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

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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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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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If “whenever possible” is in the middle of a sentence, does it need to be preceded by a comma?

The sentence in question is "We believe that the best way to think about the mentor-mentee relationship is to remember that whenever possible, all adults in a child's life should act as a team.  It ...
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Parentheses vs. commas vs. hyphen or dash in a list of people

In a list of people published in a bulletin, which is correct? We continue in prayer for: Amy B.(cancer), T. Jones(nephew of Tim), Lillie (on the death of her brother), Sally(Nursing Home), ...
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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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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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Does this sentence contain an introductory clause? [closed]

I could do this myself, but I suggest you follow the manual. In the above sentence, does "I could do this myself" count as an introductory clause? Or does the conjunction modify it? Also, is it ...
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Do these sentences contain comma splices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a comma splice? My girlfriend wants me to correct her fan-fiction, and to me it looks fine stylistically, but I wonder if some of the sentences are technically ...
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Correctly using a semicolon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one correctly use a semicolon? I was wondering if the following was the correct usage of a semicolon or if a comma is more apt for this use. Well, have we ...
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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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Is “With [noun], [subject] [verb]” acceptable instead of “[subject] [verb] with [noun]”?

As an example, is "With grace, she danced." instead of "She danced with grace" proper? It seems to me that "with grace" is an adverb phrase, similar to "gracefully", so it should be able to be used in ...
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Syntax analysis of the sentence

I'm trying to analyse the following sentence. To understand the importance of this event you should know all the facts. It seems to me that this sentence is complex, and «To understand ...
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Do you use a comma after an exclamation inside quotes?

Mary listens to Joe say, "Hello!", and then he leaves.
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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 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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Punctuation after the interjection “by heaven” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exclamation marks in the middle of a sentence How would you punctuate the following phrase with "by heaven"? It was used by a cricket commentator. By heaven ...
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Comma before quote marks around article title?

I'm thinking about making a headline. I know you would use a comma here: Professor Bill Bick then told me, "There will be more jobs when the economy recovers." What about here? Read ...
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Should there be a comma in “The heading reads, 'a chart heading.'”?

I have a sentence along the lines of The heading reads, "a chart heading." The comma seems a bit awkward to me, but I cannot seem to find any explicit guidance in the Chicago Manual of Style on ...
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Should “at most four” have commas?

I think it is natural to say the following: Every planar graph can be colored using at most four colors. However, an editor told me to add commas, as follows: Every planar graph can be ...
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Do you separate an imperative after a conjunction by a comma?

I want you to go and ask him the price, but don't tell him I sent you. Is this a main clause followed by a coordinating clause (imperative)? Pour the vodka into the glass, and add orange ...
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As fast as Or As fast

He is as clever if not cleverer than his brother. Ranjeet is as fast as or perhaps faster than Rohit. Are both these sentences correct? As per Wren And Martin High School English Grammar ...
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Roles of commas [closed]

I couldn't understand the role of the commas in the following sentence. While many of his people starve, they write, Mr. Kim “is such a connoisseur that, according to his former chef, every grain ...
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Comma in “The key objective is X, with the broader goal of Y”

The key objective of the declaration is to create guidelines, with the broader goal of facilitating international mobility of students. Are there any rules that govern the placement or ...
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Comma with 'who' in this specific sentence

Can you shed light into this? The coach came to the defence of the player who has been sacked from the team following his differences with the captain. OR The coach came to the defence of the ...
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Comma before “and that” in a compound object

You should have known that he is quite adept at what he does and that he has the best conversion rate. You should have known that he is quite adept at what he does, and that he has the best ...
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Is the phrase “combined with” or “coupled with” a nonessential phrase?

Is the phrase "combined with" or "coupled with" a nonessential phrase? For example": Her neat work combined with her pleasant nature makes her a pleasure to teach. Should it be "Her neat work [comma] ...
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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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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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Comma in “Don't you wish your girlfriend was grammatically correct like me?”

I saw this: "Don't you wish your girlfriend was grammatically correct like me?" I'm wondering should it be: "Don't you wish your girlfriend was grammatically correct​, like me?"
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Does the comma here draw special attention to an additional fact?

In the latest issue of The Economist there is the following sentence:- "And in China, unlike India, you can shop at Walmart, most of the time." Firstly, shouldn't it be "...unlike in India? Else it ...
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Verbs in a list separated by commas

I'm not talking about the basic items in a list (e.g. X, Y and Z), but a list of clauses (I think). Example: I am interested in things like going to this place, going to that place, eating food, and ...
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Is it right to use comma before “here”?

Members of parliament can criticize other members, here. Note the comma after members and before here. In this particular case, is it okay? Or should the comma not be there?
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“Please” and comma [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In what cases should I use a comma after “please”? Do I have to use comma after "please" in the beginning of the sentence? E.g. "Please, specify the ...
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Enumerations and conjunctions “and” and “or” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? How do I know if I need to add a comma or not before a conjunction preceding the last item in an enumeration? For ...
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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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How do I deal with quotation marks, parenthesis and period all at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does the period go when using parentheses? I have never seen this particular issue addressed; I looked around and couldn't see anything that specifically addresses ...
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Comma placement: “Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory.”

Will someone please tell me where commas should go in the following sentence: Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory.
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Do I need a comma after “when in (%time)”?

The company had just started to make money when in 1914 the World War put an end to its aspirations. OR: The company had just started to make money when in 1914, the World War put an end to ...
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Too many commas in Harry Potter

The Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone starts with the line - "Mr and Mrs Dursely, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. " Hasn't J.k. ...
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“Especially” and commas

I'm curious about the correct usage of commas in the following sentence: "Secondary electron emission from metallic and especially dielectric surfaces is a fundamental process of great technological ...
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lengthy sentences/second subordinate clause

To further drown him in statistics, amongst all the bowlers who bowled in more than 5 innings away from home in the last 1 year of ODI cricket, Ashwin has the second-worst bowling average after ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I punctuate the phrase “final final exam”?

What is the correct punctuation for a final "final exam" that has been taken? Should the sentence read: 'That my was my final, final exam!' or 'That was my final final exam!'
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Should a comma be here or not?

In that eternal moment it sounded like thunder, reminding him that today time isn't on his side. versus In that eternal moment it sounded like thunder, reminding him that today, time isn't on ...
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Where should I put the commas in a sentence containing “as well as”?

What is the proper way to punctuate a sentence containing "as well as"? For example, in the sentence: I hope to provide students with a solid foundation in the field as well as challenge them ...
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Usage of commas with 'if anything'.

I've written: (1) Taking action on climate change, is, if anything, the opposite of nimbyism. But there are other ways I could have written the exact same words, in regards to punctuation: ...
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How to write a bulleted list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Question about Capitalization for a Bullet List Periods for bullet point items Should each item be in uppercase or not? I've seen both forms: Yada, yada, yada, ...