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

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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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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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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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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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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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Any exception with commas before and after “for example”?

I know that usually there should be a comma after "for example" and "for instance" but in the following sentences the commas would seem odd, wouldn't they? While it is common practice to do ...
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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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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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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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Is there a comma before the word until in the sentence below?

In this sentence: They are not taking their team photograph until Friday at 7:30. On my son’s punctuation test, he did not use a comma after photograph, and his teacher marked this “missing” ...
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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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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

This is my first question on this stack exchange. I'm hoping this kind of question is welcome here, and excuse my ignorance, but my confusion evident below is exactly why I am a Software Engineer ...
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Omitting commas in brief statements

In a brief exhortation followed by the name of a sports team, such as "Let's go, Dodgers!" or "Go, Phillies!" is it ever appropriate to omit the comma?
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When should an adjective be followed by a comma?

This happened whenever she was left alone in someone else's home. She'd feel as if she had been put inside a huge, abandoned turtle shell. I don't know why, but I just put a comma in the ...
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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 “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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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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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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Using a comma after “that”

I would like to know if you can use "that" with a comma after it. For example: Findings show that, during the initial stages of love, there is increased blood flow to the brain.
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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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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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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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Does this sentence need an additional comma? [closed]

Does this sentence need an additional comma before the "I"?... As an award winning Producer, Director, Videographer and Video Editor I will manage and produce your next video project.
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Comma after conjunction [closed]

Is it necessary that comma should come after every conjunction? For example She ate apple and, banana in breakfast .
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Comma usage: “In July of 2012 …” or “In July of 2012, …”

Consider the following sentence: In July of 2012 Jesse informed us that she was engaged to be married and asked if she could add her fiancée to the lease, beginning the 15th of August 2012. ...
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Comma use dividing two lists in one sentence

How do I properly punctuate this sentence: "Prepared, packaged, and priced beef, pork, chicken, and seafood." I am trying to say that I did those three actions to those four kinds of meat, but I am ...
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Should a serial comma be used when mimicking Victorian-era British text?

I am editing a manuscript that mimics the style of late 19th-century British writing. To what extent were serial commas used during this time period?
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Comma after or before “parenthetic” and?

After showing me the house, Nana led us to the living room, and with Mongai's Take Me Somewhere Nice playing on in the background, we started on the Scotch we'd bought at the 7-Eleven. The dim ...
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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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Comma or no comma before “only”?

Sample phrase: Use the item for those purposes, only. vs. Use the item for those purposes only.
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Can someone please fix the grammar and punctuation in this sentence? [closed]

Is this grammatically correct? After multiple scientific experimentations, I can safely conclude my hypothesis: ice cream DOES taste better after 1am.
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How should I use commas in the middle of compound sentences? [closed]

How do you punctuate the following sentence? The introduction of a low cost Hartford Cycle line had staved off the competition for a number of years, but, by 1897, with 700 competitors in the ...
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General Party Secretary of the CCP, Xi Jinping, called for the revival of the Chinese spirit

General Party Secretary of the CCP, Xi Jinping, called for the revival of the Chinese spirit. I think it's ungrammatical, and the is required before general, or the commas must be omitted. Do ...
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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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Punctuation of this: Their movements, quick and effortless; mine, lumbering and heavy

I'm not sure how to punctuate this: Their movements, quick and effortless; mine, lumbering and heavy. Maybe I got it right. Any thoughts?
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Using dashes vs. commas in business communications

Having settled into a new job in communications, I am faced with the issue of em dashes. Since I am quite partial to commas but my boss is more partial to em dashes, I can't help but wonder whether ...
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Last I checked, we put commas after appositive phrases

The Official SAT Study Guide, Second Edition's second practice test's writing section contains the following question, with the objective to choose the answer that is most correct. Through his ...
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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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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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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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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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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.