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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Too many “and”s? Is it grammatically correct?

A friend of mine (a non-native speaker of English) has asked me to check her CV and I'm afraid / ashamed to say, I'm having trouble. Are there too many "and"s in the given sentence? It seems OK to ...
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Can “both” be used in this way as an appositive?

Although not a preferred style, in the following example, is it incorrect to treat "both" as an appositive, and therefore to insert commas around it? Thank you, both, for helping.
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Should enclosing commas be treated as parentheses?

I just read the following in Dan Ariely's book Predictably Irrational, [...] Zoe, and the other kids to whom I offered the same deal, was completely blinded by [...] p. 57 To me it would have ...
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Comma after a long introductory phrase

Please help me with commas in the following sentence: As an example of the successful use of such a model [,] one can mention SymPy computer algebra system [,] which uses Python as a main user ...
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Comma with explanatory insertions?

I wonder if there should be commas in this sentence: Method A translates votes into seats such that, for each constituency, fixed seat-contingents are met. Method A translates votes into seats such ...
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Punctuation and word choice in one particular sentence

I'm wondering, what is the correct punctuation in this sentence: In OOP, each object contains data and a set of methods, which operate on the data. I read the rules about restrictive and ...
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Punctuation or perhaps more [closed]

Does the punctuation in the following sentence make sense? John is popular among clients, as well as the management who have been very pleased with his work.
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Do these adjectives refer to ice?

In this sentence from Wuthering Heights I declined joining their breakfast, and, at the first gleam of dawn, took an opportunity of escaping into the free air, now clear, and still, and cold ...
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The difference between using a comma or a full stop

What's the difference between "I see, I see" and "I see. I see"? Can one use a comma in between? The first sentence could be used in formal writing, right? What about this one: "My house, my rules" ...
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Is there a comma after “As of today”?

As of today(?) I'm a student of a prestigious university. Should there be a comma after "As of today"?
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The usage of quotation marks

I'm discussing and comparing two books and I want to know if I'm using quotation marks correctly: Both books are known for being existential and the reader is bombarded with questions throughout ...
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How do you punctuate around parentheses?

Which of these punctuation examples is more correct? On December 7, 1941, ("a date which will live in infamy") Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 ("a date which will live in ...
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Are semicolons mandatory in a non-bulleted list after a colon?

Are semicolons required (rather than commas) in a list after a colon when the list is not bulleted? I was told that it was a rule, but I can find no authoritative prescriptive source. Consider the ...
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I've seen this kind of sentence before, but don't recall the correct punctuation separating the two clauses. Help?

I had lived most of my life suffering from panic attacks, of being afraid of everything for absolutely no reason at all. It's a kind of stylized sentence. The second half is saying the same ...
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Comma in “Before I go I will return the book” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I use the comma? Before I go I will return the book. Do we have to use a comma in the above sentence?
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'and to' quagmire

Consider: Her goal is to pioneer the idea of gardening in small or urban environments, and to inspire and educate people everywhere to grow their own organic food and live sustainably. The comma ...
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Usage of “even if” [closed]

Could you please suggest me the usage of "even if" in the English sentence? For example, is the following statement correct grammatically? Even if this approach scale for a large number of ...
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Grammar nuances of the following sentence

My lovely idea. Does this sentence express the idea belonging to me or just the fact that I love the idea (which is not necessary mine)? I think this exact phrasing and grammar only expresses me ...
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Where shall I put the comma in this sentence?

I'm not sure whether I should write like this: Try A or, a more famous one, B. Or like this Try A, or a more famous one, B. Or try other forms to avoid expression like this. Does anyone ...
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Punctuation immediately after a question mark in a quote? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? Comma placement when using quotes that end with a question mark Say you're quoting someone with a requirement for a punctuation, ...
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Which type of comma is used here?

I was reading a book called "The Penguin Guide to Punctuation" by R. L. Trask. It seems that the book doesn't explain all the uses of comma. It says "There are four uses of the comma, called the ...
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“A, B, C, or etc.” vs. “A, B, or C, etc.” vs. “A, B, C, etc.”

I think correct usages of "and" and "etc." are: A, B, C, and etc. A, B, and etc. But the example usage of "or" and "etc." I found in my dictionary is: A or B, etc. Why it is not: A, ...
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Should there be a comma before ‘and’ with respect to different nouns? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? What is the difference between tomato puree, paste, and sauce? OR What is the difference between tomato ...
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When to use commas (if at all) with subordinate clauses? [closed]

I'm finding conflicting guidelines about the use of commas with subordinate clauses. What are the rules? Also, which of the following is correct, and why? Some of what Mike did needs to be ...
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Comma or Semicolon

I'm wondering if the comma placed after event is being used appropriately or if it should be replaced with a semicolon. This is part of a resume so I am trying to keep this information to one ...
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Punctuation after “I couldn't help but to think” introducing a quote — colon or comma? [closed]

I couldn’t help but to think: “Is this really what the meaning of success has become?” and to make matters even worse, this idea was just spread to the thousands of viewers. Is the colon ...
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Using a comma in a sentence with multiple “and”s

The sentence I'm having trouble with is: Track monetary and material donations and compose gift acknowledgement letters. I am trying to express that I keep track of both monetary and material ...
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Use of comma after “and” in “obsolete and, frankly pathetic”

Is the comma after the word and in this sentence correct? Social networks made having friends obsolete and, frankly pathetic.
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Comma placement in “I, too”

Which of the following is correct? I, too, have seen that movie. or: I too, have seen that movie. The former seems correct to me from examining the inflection with which I would say it, ...
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Contexts where a comma means “and”

A comma is commonly used as a short form of the word and in newspaper headlines. In what other contexts is this convention common? This question came to mind as I was trying to parse the following ...
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Should the title of a short story have a comma after it if it is the subject of a sentence?

A friend of mine was asking me this question. She used the following sentence in her essay for her English class: "Harrison Bergeron" is a laughable read. However, her English professor marked this ...
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Use of a comma after “during” at the beginning of a sentence [closed]

What is the rule regarding the use of a comma when the word "during" appears at the beginning of a sentence? During church the child whimpered incessantly. During church, the child ...
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Is “at least” a parenthetical expression requiring commas?

Is this sentence punctuated correctly with no commas surrounding "at least," or does it need them? Why or why not? Adverbial phrase? Essential or nonessential? I have been looking at it too long and ...
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Breaking comma rules to emphasize a pause in a character quote or elsewhere

My wife is writing a book, and just got a draft back from an editor. The editor noted extra commas in numerous sentences like this: He looked at her closely, but all she said was, "I am truly ...
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“It is, a done deed” [closed]

Comment on imgur: Actually that's an appropriate use, comma used for the purpose of producing a short pause to add emphasis to what follows. Is the comma in it is, a done deed correctly used?
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Comma use in “I am passionate about X, whether it be …”

I have trouble telling when I’m overusing commas. My question is if the comma between undertake and whether is needed: I am passionate about the quality of work I undertake, whether it be school ...
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Can a comma be used here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? In the following example, should there be a comma? John has a car, and a motorbike. John has a car and a ...
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Should I use a comma in written instructions?

I'm writing a technical user guide for a piece of software and am not sure whether I should be using a comma or not when giving instructions. Which of the following is correct? To add a new item ...
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Usage of comma before “and” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? Which is correct? Three attributes are considered in this talk: response time, availability, and throughput. ...
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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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Does inserting a comma change what is modified?

My question pertains to the usage of comma after a list of clauses of the form "X, Y, and Z (,) to/in order to <do something>" Example: Apply Equation 1, use Lemma 2, and exploit Theorem ...