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

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Should a comma be used in a scientific quantity such as wavelength?

In astronomy we often use a unit called Angstrom which is a unit of length. The symbol is \AA. Should I write 3000 A or 3,000 A? How strict is the rule for using commas?
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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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How do you punctuate a list of titles and names?

I want to write a sentence that has a list of descriptive terms and then names, but I'm unclear as to how to do it... Herman my brother, George my nephew and I went to the market. If I put ...
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Proper use of a comma before a preposition

Experts, after some research, I am still unable to determine if the following is proper: I wanted to see if you could, as they say in the industry, give me a "sanity check" on what I have done. ...
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Is vocative comma rule vanishing?

According to some grammars[1][2] and CMS... "Interjections and vocative should be separated from the rest of the sentence by commas". The vocative case [1] is used to indicate direct address (i.e., ...
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Comma after “In [YEAR]” at the beginning of a sentence.

I've looked at a lot of grammar sites and can't find a good answer. What's correct: option 1: In 2008, there was an election and people were elected. option 2: In 2008 there was an election and ...
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Commas in “to my surprise”?

Is: I peeked around the corner and, to my surprise, my classmate was crying in the corner. proper comma placement? I have a feeling it's not
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Comma in conditional sentence and in antithesis

I've got a couple questions: Should I always put comma between condition and consequence parts, like in the following sentence: If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Should I always ...
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Do I put a comma after this phrase?

The context: Spearheaded by female reformers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone, a national organization for a newly coined term “Women’s Suffrage” started to emerge, dubbed ...
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Commas when listing family members?

Help, I can't find the answer anywhere! Tom has three brothers and one sister. When listing them, how do you punctuate? My instinct is to do it this way: Tom has three brothers, John, Edward, and ...
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Is a comma needed in this construction “who are practically … they're so …”?

The sentence I'm looking at is this: "I pass by two females who are practically leaking sulfur they're so full of demons." I'm thinking that a comma should be inserted between sulfur and they're ...
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Comma instead of “that is”

does this sentence need a comma after menu: The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant with an innovative menu complimented by a global wine list.
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What is the proper use of comma in this sentence? [closed]

Which would be correct? Influences in Roman culture today? or Influences in Roman culture, today?
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What is wrong with this sentence? Am I using too many commas? [closed]

As your personal trainer, it is my mission to work with you to achieve your fitness goals, in a fun, and challenging environment, designed to get you the body you want and deserve. Does this ...
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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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is the usage of this comma correct? [closed]

Can you please tell me if my comma in the following statement is correct? Should there be a comma after "questions" as it is below? Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me ...
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Should a comma be used in “[…] other, more experienced teachers.”?

I am writing a cover letter for a job application. The full sentence is I realise I have a lot to learn, which is why I am looking for a place where I will have the opportunity to work closely ...
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When is there no comma after “he says”?

Having read style guides thoroughly, I am still a little confused about when you don't need a comma after "He says". I thought you always did? E.g. He said, "No, I'm not ready." But sometimes I see ...
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A pause that may not signal another clause

I want to know if the last line of this stanza (in Frost's Tree by My Window) is enjambed. I want to pause after it, but would like to know whether that's because of the meter, or there can be a comma ...
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When to use a comma before coordinating conjunctions?

I understand that a serial comma (the one used before and/or) is used only when we have three or more items to be separated using and/or. What exactly is the rule that governs where to add a comma ...
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What should be used for additional information? Comma or Semi-colon?

Which of the following is correct? My family is part of the Miami tribe; a Native American people with strong ties to territory in present-day Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. OR My family is ...
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Is this the correct way to use semicolon and commas? [closed]

Her appearance looked effortless; a shift dress with a classic sweater, dainty jewelry, and mid-heel pumps.
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I like X, from the … ,to the … . punctuation help

If I were to make a statement that describes attributes of something across a range such as: What I find great about apples are the variety of colours, from the sweet red ones, to the sour green ...
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Comma after “Using this” and “For this case”

I am a bit confused about using (or not) the comma in the following sentences: Using Lemma 1, we can claim that... For/in the first case, we can use... Please I need to understand the rule ...
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“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” vs. “greed is, for lack of a better word, good”

Which of the two usages is correct? Do both of them imply the same meaning? Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is, for lack of a better word, good. I perceive a subtle ...
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Commas between subject and verb

Apologies if this has been asked before, I don't know the linguistics lingo well enough to find an answer by searching. Which of the following are incorrect, and why? I eat cheese and he bread. I ...
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Verb question and use of am versus is

Is it correct to say: . . . and she like I am happy that. . . . or would you say: . . . and she like I, is happy that. . . . Microsoft Word spellchecker lets either of these be used.
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Should there be a comma after "throughout this paper''? [closed]

Throughout this paper G is assumed to be simple graph. or Throughout this paper, G is assumed to be simple graph.
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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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Is using a comma as a pause correct?

More often than not, I find myself using a comma as sort of a pause. In most cases, it feels right. But I fear that I overuse commas and put them in places where they are not necessary. Some ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Starting a sentence with 'About your question, …'

I have noticed myself often starting a sentence like this: About your drawing question, I don't think there is an easy way to draw these shapes. Is it formal to start a sentence that way (formal ...
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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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“You are right; I'm sorry” — semicolon or comma?

You are right; I'm sorry. You are right, I'm sorry. Do we use the semicolon or comma? A full stop works. Two independent clauses so perhaps the semicolon should be used.
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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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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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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.