that that that that that refers to is not that that at all.
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Scientific writing: comma after “where” while explaining variables?

I am writing a scientific report. Lets say there is an equation, c = a+b where, a is variable1 b is variable2 Is it needed to put comma after "where" here? Also at the end of the equation, is a ...
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How do you punctuate the following [closed]

How would you punctuate this phrase? me personally or my friend Would you put commas around personally?
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Comma in a two-item list?

How would you punctuate list of two items that has the word AND in the title? For example: ... two documents with titles of Power of Attorney and Living Will and Appointment of Health Care Agent. ...
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When Are There Too Many Commas?

This should be a fairly easy question: When the beginning of a sentence includes a parenthetical phrase, is it necessary to use more than one comma? Take this sentence for example: "But yeah, ...
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have I correctly recognised the apposition?

Observations from Earth indicate that at the solar surface, the outward magnetic field is the strongest at the polar regions. Is at the solar surface an apposition which the writer has ...
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Is a final comma necessary when describing a description?

Sorry, the title is a bit confusing... basically, which of the following is correct? Without a comma: Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother, the book you had me read during a camping trip which ...
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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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Phrasing of “this=that” sentence?

What is the best way to phrase and punctuate this type of "this = that" sentence? No noise was detected, indicating that the room was empty. No noise was detected, which indicated that the room was ...
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Comma with 'who' in this specific sentence

Can you shed light into this? The coach came to the defence of the player who has been sacked from the team following his differences with the captain. OR The coach came to the defence of the ...
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Comma before the word “as” [duplicate]

This is my sentence: The A & P’s regular customers are depicted as "scared little pigs in a chute." Daily, they live the same monotonous existence. Microsoft word insists that there ...
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Should I use a comma in this sentence?

I am trying to teach myself punctuation rules. I have this sentence: The Disney version generally considered both racist and sexist portrayed the female characters in stereotypical roles and ...
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lengthy sentences/second subordinate clause

To further drown him in statistics, amongst all the bowlers who bowled in more than 5 innings away from home in the last 1 year of ODI cricket, Ashwin has the second-worst bowling average after ...
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Comma before “and that” in a compound object

You should have known that he is quite adept at what he does and that he has the best conversion rate. You should have known that he is quite adept at what he does, and that he has the best ...
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Comma in “still is, and will always remain”

Manchester United still is and will always remain a force despite these setbacks. Do I need a comma after is here? I personally don't think so but would like to be sure.
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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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Comma usage in a series of three [duplicate]

Which is correct comma usage in the following sentence? It is time to shake, rattle , and roll. It is time to shake, rattle and roll.
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Comma after the noun of the Oxford comma?

In a sentence like: Next to apple, pears, and bananas, a lot of other fruit exists. Is the comma after bananas needed, allowed, or forbidden? And why? Is the same true for descriptions with ...
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Help me I just got in trouble with direct address comma at work

I write stuff like this: Karen, our team can help you. However, in this case I wrote: Karen, Mike and Joe can help you. I was trying to tell Karen that Mike and Joe could help her. ...
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The author writes that he “couldn't understand why…" — a comma needed before the quote?

Usually, if I am writing that a person said something, I would precede the quoted text with a comma, like this: Then he said, "I don't know why it happened." However, in this sentence, an editor ...
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Does this sentence have too many subjunctives?

Does this sentence have too many subjunctives? If it please the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge ...
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Writing deadlines

I'm currently using the following date format for setting deadlines: Monday, 27 January 2014, 3 PM My questions are: Should I mention time at the beginning or leave it at the end? Should I ...
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The use of commas

My friend wrote me an email with the sentence Would the coming Tuesday at 12:15 be okay for you? I immediately thought there should be a comma, somewhere in the sentence. Well he doesn't ...
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Should there be a comma after “he added” if I'm not quoting?

At my job we usually write something like this: Mr. Smith stated the defendant is welcome to stay at his residence and may receive mail at that address, if necessary. He added he is willing ...
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Comma usage when but is used between two adjective or adverbs

What is the rule regarding comma usage when but is used between two contrasting adjectives or adverbs? It is a vey interesting, but stupid question, and one that I have had a hard time finding a ...
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Active and passive verb with different prepositions for same object - commas?

I've got a sentence like this: A will impose B on and further be affected by C The two verbs have nothing in common, they both just put A in some relation to C. As C is quite long I don't want ...