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

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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.
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Commas in list of names in a brochure [duplicate]

I am putting together brochure for an event and we need to list 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, ...
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Introductory phrases and restrictive clauses

Do I need to put a comma after an introductory phrase inside a restrictive clause? Example: She realized that because Paul took the money, he was an accessory to her crime. She realized that ...
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Punctuation - deleting commas

I have a very simple question. When we are writing compound sentences, it is possible to write sentences below. He was playing soccer, and while he was playing he got injured. He was playing ...
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Punctuating a very complicated sentence

They reached the island with an airplane (,)and (,) realizing that no damage was done to them (,) were happy, since they had finished their journey. I know there has to be a comma somewhere ...
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Why are all of these sentences considered grammatical?

I went to the store and to quench my thirst bought a milk. I went to the store and to quench my thirst, bought a milk. I went to the store and, to quench my thirst, bought a milk. To ...
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I need help with comma

Is a comma needed after the word "but" in the following sentence with the parenthesis? If so, why? Thanks. "he knew he could do anything he wanted to do, but found that there was nothing he wanted to ...
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Where does the comma go in dialogue? [closed]

"Whatever," says Peyton. I understand the comma needs to be after "whatever" to indicate that is what Peyton is saying but.. Peyton says, "Whatever." can a period go there because that's ...
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Comma Confusion

Can someone please clear up my confusion with commas when they are used to set aside nonessential elements. An example sentence: After conceding defeat to his rivals, James took it upon himself to ...
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How can I pinpoint whether a sentence is a run-on?

For example, this reddit post's title seems like it might be a run-on sentence, or at least have too much punctuation breaking it apart. The sentence is: For the first time, ants have been seen ...
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Comma with “for example”

Other vegetarian animals, giraffes and rhinoceroses for example, help as well. Do I have to put a comma before "for example" like this: Other vegetarian animals, giraffes and rhinoceroses, ...
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Comma Placement When Using The Word “Though”

Should there be a comma before the word "though?" Example: I am currently working with a content writer though it would be good to find more options.
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Parenthetical commas

Parenthetical/nonessential/non-restrictive commas are proving to be the bain of my life atm. My first question is whether they are all names relating to the same idea? Non-restrictive modifiers, for ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

We had our nails done at a salon and afterwards we went to a cafe, where Julie had an indulgent hot chocolate and I had a pot of tea. Please explain your answer. Thanks.
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Comma usage: In virtue of what[,] is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful?

Compare: (1) In virtue of what is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful? (2) In virtue of what, is any sequence of marks or noises meaningful? Is this an appropriate use of a comma in (2)? I ...
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Oxford comma before “or”?

Is the Oxford comma restricted to the use of "and"? Or can/should it be also applied in sentences with "or"? I would choose physics, mathematics or biology. I would choose physics, ...
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Comma usage with compound sentences

Rule 101 of compound sentences is that a coordinate conjunction must be accompanied by a comma most of the time when joining independent clauses, yet I stumble across sentences all that time that seem ...
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Should the beginner's program read “Hello, World”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where should the comma be placed in the salutation of a letter? I was thinking today about comma usage and the typical first output for a beginning programmer. In the ...
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Whether to use a comma or not

I have been looking at many company description and I found the following two usages a) We sell a diverse range of products from books to toys. b) We sell a diverse range of products, from ...
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Comma Placement: “From x to y and z”

While writing an essay the other day, I was curious about how to correctly phrase a sentence such as the one below: "From dogs, to cats and fish, owning a pet can allow for a multitude of mental, ...
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Does “Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely” sound right?

Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely. This is a sentence structure that is very frequently used. But there are two clauses that are connected only by a comma that does not serve as ...
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Should I use comma or colon?

What punctuation is preferable in the sentence below? Complex sentences have two clauses, one main (or independent) and one subordinate (or dependent). Complex sentences have two clauses: ...
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What commas rule is used here?

I have a question regarding how the rules of commas apply in a particular sentence. I cannot seem to work out what rules go with the following excerpt: The desert savanna of the Neolithic Period, ...
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When are commas not necessary in a list?

Can somebody please help me by explaining or providing a reference which explains the punctuation in the following sentences. We prefer no article when we are thinking about unlimited numbers or ...
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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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Bold type and commas

This is a bold statement, but this is normal. The first clause is written in bold. Should the comma be bold or not?
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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?