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

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“Were happily recovering” vs. “were, happily, recovering”

The hospital informed us that both victims were happily recovering. The hospital informed us that both victims were, happily, recovering. What is the difference in meaning between the ...
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Comma or no comma before “only”?

Sample phrase: Use the item for those purposes, only. vs. Use the item for those purposes only.
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Can someone please fix the grammar and punctuation in this sentence? [closed]

Is this grammatically correct? After multiple scientific experimentations, I can safely conclude my hypothesis: ice cream DOES taste better after 1am.
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How should I use commas in the middle of compound sentences? [closed]

How do you punctuate the following sentence? The introduction of a low cost Hartford Cycle line had staved off the competition for a number of years, but, by 1897, with 700 competitors in the ...
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General Party Secretary of the CCP, Xi Jinping, called for the revival of the Chinese spirit

General Party Secretary of the CCP, Xi Jinping, called for the revival of the Chinese spirit. I think it's ungrammatical, and the is required before general, or the commas must be omitted. Do ...
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When to use a comma before “and”

I often see people on the Internet using a comma before and in many cases (not adversative cases). Is it ok? In my language it is stricly prohibited to use a comma before an and except for adversative ...
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Punctuation of this: Their movements, quick and effortless; mine, lumbering and heavy

I'm not sure how to punctuate this: Their movements, quick and effortless; mine, lumbering and heavy. Maybe I got it right. Any thoughts?
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Using dashes vs. commas in business communications

Having settled into a new job in communications, I am faced with the issue of em dashes. Since I am quite partial to commas but my boss is more partial to em dashes, I can't help but wonder whether ...
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Last I checked, we put commas after appositive phrases

The Official SAT Study Guide, Second Edition's second practice test's writing section contains the following question, with the objective to choose the answer that is most correct. Through his ...
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Is a comma necessary before “above”/“below” when these words are used as sentence terminating adverbs?

Is a comma necessary before “above”/“below” when these words are used as sentence-terminating adverbs? Examples with the comma: Place the item as indicated, above. A correct example will be ...
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Why is there no comma before “and” before this independent clause?

This was at a moment when the magistrate, overcome with tiredness, had gone down into the garden of his house and, dark, bent beneath some implacable thought, like Tarquin cutting the heads off ...
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Is shipping included? (missing modifier, serial comma usage)

I'm not sure if there is a clear answer to this. Is the "collect & return delivery cost" included in the $15 fee or is it impossible to tell? Could it be fixed with a serial comma? "All ...
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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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Linking two sentences with a comma?

I'm wondering if the following sentence is correct? Please let me know your thoughts on these issues, I welcome your feedback.
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Comma before while?

After much searching, I am still finding (potentially) conflicting information regarding commas before subordinate conjunctions when they come at the end of the sentence. Specifically, I have read ...
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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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Do you need commas setting off a “when” clause in a sentence?

As an example: In Quantum Physics when particles are observed their behaviour changes in relation to the fact they're being watched. Does this sentence require a comma before when and a comma ...
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What is the correct format for using commas after periods? [duplicate]

Basically, I wish to write something along the lines of Bob, C.J., Greg and Charles all went to the store. I'm not sure about the use of the comma after the C.J. Is this correct punctuation? ...
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Comma before “although”, or is it a matter of style?

I know it technically isn't correct, but to me it just looks awkward without it. For example (just reading through a friend's gig review): The videos were surprisingly hard hitting, although ...
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'An' or 'a' when followed by information between commas [duplicate]

In the following sentence, I'm unsure whether to use ‘an’ or ‘a’. ..primarily meant as a, albeit large, donation. On the one hand ‘an’ sounds more appropriate when read, as the vowel beginning ...
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Comma before a name [duplicate]

A friend and I are arguing on which is correct. Which one would be more correct and why? When cholera did break out in Britain Farr believed, like Chadwick, that it was caused by miasma. or ...
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Terminal comma? [duplicate]

I've always had this question but I didn't know the name for what I wanted to ask until just recently (figured it out while reading a tutorial for the Inform Interactive Fiction system). When using ...
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References to words in comma separated clause

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It seems to me that, since many of the speakers are in high-demand, some of them may not stay for the entire conference. As I understand it, if we remove ...
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Is it right to use comma before “here”?

Members of parliament can criticize other members, here. Note the comma after members and before here. In this particular case, is it okay? Or should the comma not be there?
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Punctuation for a Shakespeare quote

I am putting a quote on a plaque, but am uncertain how to punctuate it. Any help would be appreciated. This above all: to thine own self be true Do I put in a comma (which is in the original ...
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Is it okay to omit the space after a comma in square bracket references, e.g. “[45,46,47,64]” in a research paper

Should you still apply the rule that there is a space after the comma, or is it an accepted practice to omit the space in this case?
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Comma usage in a letter opening [duplicate]

My colleague and I disagree on how to open a letter; he believes you should separate the salutation from the name, like so: "Hi, John" I think this is nonsense and that the comma should go at the ...
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How does the comma change the meaning in these statements?

