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

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can I put comma behind and in the front of thus?

"The longitude and Latitude will be evaluated by the GPS, thus, displayed in the Google map as a marker with info box which contains the route number and the direction. "
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The wooden dock was crowded, everyone excited for the show to start

I read this sentence in a book on writing. "The wooden dock was crowded, everyone excited for the show to start." Isn't this incorrect? If your combining to clauses don't you need to use and? Also why ...
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Comma after introductory phrase in “As a B, I want A”? [duplicate]

Is this comma needed or allowed? As a citizen, I think that this problem undermines the right to privacy. Or should it be written this way instead: As a citizen I think that this problem ...
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Can we use “yours” twice in succession?

Can we use yours twice in succession? As in: My sign governs my style; and yours, yours. Any other possible usage? Is my example otherwise grammatically correct?
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“Hi, Joe,” versus “Hi Joe,” [duplicate]

The salutation "hi, Joe," often does not have a comma after "hi." "Hi" is not a modifier like "dear." It is not part of a person's title. "Hi" is an interjection and is normally set off with commas. ...
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What rule prevents this usage of commas: “this research, see references [1] and [2], has shown some success”?

I am reviewing a journal paper and the authors constantly use sentences of the sort "this research, see references [1] and [2], has shown some success" It seems to me this is ungrammatical, and that ...
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Particpial phrases containing different nouns

is it possible to use participial prepositions in the following sense, or am I creating a dangling modifier. Moreover, is the punctuation correct? Considering his broken leg, Peter was not able to ...
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Is a comma necessary here? [duplicate]

Can I insert a comma in this sentence like this: "Consequently, the type of the vehicle they are using can be specified as well as if they are walking or stationary somewhere." Or is the sentence ...
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Proper comma usage for multiple city/country pairs

I want to write a sentence with three city/county pairs. I normally use a comma between a city/country like so: I live in Sydney, Australia. But what is proper when describing three places? I ...
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Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?

I've been trying to figure out if this slogan requires a comma: Simple, streaming music. versus Simple streaming music I did some reading on comma rules here and here, but I'm still a bit ...
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Larry Trask says commas should not come after dialog tags - do you agree? [closed]

Larry Trask says: "[A] quotation is set off by quotation marks and nothing else. A sentence containing a quotation is punctuated exactly like any other sentence apart from the addition of the ...
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Comma after 'is'? [duplicate]

Is it correct to place a comma after 'is'? Please, no recast. The question is, where do we get the money to pay for it?
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Commas between the word “or” in a lone series

I suppose a comma should be used following each such "or" in the following question. Yes? It reads: "You two no-accounts, or stereo thieves, or clowns, or whatever you are, should know by now that ...
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comma before “though” when ending a sentence — is it necessary?

Two Oxford dictionaries contradict each other (see below). In your opinion, is it necessary to use a comma before though when it ends a sentence? Oxford Dictionary of English I was hunting ...
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Ergative with Because [closed]

Are these punctuated correctly and is the parenthetical reasoning for each valid and sound? She's not running for class president, because she is scared. (= comma before "because" means she is not ...
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Comma or no comma before “in part because”?

"Running outdoors burns about five percent more calories than running on a treadmill, in part because there is greater wind resistance outdoors." I was taught that you shouldn't put a comma before ...
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Essential and non-essential: grammatical or subjective?

When deciding what should be set off by commas in a sentence, do the words “essential” and “nonessential” mean grammatically nonessential/essential or nonessential/essential to the meaning of the ...
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Two independent clauses with an introductory element

I keep running into what, in my mind, appears like a problem, and I can't find any informed opinions on it. Working With Words dictates that when you are paraphrasing or indirectly quoting a speaker ...
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… for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, loss and theft. (Commas correct?) [duplicate]

Is the comma correct after "to" and after "of" as shown below? Should a serial comma be inserted after "loss"? I cannot rephrase. Herb is responsible for the reaction to, and prevention of, waste, ...
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Illegal Comma to Enhance Clarity [closed]

A while back, I coined a well-known InfoSec rule: AviD's Rule of Usability: "Security at the expense of usability, comes at the expense of security." Recently I received a comment pointing ...
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Parenthesis and apostrophes

If there is a noun, then parenthesis or a comma, where should a 's go? For example: The dog (who was very big)'s ears perked up. or The dog's (who was very big) ears perked up. or The ...
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“Oxford” comma with adjectives

Suppose you have some coordinate adjectives modifying a noun. E.g. "the cold, tired, hungry dog." You could rewrite this as "the cold and tired and hungry dog" but would these "the ...
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Is the comma usage proper in this sentence?

As a result, I am able to be understanding and accommodating to the people that I work with, including clients, which I believe is an important asset for a professional to have. I wanted to make ...
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Are these commas a proper way to indicate pauses in speech?

One site was a community of computer technicians, and the other, our government’s. I checked for answer in the usual list of comma rules.
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When is it okay not to put a comma, where the rule may normally apply?

In this sentence: I will forward the log, when it is complete. Is it permissible to remove the comma? I will forward the log when it is complete. I thought sentences that are plain and can ...
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Comma required to avoid syntactical (but not semantic) ambiguity?

