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

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Noun (date) as modifier - comma after year needed?

I know that we should always add a comma after the year if the date format is like September 15, 2015. But I've also read that if the date is used as an adjective, there should be no comma. In these ...
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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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Non-Restrictive Modifiers

Modifiers, whether adjectives, adjectival clauses, adverbs, etc, are functioning to restrict the range of reference of the words they are modifying (be it nouns or verbs). Correct? That's the whole ...
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Comma usage and properly identifying clauses in sentence

I cannot figure out whether or not I need a comma between the word "cigarettes" and "according" in the following sentence: More college students are using marijuana daily than smoking cigarettes ...
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A Question on Commas

I've noticed that in all sentences I come across which start with an indication of time, there is always a comma after before the sentence is continued. For example: When I was five, I bought my first ...
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Does this comma make the sentence mean something different?

Answer the multiple choice questions and fill in the blanks, if known. Do the words after the comma only refer to the words immediately preceding it? Meaning-- Answer ALL of the questions but ...
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Where do I place the commas? [closed]

Which would be more appropriate? First quote: Furthermore, corporations such as the American Diabetes Association offer a variety of prizes for meeting certain fundraising thresholds. or ...
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Prepositional Phrase Help

If a long prepositional phrase is inserted into the middle of a sentence, such as in the example to follow, should a second comma be used to enclose the beginning of the phrase: What most ...
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Where to use commas at the beginning of a letter, when writing to 2 people at the same time?

If I am writing a message to two people, would I use a comma in between their names and then a comma after the second name? Example: This is how I need to start my letter below, but I do not know ...
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Do you know “him?” or Do you know “him”? [duplicate]

Sorry for the bad example, couldn't find a better one.
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Comma placement in this sentence? [closed]

Please explain which sentence is structured correctly and why. If none of them are correct, please correct it and, again, explain why it is correct. 1) I embarked upon a journey filled with ...
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Should there be a comma after No in “No thank you.”

Should there be a comma after No in "No thank you." Would you like some coffee? No thank you.
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Putting commas around “in his opinion”

Is there any exception to using commas around interruptions such as 'in his opinion'? Specifically, I have the following situation, wherein I'd be left with a closed-off 'that': He chose three ...
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Punctuation before and within an adverb clause

I have a sentence which includes two independent elements connected by 'and' within an adverb clause. Do I still place a comma before the and? Ex: Jett's dad died when he was seven and his little ...
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When to use commas before and after of course in a sentence

I'm proofing a blog for someone and I have the following sentence: Companies that use our services want great results, but of course they also need to get value for money. Do I need commas before and ...
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Is it acceptable to put “at least” at the end of the sentence without a comma?

When I am using at least at the end of the sentence, is a comma required as below? I was trying to practice my skills, at least. Or is it fine without a comma? I was trying to practice my ...
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Commas in list of names in a brochure [duplicate]

I am putting together brochure for an event and we need to list 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, ...
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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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Introductory phrases and restrictive clauses

Do I need to put a comma after an introductory phrase inside a restrictive clause? Example: She realized that because Paul took the money, he was an accessory to her crime. She realized that ...
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Punctuation - deleting commas

I have a very simple question. When we are writing compound sentences, it is possible to write sentences below. He was playing soccer, and while he was playing he got injured. He was playing ...
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Why are all of these sentences considered grammatical?

I went to the store and to quench my thirst bought a milk. I went to the store and to quench my thirst, bought a milk. I went to the store and, to quench my thirst, bought a milk. To ...
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Help with comma after coordinating conjunction

When a comma and a coordinating conjunctions are used, both sides of the comma should be independent clauses. However, I have seen many examples in reputable sources where this is not the case. Is ...
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Punctuating a very complicated sentence

They reached the island with an airplane (,)and (,) realizing that no damage was done to them (,) were happy, since they had finished their journey. I know there has to be a comma somewhere ...
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Help. I need help with comma

Should there be a comma before "or" in the sentence below? I think keeping the comma would be a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. It is a disorder in which a missing or garbled sequence ...
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Changing the order of to with for

In sentences like this: "The parenthetical phrase is a great example of using an interrupter to great effect for foming a clear idea." Is it imperative to change it to this with double commas? ...
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I need help with comma

Is a comma needed after the word "but" in the following sentence with the parenthesis? If so, why? Thanks. "he knew he could do anything he wanted to do, but found that there was nothing he wanted to ...
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Single Comma—how's it being used?

