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

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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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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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Why is there — and should there be — a comma following a state or country's name?

This Capital Community College document best describes my dilemma: “When both a city's name and that city's state or country's name are mentioned together, the state or country's name is treated as a ...
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Appositives and use of comma

Is it correct to offset the name below by commas? The former Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, believes he is capable of winning the championship again within the next five years.
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How to Punctuate Two Quoted Independent Clauses Within a Declarative Sentence

I'm wondering the best way to punctuate and/or format this sentence, especially the part concerning subjunctive case, in which two examples are put in quotes: In this book, I kept finding irregular ...
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Use the comma, or not?

In a flyer, should the following comma stay — or be omitted? Call, or e-mail for more information.
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Quoting a paper written in a different style

In a paper I am quoting a block of text that contains the phrase "The author however does not believe ..." The copyeditor of my paper inserted comma before and after "however" as this is the journal's ...
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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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Use of semicolon between dependent clause and compound subject

Is is appropriate to use a semicolon in order to avoid comma ambiguity in sentences like the following? When they returned from the zoo; Charles, James, and Jane looked for new locations to visit. ...
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Ellipsis after a comma

I want to use an ellipsis to indicate a sentence is being interrupted. That point of interruption happens to be right after an appositive which has commas around it. Does the second comma get omitted ...
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Comma after a coordinating conjunction preceding a parenthetical at the start of the sentence

Although similar questions have been asked before, I am still not clear as to official or, at the very least, preferred position from punctuation rules point of view on comma after coordinating ...
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Missing words after commas in these sentences? [closed]

In the following sentence, why did the author use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. ...
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Why is comma used here?

It's a sentence from Bartleby, the Scrivener. He lives, then, on ginger-nuts...he must be a vegetarian then; but no; he never eats even vegetables, he eats nothing but ginger-nuts. What I ...
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Using 'such as' or a list mid list in academic writing

How do I add additional information to an item within a list without making it seem unclear? The cars in the lot were bright colours such as red, many models such as Ford and Toyota, and missing ...
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Commas for parenthetical info when against technicality and ambiguity

I write the following sentence as follows: "The lady spent a few seconds gently patting the two chocobos at the coach, a popular species of avian bred throughout the country". Where does one draw the ...
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Comma usage (ex. His sister, Anne, was not feeling well.) [duplicate]

I would just like to clarify if in this kind of sentence, where you state the name of a person, are commas always needed to offset Anne? His sister, Anne, was not feeling well. Or is it ...
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Comma preceding “but”

Consider this sentence: "Hamlet is presented with the opportunity to kill Claudius when he sees him in the chapel BUT decides against it." My question is, should I insert a comma before the "but?"
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Comma before which

I'm not sure which of the following sentences is correct. Is the comma mandatory, optional or unnecessary? I've googled a bit about this topic, but I got confused. Our mapping contains 2000 words, ...
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Should there be a comma before because in this sentence?

Acting DA Madeline Singas loves having Mega around and said that everyone looks at her like another employee, because of the immense impact she has on everyone she encounters. Thnaks
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If you want to have a series within an opening dependent clause, how should it be punctuated?

Perhaps it is because of my computer programming background, but it seems to me that there should be no internal commas in opening dependent clauses. The following sentence is a relatively simple ...
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comma to set off two verbs/phrases with different prepositions

If I write a sentence that makes use of two verbs each relying on a different preposition, is it advisable to add commas to structure the sentence and to guide the reader, or is it not necessary (or ...
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Hello [Comma?] John,

I have a follow up question to this question: Should you use a comma/period after "Thanks"/"Regards" in email signatures? My question is: when should you add a comma when starting ...
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Comma before where when the clause is at the end of the sentence

Please tell me if I should place a comma before the word where in the two sentences below. I would like to work for you since I’m interested in working in a leading international school with ...
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Can this sentence be correct grammatically? [closed]

Here is the sentence: Are we suddenly see a dozen or more sailing in the clear blue sky? I have a bet with an editor that this sentence has a mistake, and it cant't be correct in this writing. I ...
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Conditional sentences. Punctuation in the main clause which is a compound sentence

If event A happens, event B will happen, and event C might happen. Do I need to put a comma before "and?"
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Is a comma required between adjectives repeated for emphasis?

