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

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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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Too many “and”s? Is it grammatically correct?

A friend of mine (a non-native speaker of English) has asked me to check her CV and I'm afraid / ashamed to say, I'm having trouble. Are there too many "and"s in the given sentence? It seems OK to ...
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Where shall I put the comma in this sentence?

I'm not sure whether I should write like this: Try A or, a more famous one, B. Or like this Try A, or a more famous one, B. Or try other forms to avoid expression like this. Does anyone ...
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Use of a comma after “during” at the beginning of a sentence [closed]

What is the rule regarding the use of a comma when the word "during" appears at the beginning of a sentence? During church the child whimpered incessantly. During church, the child ...
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Is a comma in this sentence required? [closed]

In the sentence below, is the comma optional or should it (not) be there? I can hear it there when this is spoken, but I am not convinced it needs to be there in written form. In order to pass ...
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Will the comma suffice to indicate whether the subject or the object is being modified?

There are two separate meanings I'm trying to convey with the following two sentences: 1) "I painted my brother sitting against the wall." 2) "I painted my brother, sitting against the ...
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When citing a paper and describing its purpose, is it correct to use a comma to describe the contents?

My question is in regards to the following sentence and has two parts: Bitcoin is a clever solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem[2], which describes the issue of trusting data transmitted ...
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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 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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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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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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Parenthetical commas and foreign English

I advise a friend on her writing, despite not quite knowing an adverb from a proverb (kidding (kinda)). Invariably, parenthetical commas such as the following: Jane, my assistant, opened the ...
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Usage of 'and' with commas [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma before last item in a list I grew up learning British English rules and we were taught that while using commas to list or enumerate items, there should never be a ...
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When does a comma change the meaning of a sentence?

Match the two sentences with their meaning: 1) I had a discussion with a friend and a programmer. 2) I had a discussion with a friend, and a programmer. Meanings: a) I talked to a ...
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Are these commas placed correctly?

This is the sentence from a newspaper: Gu Kailai, wife of a Chinese politician at the centre of a major scandal, did not deny murdering a British man during her one-day trial that ended on ...
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Are commas properly used in “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”?

George Bernard Shaw said, "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." Are commas properly used in these sentences? In my mind, the comma in each sentence improperly separates the noun ("he") from the ...
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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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Punctuation around the word “OK” at the end of a sentence

If a sentence ends in "OK", and the sentence is a request, usually there is a comma before the OK and a question mark after it. The comma signifies a pause, correct? What if there was no pause, then ...
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Should there be a comma or a colon here?

His latest album is Foo featuring his band, Bar. His latest album is Foo featuring his band: Bar. Which is the more appropriate way to punctuate the sentence?
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Can “;” be used to replace the word “but”?

Are these two sentences both correct and equivalent? People say stuff like "all lawyers are liars", but it's not true. People say stuff like "all lawyers are liars"; it's not true. Is ...
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Using a comma before “rather than”

I find that it is very common for some people (typically English teachers, in my experience) to use a comma before a phrase beginning with "rather than" when it falls at the end of a sentence. For ...
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Usage of a comma in a dedication

Does the dedication "To my beloved John" need a comma after "beloved"?
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Should the title of a short story have a comma after it if it is the subject of a sentence?

A friend of mine was asking me this question. She used the following sentence in her essay for her English class: "Harrison Bergeron" is a laughable read. However, her English professor marked this ...
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Punctuation in “or in other words”

In a Math.SE question, I used the sentence: “some two of these propositions are true and the third one is false”, or in other words, “exactly 2 of 3 propositions are true” Here I used “or in ...
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“Although, the causes of…” or “Although the causes”?

I'm correcting something which my friend wrote. He wrote about incidents that had occurred while working in a mine, and stated that although the cause of each incident may have been different, they ...
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Sincerely [comma?] name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should you use a comma/period after “Thanks”/“Regards” in email signatures? I see answers on how to end a letter putting a comma after for example sincerely, like: ...
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…Capital letter after period(s)?

Excuse my terrible English knowledge, but I have been wondering this for some time already: What is correct for the next phrase?: And he was there. alone. sad. and crying... or And he was ...
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Should I place a comma in “I live in London where I work at a coffeeshop”

Should I put a comma between "London" and "where" in the following sentence, or is it acceptable not to include it? I live in London where I work at a coffeeshop brewing delicious coffee.
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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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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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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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Comma placement following a coordinating connector

Is there a de jure standard in print media for comma placement following a coordinating connector? The situation is perilous, but if we are prepared to act promptly, there is still one chance of ...
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checking parts of speech pattern of this sentence

I wonder if the following sentence is grammatically correct. Foobar is a novel, set in a scenic landscape of farmland and ancient woodland on the banks of the River Foo. I suppose the word "set" ...
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Commas after Conjunctions

So we've already discussed at length whether it's okay to start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction, and it's pretty clear that it is (and I've already done it in this sentence). But (there we ...
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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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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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Pauses and Punctuation

My girlfriend and I were discussing the following sentence: "Curiosity and diversity were discouraged, at times, disciplined." I feel that there is clearly a larger pause with the first comma than ...
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Is there a comma needed before quotation?

Sam developed an annual sweepstakes promotion entitled “The Free Gas Punt Return Game”. Do I need a comma after entitled or not?
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Are commas considered superfluous in legal documents?

I'm in the process of purchasing a house and reading through the contract, I can't find a single instance of the comma. (As if legalese wasn't hard enough to read already!) This includes the ...
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How do you punctuate around parentheses?

Which of these punctuation examples is more correct? On December 7, 1941, ("a date which will live in infamy") Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 ("a date which will live in ...
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Comma in “Before I go I will return the book” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I use the comma? Before I go I will return the book. Do we have to use a comma in the above sentence?
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If “whenever possible” is in the middle of a sentence, does it need to be preceded by a comma?

The sentence in question is "We believe that the best way to think about the mentor-mentee relationship is to remember that whenever possible, all adults in a child's life should act as a team.  It ...
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Parentheses vs. commas vs. hyphen or dash in a list of people

In a list of people published in a bulletin, which is correct? We continue in prayer for: Amy B.(cancer), T. Jones(nephew of Tim), Lillie (on the death of her brother), Sally(Nursing Home), ...
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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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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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Should I use a comma in written instructions?

I'm writing a technical user guide for a piece of software and am not sure whether I should be using a comma or not when giving instructions. Which of the following is correct? To add a new item ...
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Does this sentence contain an introductory clause? [closed]

I could do this myself, but I suggest you follow the manual. In the above sentence, does "I could do this myself" count as an introductory clause? Or does the conjunction modify it? Also, is it ...
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Do these sentences contain comma splices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a comma splice? My girlfriend wants me to correct her fan-fiction, and to me it looks fine stylistically, but I wonder if some of the sentences are technically ...
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Correctly using a semicolon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one correctly use a semicolon? I was wondering if the following was the correct usage of a semicolon or if a comma is more apt for this use. Well, have we ...
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Can/should I put a comma before a phrase's time specifier?

For instance, consider the sentence, "I ate lunch today." Is it necessary or acceptable to put a comma before "today?" Generally speaking, some of these time phrases look wrong to me when used with a ...