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

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Difference between using a “-” and a “,” in a sentence

I have noticed that some native english speakers use the "-" sign to explain some additional things in a sentence: eg Sophie is going to the shop - which happened to be around the corner - to ...
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Removing a comma from a comma-parenthesized subclause

I have written the following: The credentials, checked by the gatekeeper, take the form of... But my wife says that "it would read better without the first comma". Is what she suggests allowed ...
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Using a comma before “and” in a list [duplicate]

I am confused as to when commas are supposed to be used before the conjunction and. This question answers it but I am still a bit confused. For instance the following two sentences: I am ...
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Should I use a comma before “and” or “or”?

Is using a comma then an "and" or an "or" after it proper punctuation? Example: I fell over, and hurt my knee. Should I go, or not?
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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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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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Comma before “and”

I read this sentence on an educational website: Now times have changed and you are ready for situations involving forces in two dimensions. Shouldn't there be a comma before and, since the ...
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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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Commas between interjectional elements [duplicate]

If one wanted to say something like no commas: Hello Pete, how are you? or commas: Thanks, Julia, this will be helpful! would he need commas separating the different elements in the ...
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Correct usage of commas and semicolons [closed]

I am writing an essay to attempt help my friends be themselves and stop worrying about what everyone thinks of them. I am trying to make sure I use punctuation correctly. And I was wondering if I'm ...
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“Oh, dear!” vs. “Oh dear!”

Which is correct, "Oh, dear!" or "Oh dear!"? My understanding is that the word oh is an interjection, and should thus be followed by a comma. However, is the second usage the correct one because the ...
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Is the phrase “combined with” or “coupled with” a nonessential phrase?

Is the phrase "combined with" or "coupled with" a nonessential phrase? For example": Her neat work combined with her pleasant nature makes her a pleasure to teach. Should it be "Her neat work [comma] ...
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Is this comma usage correct? [closed]

When we hear about eating disorders, such as binge eating, anorexia, or bulimia, I usually don't know about it.
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Really nice, Mat

I see a lot of people saying things such as Nice work, Nick Or Thanks, Mat Is the comma really needed? I'm not 100% sure because my spelling and grammar is not great, but I think it reads ...
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Comma in cases? (Maths)

In maths we sometimes want to show that a quantity can obtain different values depending on what case we consider. We call this cases. I cannot draw it here for you because LaTeX is not enabled ...
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where to put the comma between two distinct quote? [duplicate]

Where should I put the comma and the quotes in such a sentence? The comments were significantly focused on my being “engaging, patient and extremely helpful,” “very coherent and ...
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Using a comma to avoid using “and”

In my writing I often use a comma and the past progressive tense (I think) to make sentences more concise. For example: The new design was more intuitive and user-friendly, reducing user errors. ...
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What is to use commas and apostrophes?

"Halloween: the one day where we encourage children to accept candy from strangers, go to strangers' homes, and vandalize property and terrorize people if they don't get their own way." Original ...
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Constructing long and detailed sentences, and the correct use of punctuation

I've had a browse of some of the questions here on commas and can't see if this has been asked. I have been fastidious about my punctuation and grammar, but find the advent of online social networking ...
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em dash followed by a comma [duplicate]

I have three cars — blue, red, and green — , two motorcycles, and four bicycles. Is this a correct use of comma after an em-dash? It seems quite weird. How should I use an em-dash and ...
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How should a long sentence with multiple “or”s and commas be understood?

I'm trying to get a proper understanding of exactly what a long, run-on sentence really says. The actual text is from Michigan law, but I'm not seeking a legal interpretation rather a full ...
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Comma before quote marks around article title?

I'm thinking about making a headline. I know you would use a comma here: Professor Bill Bick then told me, "There will be more jobs when the economy recovers." What about here? Read ...
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Yet, I or Yet I,?