When repeating an adjective for emphasis, is a comma required between both words? ... somewhere far, far away ... ... a cold, cold day ... The spell checker on MS Word complains if there ...
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Are commas and dashes truly interchangeable?

My English teacher told me that "dashes and commas are interchangeable". For instance, "My friend, Alex, ran to the store." and, "My friend–Alex–ran to the store." are both grammatically ...
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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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Where, if anywhere, do commas belong in a “not only… but” sentence in which the “but” clause appears in mid-sentence?

I tried to find this rule explicitly on several grammar sites, but did not find it. A "not only" sentence does not normally need a comma as the "not only" and "but also" are correlative pairs. So ...
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Writing a list with different levels of importance [closed]

The following sentence has a list with three levels of importance with each level having a list of items. Common carbonate minerals, mainly calcite and dolomite, to a lesser extent ankerite, and in ...
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Comma before a conjunction that precedes an infinitive phrase?

I understand that a comma is used before "and" when the conjunction precedes an independent clause; however, I'm curious if the same rule applies when it precedes an infinitive phrase: "It was my job ...
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Punctuation of the phrase “in this regard” [closed]

Should there be a comma after the phrase "in this regard", when the phrase is used in the beginning of a sentence? Eg: In this regard it is submitted that the assessment took place before the ...
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What is a correct punctuation for a sentence starting with “One more thing”?

In the following sentence what would be the correct punctuation One more thing don't tell anyone about our conversation. Should "One more thing" be separated by comma, dash or colon? Or perhaps ...
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How to punctuate lists that are nested to three levels?

A basic list is punctuated like this: The park has some bears, deers, and other animals. (bears) (deers) (other animals) When commas appear inside the items of a list, or when lists appear ...
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Punctuation for a list of names in the middle of a sentence

Under the direction of General Manager, Rian Wagner, a motivated project team, including: Edison Ven, Gary Bon, Justin Bembi, Marco Conch, Leo Bold and Richard Trolo, led the effort to bring the ...
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If you're starting a sentence with “and” or another conjunction, must you follow the conjunction with a comma?

When I was a kid, I was always told that starting a sentence off with "and" was improper. However, now it seems as if the consensus amongst members of the English cartel is that it is totally ...
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Is it OK to omit 'that' after 'however, in the middle of a sentence?

I know it is generally okay to omit 'that' which introduces a sentence, but I am not sure if it is OK to omit 'that' right after 'however' which is put in the middle of a sentence as follows. I ...
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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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how do I punctuate this sentence? [closed]

Should this discussion result in a definite need for additional funding I will submit a request for additional dollars at that time.
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Replacing “and” with comma

EB size and structure is known to influence differentiation potential, and the microwell system provides a robust, efficient method of producing EBs of any size or shape. I've seen many sentences ...
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Including a comma at the end of a list before a dependent clause [duplicate]

I have this sentence on my resume: Develop the front-end of a platform using HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap to connect people and systems Is there a comma after Bootstrap? I wanted to elaborate on the ...
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Commas and Qualifying Phrases

I had just asked a comma-related question and, having received an answer, now realize I was asking the wrong question. So, please review the following sentence, arbitrarily taken from Bachelard's The ...
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Conjunctive adverbs preceded by conjunctions

I've been under the impression that conjunctive adverbs needn't be preceded by a full-ish stop (e.g., a period or semicolon). I don't know where I got that idea, and consequently, as a lover of ...
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punctuation after the word say [duplicate]

How do I punctuate the following sentence in parentheses: (Just stand up and say cancel that.) Do I need to put the "cancel that" in quotes and a comma after say and a capital "C"? It is an ...
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Semicolon or comma? [duplicate]

We are planning on having a staff meeting tomorrow**;** Friday, June 5th 11am-12 noon in our conference room. Semi colon, or comma?
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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 ...
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Comma or no comma before the and? [closed]

Force answers force, war breeds war, and death only brings death.
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Compound-Complex Comma Usage

I couldn't find this question on here, and I've tried scouring the Internet, but to no avail. It's quite possible I'm just not searching with the appropriate keywords. The question is regarding comma ...
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“), or ,”) in the middle of a sentence? [duplicate]

I think commas are typically placed after closed parentheses and within quotation marks. This creates a dilemma when all three are used together. Example one: You may like snelms (or "snail helms,") ...