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

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Is a comma necessary after an introductory but a main-clause-dependent element?

Very often, I find commas placed after introductory phrases that actually strongly affect the meaning of the main clause and would not be marked with commas in a complex sentence. For example, commas ...
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Usage of commas and colon in sentence containing lists, and additional clauses

I've used this site to my benefit in the past, and now I have my own question. I have looked through some of the answers (although I admit not every one as I am short on time) and cannot find what I ...
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Should one enclose variable names in commata?

In scientific writing, when should one enclose variable names in commas? Take the following example sentences: 1a) "For a set of pixels S, two pixels p and q from S are said to be connected if there ...
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Comma usage in compound sentence with adverb phrase

Is the following punctuated correctly? A. There is a bird that chirps outside my window, and, every morning during the spring, it wakes me before my alarm goes off. I am wondering if the adverb ...
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Some Sentence and Comma [on hold]

Whatever the degree of integration, teaching autistic children effectively will require more funding, to train both specialist and mainstream teachers. Why do we need comma after "funding" and ...
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3 punctuation marks in a row? Question mark, comma, quotation marks [on hold]

If you say to someone out of the blue "Have you ever thought about the meaning of life?," "The universe is full of mysteries," "We should stop worrying and live everyday to the fullest," or other such ...
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How to use comma with the word “Regardless”

Just wondering if there is any hard and fast rule for using comma with the word regardless. let us consider some example. 1. They get the annual check regardless of what they do. 2. He was, by nature, ...
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Where to put my comma? [on hold]

I don't remember where to put my commas in this instance. "The financial statement shows that I am a joint owner of the VISA, and therefore, am liable for repayment." or "The financial statement ...
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Do we use a comma before 'i.e'?

In another answer I read, in two examples, the comma was used once and wasn't used the other time. Is it a personal choice or do we have to follow a fixed rule?
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Appropriate comma usage when demonstrating two different words that describe something

I'm writing a research paper on the Quakers, a religious group that arose in the 1600's. Anyways, I was writing a sentence and I can't figure out the correct comma usage: The “Inward Light” was ...
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Comma after an object

Can you, please, consult me. Do we need a comma before a verb in sentences like this? On the left menu item, select the needed device group.
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Grammar rules governing a phrase from the US Constitution:

The U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 5 reads No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall ...
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Help with comma after coordinating conjunction

When a comma and a coordinating conjunctions are used, both sides of the comma should be independent clauses. However, I have seen many examples in reputable sources where this is not the case. Is ...
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Is the correct format “Good morning, John” or “Good morning John”? [closed]

Which of these is in the correct format? Good morning, John. Or Good morning John.
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I'm not entirely sure of my placement of commas

I just have a quick question. I'm having some difficulty determining whether or not the comma use in the following sentence is correct. "The essential destruction of the human species, and the state ...
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Comma use in an intermediate sentence

Should I use a comma before and after "it seems" in the following sentence? "The reason to the financial crisis, it seems, is the greediness of bankers."
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Single Comma—how's it being used?

How is the comma being used in this sentence: "But we are not principally concerned here with sentence construction, rather with finding out what makes a proper sentence so that we know where ...
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Using a comma to seperate these clauses? [closed]

English is my second language. A co-worker who edits my work wrote the following two phrases: This way, workers can install the guardrail for the next level from a lower platform eliminating the ...
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Use of Comma in English

I want to know the correct use of comma in below sentence... What I want to say: Two apples>> I do not want to specify where I got from Two pears>> they were picked from my garden Sentence1: "I ...
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Parentheses: period and comma placement [duplicate]

This is a sentence (with parentheses). This is a sentence (with parentheses.) This is a sentence. (with parentheses) Which example is correct? Does this apply to commas as well, or any other ...
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Use of punctuation of “First,…”

I am uncertain if and how to punctuate if I use only one sentence for the following idea: We conducted two varieties of an experiment. First, we left used method A. Second, we used method B. Can ...
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Do I need a comma after the “or”s? [closed]

It shall not be published in any document or broadcasted or transmitted in any way.
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Does omitting the coordinating conjunction in a parallelism merit a semicolon? (not only, but also)

Which is correct? "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market; it created it." or "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market, it created it." I understand ...
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Need a comma before an adverb as last word in sentence?

