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

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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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How should I punctuate around quotes?

The American convention in quotations is (typically) to place punctuation inside quoted text. But I always run into situations where the punctuation of the quote interferes with the punctuation of the ...
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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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Who does “who” apply to in this example?

His governors, some of them incompetent and tactless, quarrelled bitterly with the people, who were constantly demanding greater political control. In this sentence, who are demanding greater ...
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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 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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Where do I have to put my commas?

Are the commas in the right places in the following sentence? I want to combine my experiences in software development and network administration with the skills I acquired at university in one ...
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Should there be a comma after “i.e.”?

If I remember correctly from English class, then one should put a comma after "i.e.", i.e., the Latin abbreviation for id est. But lately I've seen the comma after "i.e." dropped in books. So what is ...
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Does a comma have to be used before 'because'?

I have a big house because my parents are rich. I have a big house, because my parents are rich. Are there are some exceptions as well?
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Punctuation with block-quotes

How do I properly place a comma after a big block-quote? Let's say I have a sentence like this: The author states: < a big quote goes here. >, therefore... Since my sentence continues after ...
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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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Comma in “Is milk without coffee, considered latte?”

Is the presence of the comma in, "Is milk without coffee, considered latte?", acceptable usage?
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When do we need to put a comma after “so”?

I noticed that most of the times when the conjunction "so" is used at the beginning of a sentence, it is followed by a comma: So, this gets published but the fact that it is inaccurate gets ...
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Placement of comma before quotation mark

What is the rule for comma placement before a quotation mark? When should it go before and when should it go after the quotation mark?
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Comma or semicolon?

Which of the following is correct? This not only produces higher success rates, it increases our energy and morale instead of depleting them. This not only produces higher success rates; it ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is a comma needed here?

If I were to try and describe a book called "Book", is this sentence grammatically correct? The book Book by Joe Bob is set in... I was told that this sentence is incorrect, that commas must ...
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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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How to join two phrases sharing a common ending

One of my professors asked me if I would be working on an assignment alone or in a group. I responded by saying: I was looking at the assignment and I feel that I am capable of, and therefore ...
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Larry and the fanboys

In the Penguin guide to punctuation Larry Trasks claims that a joining comma must be followed by and, or, but, yet or while. However, I was under the impression that a joining comma should be ...
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Is the last comma in “A, B, and C, do X” correct? [duplicate]

Does the following sentence require a comma after the word "meal?" Quizzing the waiter, complaining about the menu, and criticizing the meal, detract from your advocacy.
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Use of a semicolon before and comma after “however”

Several years ago, a previous boss told me to use a semicolon and comma with the word "however". I've always questioned this and would like to know if the following random sentences are using the ...
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Are there too many commas in this sentence?

I moved to Huntington Beach, California, the home of my favorite band, Avenged Sevenfold, and started school there as a junior. Are there too many commas in this sentence?
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Where do I put a comma when I have quotes around a short story, and the sentence structure needs a comma? [duplicate]

Where do I put a comma when I have quotes around a short story, and the sentence structure needs a comma? I know that, generally, commas go inside of quotes, but what if the quotes are marking a short ...
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I am confused about the meaning of this sentence with the placement of the commas [closed]

All teachers under age sixty-five, and those over age sixty-five who are not eligible for Medicare, shall be allowed to purchase medical coverage. Does this mean: All teachers under age ...
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Meaning of “My friend, who lives in Paris, is a teacher” with and without commas

Can anyone help me understand the difference in meaning between these two sentences? My friend who lives in Paris is a teacher. My friend, who lives in Paris, is a teacher. To me it ...