Which is grammatically correct? Yet I, and my peers, have lots things... or Yet, I, and my peers, have lots of things...
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Comma Usage in Dialogue [duplicate]

When I read novels, I've noticed many use a comma if it is followed by words denoting who said the words (like the second example). If what the character said is a full sentence, do we use a comma ...
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Punctuation of a list within a list

I'm trying to form a list like the following: I'm interested in new technologies such as web development using various javascript packages including: node.js;meteor.js;backbone.js, contributing to ...
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Why is this comma usage incorrect?

I know that this sentence is grammatically incorrect, and I know of a few ways to fix the problem, but I don't actually know why it's incorrect and that bothers me. Climate change is a biological ...
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Comma usage in list

Are the commas in the following sentence correct? At the bottom, you can find more quick links to the Charity Commission, and Haringey, Waltham Forest and Enfield council websites.
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Use of comma separating two adjectives

If I had the phrase two blond haired, blue eyed people would the comma be out of place? should I hyphenate "blond haired" and "blue eyed"?
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Why are commas needed in the following sentences?

I have difficulty understanding comma usages in the following sentences: Mr Hirai had already announced that Sony's TV production goal would be halved, from 40m units to 20m. (The Economist) ...
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Which of these two sentences is (more) correct?

"The average number and total number of dogs and cats are presented in the following table." "The average number, and total number, of dogs and cats are presented in the following table." The table ...
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A and B and C and D (comma)

There is a sentence: "I am grateful to Mr. White for A and B[,] and to Mr. Black for C and D." Should I put a comma before "and to Mr. Black" or not? Thanks in advance.
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is this an example of the oxford comma? if not, why?

"I'm a self-employed, nerdy queer girl." Is that an oxford comma that's omitted, or something else entirely? If it's something else that's omitted, what is it? Why doesn't the oxford comma apply?
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Joining two sentences with semicolon

here is my sentence This makes the best use of balding resistant hair, most of us have at the sides and back of our head. The sentence after the comma does not make sense ALONE. However, ...
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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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“And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music.” Are these commas required?

Just spotted this as an answer in Quora: And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music. At first look, I thought the comma between dancing and ...
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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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Comma after “as such”?

Is it correct to use a comma after as such? For example:- and as such, it is not possible to verify the claim.
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Comma when leaving out *that*?

When the word that is used in a sentence to introduce some relative clause it is always an essential element which follows. Therefore, no comma is required. Example: I'm sure that you are lying. ...
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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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“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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Joining comma and/or gapping comma

I am German, and we have have a completely different comma system. Due to various reference on this great site here, I bought The Penguin Guide to Punctuation and worked through the comma section. ...
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Subordinating conjunction following conjunctive adverb

Dogs are usually friendly; however, while eating some are unpredictable. Does "eating" need to be followed by a comma? It appears to me that a comma is necessary because "while eating" functions ...
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use of commas with conjunction reduction

I wimped out in answering this question, dropping the commas and going to parentheses in this sentence, because I was not sure of the placement/correctness of commas in this construction. Now I'd like ...
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Can I omit a colon and use a comma instead in this sentence to dramatize?

original sentence -> The purpose is to disclose some information new sentence -> the purpose: to disclose some information last version(I'm asking about) -> The purpose, to disclose information
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Commas and Partial Quotations

What are the rules for comma placement when it comes to partial quotes? My intuition is that a comma should be placed outside of the quotations marks if the comma is related to the overall structure ...
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What is the correct use of commas when using the word “attached” [closed]

What is the correct comma use in the following sentence? Per our earlier conversation, attached, please find the document.
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Is comma needed in this sentence? [duplicate]

Below is a sentence from my book review. "China" is the name of the author. Is it correct or incorrect to have a comma after the word pay? China finds a way to dissect both a woman's desire to ...
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Either and vs. Either or

(1) In this question on math.SE a question about the meaning of 'either' before a list which ends with 'and'. The meaning of either a, b, c, or d is from this answer sort of clear in that it means ...
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Use of comma in separating ideas in a phrase [closed]

I ran into an interesting grammatical question while coding yesterday. We were doing a change to some in-app text, on a page where checks that are no longer valid are registered. The original text ...
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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. ...