When an adverb is the last word in a sentence, is it preferable to insert a comma before that word or to leave it as is (with no comma)? For example: How many employees, roughly? or How many ...
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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 usage with one subject, multiple verbs, and multiple objects

Just got a writing job, part of which involves editing. There's a pretty specific type of sentence that's coming up a lot, and I'm not sure if a comma is required or not. The sentences look like ...
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I need help with comma with conjunction [duplicate]

Should there be a comma before "and" in the sentence below? The reason why I ask is because I think that the sentence below has committed a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. Can someone ...
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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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Comma usage and properly identifying clauses in sentence

I cannot figure out whether or not I need a comma between the word "cigarettes" and "according" in the following sentence: More college students are using marijuana daily than smoking cigarettes ...
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Comma use in sentence that includes enumeration

Which sentence is correct, i.e., do I need a comma? I will introduce the topics A, B, and C. OR I will introduce the topics, A, B, and C.
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With a direct quote—placement of a comma separating dependent and independent clauses: inside the close quotation mark or after the citation?

I have been looking for the answer to this for some time. I get close, but never find the exact answer (or question for that matter). In the following sentence, should the comma fall after ...
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Punctuation before and within an adverb clause

I have a sentence which includes two independent elements connected by 'and' within an adverb clause. Do I still place a comma before the and? Ex: Jett's dad died when he was seven and his little ...
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“I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to.”: placing a comma before “if I am able to”?

Taken from #6 here is the sentence "I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to." I am wondering if there should be a comma before "if I am able to", or if ...
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When should 'viz.' be followed by a comma?

Some Latin abbreviations as 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' are always followed by a comma. For the Latin abbreviation 'viz.', sometimes it is followed by a comma, sometimes it is not. What is the rule for ...
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Can 'or' have a comma before it if it starts a dependent clause?

For example, is All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone, or in this case, be pushed out of it. or All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone or in this case, be pushed out of ...
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AE/Scientific language: When to use a comma before “which”

I'm struggling with the question whether to put a comma before "which" in many instances. While the general rule is "if the content after which is necessary to understand the rest of the sentence, put ...
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Comma before “with”?

I'm watching Batman with Sara. or I'm watching Batman, with Sara. Sara = my friend, not an actress. Which is correct?
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When does a comma change the meaning of a sentence?

Match the two sentences with their meaning: 1) I had a discussion with a friend and a programmer. 2) I had a discussion with a friend, and a programmer. Meanings: a) I talked to a ...
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Is there a name for the technique of changing the meaning of a word using a comma?

A reader inquired about the name of the effect that I used to illustrate the meaning in the sentence below: Doing nothing repetitively is doing nothing, repetitively. Is there a name for the way ...
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Incorrect comma usage

If both predicates pertain to the same subject, do I need to use an 'and' to separate them? Example: Mrs. Hayes takes her son by the arm, tries to pull him from us, but Elijah pries his bicep from ...
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“along with the rest of us” at the end of a sentence

Considering this sentence: They will have to adapt to it along with the rest of us. ... I feel like I want to insert a comma before "along" for emphasis. However, I think it's formally incorrect, ...
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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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Please Help Me Punctuate This Sentence Correctly [closed]

I'm particularly interested in getting the punctuation correct, and I'd like to keep it all in one sentence. Thanks! Here's the sentence: It allows you to test on multiple browsers, and clicking ...
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Can I put a comma before as well?

Can a comma be placed before as well? People aren’t just struggling with the snow near their homes, it’s affecting their daily travels as well.
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The correct usage of commas when writing about your location [closed]

I live in London, England but we can work blah blah blah I live in London, England, but we can work blah blah blah Which is correct?
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Help on an ACT English Question

While taking a practice ACT test, I came across a confusing grammar problem. The sentences given in the passage are as follows: "Many people believe that language is the domain of human beings. ...
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Should I put a comma after a state before a country?

Example: Sacramento, CA, USA I am certain about the comma after the city before the state but what about between the state and the country?
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Comma or semi colon before “always” [closed]

Should I use a comma or a semicolon before always? For example, I consider my family to be a happy and caring one; always finding the time to share special moments together. or I consider ...
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Comma or semicolon after an independent clause ending in 'though'

In this sentence: The exterior of the building wasn't what made it special, though, it was the people inside. should the second comma be a semicolon, or is it correct just the way it is?
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Commas with multiple prepositional (adverbial) phrases at the end of the sentence on the ground of restrictive/non-restrictive modifier

Do we put commas between 2 or more prepositional phrases that immediately follow each other at the end of the main clause if all of them modify/restrict the main predicate differently (e.g. one ...