How is the comma being used in this sentence: "But we are not principally concerned here with sentence construction, rather with finding out what makes a proper sentence so that we know where ...
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I need help with commas and conjunctions

Is it correct to add a comma before but in the sentence below? An explanation as to why this sentence is correct or incorrect would be appreciated. If you have a weak stomach, I would not ...
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Comma Confusion

Can someone please clear up my confusion with commas when they are used to set aside nonessential elements. An example sentence: After conceding defeat to his rivals, James took it upon himself to ...
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Where does the comma go in dialogue? [closed]

"Whatever," says Peyton. I understand the comma needs to be after "whatever" to indicate that is what Peyton is saying but.. Peyton says, "Whatever." can a period go there because that's ...
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How can I pinpoint whether a sentence is a run-on?

For example, this reddit post's title seems like it might be a run-on sentence, or at least have too much punctuation breaking it apart. The sentence is: For the first time, ants have been seen ...
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Comma with “for example”

Other vegetarian animals, giraffes and rhinoceroses for example, help as well. Do I have to put a comma before "for example" like this: Other vegetarian animals, giraffes and rhinoceroses, ...
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Comma Placement When Using The Word “Though”

Should there be a comma before the word "though?" Example: I am currently working with a content writer though it would be good to find more options.
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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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Is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

We had our nails done at a salon and afterwards we went to a cafe, where Julie had an indulgent hot chocolate and I had a pot of tea. Please explain your answer. Thanks.
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I need help with comma with conjunction [duplicate]

Should there be a comma before "and" in the sentence below? The reason why I ask is because I think that the sentence below has committed a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. Can someone ...
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Oxford comma before “or”?

Is the Oxford comma restricted to the use of "and"? Or can/should it be also applied in sentences with "or"? I would choose physics, mathematics or biology. I would choose physics, ...
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Comma usage: In virtue of what[,] is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful?

Compare: (1) In virtue of what is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful? (2) In virtue of what, is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful? Is this an appropriate use of a comma in (2)? I ...
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Comma issue: noun of direct address in the middle of the sentence after conjunction

Another nitpicky comma question that I hope you will help me to resolve. How does one need to punctuate the noun of direct address (or vocative) in the middle of the sentence that goes directly after ...
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Comma usage with compound sentences

Rule 101 of compound sentences is that a coordinate conjunction must be accompanied by a comma most of the time when joining independent clauses, yet I stumble across sentences all that time that seem ...
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Does “Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely” sound right?

Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely. This is a sentence structure that is very frequently used. But there are two clauses that are connected only by a comma that does not serve as ...
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Comma Placement: “From x to y and z”

While writing an essay the other day, I was curious about how to correctly phrase a sentence such as the one below: "From dogs, to cats and fish, owning a pet can allow for a multitude of mental, ...
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Essential or nonessential sentence element?

He looked at the skies fully saturated with blue paint. or He looked at the skies, fully saturated with blue paint. Is "fully saturated with blue paint" here an essential or nonessential ...
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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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Should I use comma or colon?

What punctuation is preferable in the sentence below? Complex sentences have two clauses, one main (or independent) and one subordinate (or dependent). Complex sentences have two clauses: ...
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Bold type and commas

This is a bold statement, but this is normal. The first clause is written in bold. Should the comma be bold or not?
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When are commas not necessary in a list?

Can somebody please help me by explaining or providing a reference which explains the punctuation in the following sentences. We prefer no article when we are thinking about unlimited numbers or ...
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Using a comma after “but” as done on W4 form [duplicate]

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf The sentence is found on line C, where it says... But, you may choose to enter “-0-” if you are married and have either a working spouse or more than one ...
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Why is there — and should there be — a comma following a state or country's name?

This Capital Community College document best describes my dilemma: “When both a city's name and that city's state or country's name are mentioned together, the state or country's name is treated as a ...
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Appositives and use of comma

Is it correct to offset the name below by commas? The former Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, believes he is capable of winning the championship again within the next five years.