How does the comma change the meaning in these statements? a) Ms. Harris was not defeated, because she changed her position. b) Ms. Harris was not defeated because she changed her position. ...
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“It may be updated below.” or “It may be updated, below.” [closed]

Which is the correct way to punctuate this sentence? Is the comma necessary? Context: The following is our initial estimate. It may be udpated, below. The intent is to say that half a page from ...
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Included in or included on [closed]

Which of the following serene is correct? Please note: the North stores are included in the report. We will update te report once the data is available( do I need a commas after "in the report"? ) ...
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Overview of comma and interpunctuation rules

Is there any good summary of comma and interpunctuation rules? I know that English spelling traditionally requires fewer commas than, for example, German, however I am often unsure whether to use a ...
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Correct comma placement in this sentence

Consider x, when the regulator is set to zero the integrand in x reduces to y. Is this the correct comma placement? My thinking was "Consider x" is an introductory phrase, so it is OK to place ...
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Comma usage after the words well done [closed]

Do I need to put a comma after done in the sentence Well done indeed!
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Pluralization rules for descriptions

Consider a sentence of the following form: X, and the Y which comes with it, is good. Assume X and Y are nouns, and X is singular. Should "is" be replaced with "are"? Is there some other ...
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Do you have to capitalize a question that is after a comma?

Do you have to capitalize a question that is after a comma? Example: I'm not hungry, why do I have to eat? EDIT The sentence are formed by dependent clauses with the next structure: ...
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Comma or full stop after ''come on''?

I’ve always wondered whether you should put a full stop or a comma after come on. Come on, it’s just over there! Come on. It’s just over there! Which one is right?
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Comma before indefinite pronoun

While I would surround a noun or pronoun with commas, should I do the same for indefinite pronouns? For example: Have a good weekend, all. I'm sorry, everybody, I can't do that. Thanks.
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Comma usage near title in quotes

I can't seem to find any answer in my high school grammar textbook regarding the use of commas after titles that appear in quotes. Is this question addressed by American style guides? I recently ...
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Comma placement in “Another, just as important, aspect”

Is the comma placement correct in Another, just as important, aspect is. . . . or should they rather be omitted?
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Why is there a comma in “Man discusses his, wife's experience”

Why is there a comma after "his" in the headline? Does this mean his AND his wife's experience? Is it correct english, or slang? "Man discusses his, wife's experience being injured during the Boston ...
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How to use AP Style commas after dates

I was wondering how you are supposed to use commas after full dates in AP style. I've been told to always put a comma after the year, like in the sentence: On April 4th, 2012, I found a cat. ...
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Is it true that which clause should always start with a comma? [duplicate]

Every time when I write a sentence in Microsoft Word like this: the rats which are the food of snake are crazily growing. It always recommends me to rewrite like this: the rats, which are ...
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Is a comma appended to an ellipsis in the middle of a quotation?

Digging through every ELU question I can find on the matter, I still can’t locate a specific answer to this question of punctuation. Which of these is correct? “Maybe...” I said, injecting an ...
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Should there be a comma after “Thank you”?

Should there be a comma anywhere in the following sentence? Thank you Annie for making us proud.
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Should I use commas or semi-colons in this multi-item list within a sentence?

In the following sentence, I am listing multiple areas of study. Should they be separated by commas or semi-colons? "In my exposure to this field so far, I have come to appreciate just how ...
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Comma before “including”?

Does this sentence require a comma before including? He has written on a range of moral issues including poverty, globalization, and euthanasia.
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Can I use a gapping comma in this sentence?

Could you please help me correct this sentence? Thank you very much. "The first thing I do in the morning after getting up is brush my teeth and wash my face, but the first thing he does is go on to ...
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Correct use of comma?

Should there be a comma after 1975? Peter Singer wrote Animal Liberation in 1975, igniting the modern animal movement.
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Comma confusion in this sentence

This of course wasn't the only functionality that came with iCloud, but regardless, developers weren't exactly enthusiastic. or This of course wasn't the only functionality that came with iCloud, ...
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Comma Rules: Conflicting Rules Concerning the Setting Off of Commas

I've got a sentence where the independent clause is in the front, a contrasting phrase follows, and then a simile is made to modify or elaborate the contrasting phrase. I am wondering where commas ...