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 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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Placing comma in a sentence

I knew he was going to be there, and sure enough, he was there. In this sentence, can I place comma before "sure enough" like this: I knew he was going to be there, and, sure enough, he was ...
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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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Comma usage and maintain succinctness

I have started my book with the words "The day I was born, Granny died." On reading all the comma rules this doesn't seem quite right. Should the comma be replaced by a semicolon? I wanted the first ...
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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 usage - Comma before “and whose”

I'm kind of confused as to how I should punctuate the following sentence: A land as old as time and whose history defies any simple description. The author added a comma before "and", but i'm ...
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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? [on hold]

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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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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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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Should I place a comma or “and” between the adjectives “frequent” & “new”?

I have a phrase "Frequent Automatic Renewals". Must there be a comma, or should I separate them with an "and"?
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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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Using “which” without a comma

Though a frequent visitor, I am a new poster to this community (and stack exchange in general) so be nice :). This is a follow up from this discussion. I am a patent attorney and some standard ...
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Grammatically, comma or period after “no problem”, “sure”, “okay” and the like

Grammatically, do we put a comma or period after the words like "no problem", "sure", "okay" and the like when responding to a request, or there is no grammatical rule and this purely a style ...
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Comma or colon after a word like “Remember” followed by a sentence addressed directly to reader?

In these sentences: Take the time to buckle your seatbelt. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. Should Remember be followed by a comma or a colon?
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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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Correct form and use of comma?

Made changes to a translated bit of text (the start of a ridiculously long jumble that looks as though it was done by a half-blind, half-senile elderly man pulled into a hurricane crossing over an ...
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Comma before a participial phrase

I have two cases. a) He sent me a letter written in English. b) I was given a cup made in China from my friend. I personally think sentence (a) should be non-restrictive since there is only ...
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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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placement of descriptive clause in the sentence?

S1. X can be done to handle the unsavory practice by Y, which limits growth. S2. X can be done to handle the unsavory practice, which limits growth, by Y. In this sentence the descriptive ...
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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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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 before “then”

I just wrote the sentence below in an email and then doubted why I was putting a comma before each of the occurrences of "then". To my inner ear, it seems natural to signal a pause in my if/then ...
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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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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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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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Comma usage for a tattoo [closed]

I want to get a tattoo of the phrase "Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars." I'm not sure if that is correct. I see it online with and without commas. Would anyone ...
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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 ...