Consider this sentence: You may worry about the Fed raising interest rates, or a market meltdown, but these risks should not change your investment plans. Could the comma before "or" be omitted? ...
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“Happy Birthday sir!” or “Happy Birthday, sir!”?

Which one is grammatically correct? Happy Birthday sir! Happy Birthday, sir! And where should I put "sir" in this sentence? Congratulations for completing another trip around the sun! Also ...
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Correct use of introductory commas [duplicate]

How can you tell if an introductory comma is used correctly? Here is an example. Outside, the rain was coming down hard. I do not know how to tell whether it's correct or not; is there a way to ...
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I am not sure whether to put a comma after “so”, which is at the beginning of a sentence

Some people say since "so" is a transitional word, it should have a comma after it like all the transitional words have. And some say if "so" is there for logical continuity, then no comma should be ...
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Why are the names of one baby separated by a comma?

When surfing the web I came across this card published by the Prince & Princess of Monaco. It mentiones the names of their twins. But why are the three names of each child separated by a comma? ...
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Proper usage of “From abc to xyz” with multiple nouns

Here is an example sentence: "All of my interactions with the community, from the movie that I watched with Joe in his office, to Robert's engaging recitation about songwriting, to my hallway ...
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If there was a comma after mole, does it change the meaning of the sentence? [closed]

Have you ever been diagnosed as having: growths, lumps, cysts, abnormal moles or skin lesions? Without the comma after mole, I would think that the word 'abnormal' relates to skin lesions also, is ...
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Is this comma use unnecessary or wrong?

I'm an active user of another Stack Exchange site and regularly visit the close vote queue. When a particular filter has been cleared I see the following text: There are no items for you to ...
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FANBOYS comma with ellipsis of subject

In the sentence There he remained for six years, but he still dreamt of a television career. I have a comma before the but, which I believe follows the FANBOYS rule. If I omit the second he, ...
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Proper way to use the comma when having a similar items in a list with one exception

What I am trying to say.. The thermal conductivity of a material is dependent on its crystal structure, phase , microstructure and doping level (for semiconductors). What I wrote.. The thermal ...
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Too many “and's” [closed]

Is there a way to somehow change this sentence without making it longer? "Our brain is a truly fascinating and complex organ and even though neuroscientists and cognitive scientists are only ...
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Do I use a comma or a semicolon after a comma-separated list? [closed]

In the following sentence, should the last comma be changed to a semicolon because of the comma-separated list? Whether your favorite toping is cheese, pepperoni, or sausage, this pizza party is for ...
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Commas for parenthetical info when against technicality and ambiguity

I write the following sentence as follows: "The lady spent a few seconds gently patting the two chocobos at the coach, a popular species of avian bred throughout the country". Where does one draw the ...
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Use of commas with seemingly dependent clauses

I'd like to know whether or not the following examples are correct in relation to comma usage with independent/dependent clauses. Every time I come across examples to use commas in separating ...
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Punctuation using e.g. (or i.e.) and lists of examples

Example: "...folders you want to export e.g., Inbox, Sent, etc. and choose..." I'm wondering if the above sentence fragment is appropriately punctuated. I've recently started using e.g. and am myself ...
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Commas when explaining what another sentence “says”

I was editing some text for an open source math book today, and came across this sentence: The previous 8 axioms have basically said "these numbers are all natural numbers." This next and final ...
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Should I use a comma in this sentence [closed]

Should I use a comma before can As a further research the relation of whether a firm has adopted IT framework and the number of failed IT investment projects, can be empirically examined.
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Comma between attribute tuples [closed]

Consider the following sample sentence: Peter is pretty tolerant and mostly good-humoured, free-spirited and good to talk to. I want to say that Peter has all four attributes ("tolerant", ...
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Are commas needed to set off the word “then” in the following sentence? [closed]

What, then, could be more wonderful than to have a faithful friend?
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comma with phrases that use “yet”

I am using a sentence of the following form in a formal document. This paper shows strong, yet very circuitous, analysis. The sentence is expected to express that the analysis is strong but ...
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Is it best to use a comma following an inline address? [duplicate]

Is it proper to include a comma at the very end of an inline place address? Also, in case it is relevant, the sentence is the title of an article. For example: Examples of cross-gene ...
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Is Ann Patchett married to her dog? [closed]

In a short review on the occasion of the release of her new book in paperback, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett, the New York Times reviewer wrote: These sparkling personal ...
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Comma before adverbials

A friend asked me about a comma in the following sentence: The project took place in several centers between January and February. Should there be one between centers and between? I really am not ...
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comma/comma-splice in “inexpensive, but effective, resources”?

Is comma needed here? "inexpensive, but effective, resources" Can comma splices be used instead of "that" and "and" here? It is clear, X destroys homes, businesses.
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May a comma be placed before a subordinating conjunction following a list in order to avoid ambiguity?

Example with nonsensical language, but relevant syntax: The authors have emphasized (a) how to study the skrill, (b) where to chip the transom and (c) how children ask questions, in order to ...