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/comma-splice in “inexpensive, but effective, resources”?

"inexpensive, but effective, resources" Is comma needed in the above? It is clear, X destroys homes, businesses. Can comma splices be used instead of "that" and "and" in above?
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Can you end a multi-sentence quotation with a comma?

This is correct: "Rats," he said. But this looks wrong to me: "I left the oven on. Rats," he said. I can't find any rules about whether you can end a quotation with a comma when there are periods ...
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Differentiating comma/period use in mid-dialogue

Best shown by example: (From Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle) "But I still felt bad," she went on. "So I dragged myself all the way to your house later--like an idiot. "Don't worry," I ...
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Is word always correct in suggesting either a comma before which or else using that?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine suggests before the use of which that a comma be placed or alternatively, to replace it with that and not use a comma. Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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Can I place a comma before and after a possessive noun?

Should I put a comma before and after "Luke's"? Thank you for considering us for your cat Luke’s grooming needs.
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Is a comma required before an interjected “well”?

A picture shared on Instagram (original source unknown) contains the following grammar joke: “Well done, well-done, or well, done?” And, this being a grammar joke, I’d assume it uses correct ...
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Using commas after clause starting with 'not'

I have the following sentence: He wanted to go to the park, not the city, for lunch Is the second comma needed?
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Comma placement when joining two independent clauses with a dependent clause and the word, “and.”

I'm having a problem finding an example of comma placement when two independent clauses are joined by a dependent clause and the word "and". Does the comma go before or after the "and"? For example: ...
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Origin of the “triple comma” or “comma ellipsis”

Occasionally I see someone write out sentences,,, like this,,, with exactly three commas. The first time I saw it I thought it was a personal idiosyncrasy, but I've seen it enough times now that I ...
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Which usage of the comma is correct?

1. The correct way to perform a conventional, or general, deadlift is to grip the bar on the outer rings with your index finger. 2. The correct way to perform a conventional, or general ...
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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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Should I use a comma between two sentence parts that have “you <verb>” in them?

Here's an example: Once you've run the program you can use it to play the tones. OR Once you've run the program, you can use it to play the tones. Should I use a comma where I used it or not?
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In what cases should I use a comma before “or”?

Here's an example: Should I use it or not? OR Should I use it, or not? Which one is correct?
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Comma + Dates: November 17 and December 15 in 2014 or November 17 and December 15 in 2014 [closed]

I'm wonder what is grammatically correct: 1. Data was collected between November 17 and December 15 in 2014. 2. Data was collected between November 17 and December 15, 2014. 3. Data was ...
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In my example, can I use a comma before the word “thus”?

Graph 4 improves Graph 3 because it shows potentially similar outliers that occur at each birthday, thus this represents our best range of x.
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Adjective clause with 'so'

I can't find any grammar reference to the correct usage of a specifying adjective clause. Consider an example: The physical activity, so vital for the developing body, is often overlooked by the ...
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Comma after lifespan?

Should there be a comma after the lifespan of Alexander the Great? When thinking of world conquerers, Alexander the Great (July 356 –June 323 BC), comes to mind.
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Comma between adjectives in title of thesis

Is there a comma missing in "A Heuristic for Capacitated Hierarchical Resource Location Problems"? It is a title of a bachelor's thesis. I'm not a native speaker, but I think there should be a comma ...
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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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What rule prevents this usage of commas: “this research, see references [1] and [2], has shown some success”?

I am reviewing a journal paper and the authors constantly use sentences of the sort "this research, see references [1] and [2], has shown some success" It seems to me this is ungrammatical, and that ...
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punctuating So and Then at the beginning of a sentence

I am confused when to put a comma after "so" and after "then" at the start of a sentence. And then that's when you went to the store? Then at McDonald's you were only there for a year, year ...
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Comma between two compound list items (“A and B, C and D”)

In an ACT Sample test, the correct answer is "I share many of the same hopes and fears, dreams and disappointments." Needing a pause isn't a solid enough argument for the ACT. What rule are they ...
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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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Where do I insert the comma? [duplicate]

Where do I place the comma in this sentence? I am in the process of renewing my insurance policy however I don't know the correct amount.
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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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When should one use the comma versus the semicolon, and vice versa?

I cannot understand the difference between the comma and semicolon. Can you please clarify?
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Comma separating subordinating clauses

I'm a software developer and occasionally write user documentation and project proposals for my boss. I've been running into a punctuation problem recently that I've been unable to solve. I have a ...
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The wooden dock was crowded, everyone excited for the show to start

I read this sentence in a book on writing. "The wooden dock was crowded, everyone excited for the show to start." Isn't this incorrect? If your combining to clauses don't you need to use and? Also why ...
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can I put comma behind and in the front of thus?

"The longitude and Latitude will be evaluated by the GPS, thus, displayed in the Google map as a marker with info box which contains the route number and the direction. "
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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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Should there be a comma after 'and'?

This is a bit of a strange question because I know that there should never ever be a comma after 'and.' But what if there's a parenthetical statement/clause-thing right after it? Let me demonstrate. ...
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Oxford Comma Conventions

According to the Wikipedia page for the Oxford Comma, "Use of the comma is consistent with conventional practice" and "Use of the comma is inconsistent with conventional practice." Did the Oxford ...
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Comma after introductory phrase in “As a B, I want A”? [duplicate]

Is this comma needed or allowed? As a citizen, I think that this problem undermines the right to privacy. Or should it be written this way instead: As a citizen I think that this problem ...
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Can we use “yours” twice in succession?

Can we use yours twice in succession? As in: My sign governs my style; and yours, yours. Any other possible usage? Is my example otherwise grammatically correct?
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“Hi, Joe,” versus “Hi Joe,” [duplicate]

The salutation "hi, Joe," often does not have a comma after "hi." "Hi" is not a modifier like "dear." It is not part of a person's title. "Hi" is an interjection and is normally set off with commas. ...
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Is a comma necessary here? [duplicate]

Can I insert a comma in this sentence like this: "Consequently, the type of the vehicle they are using can be specified as well as if they are walking or stationary somewhere." Or is the sentence ...
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Comma between a double adverbial phrase introducing a sentence

Is a comma required when there are two adverbial phrases introducing a sentence? Like so: One day, after I had my breakfast, the postman came. Or is it fine to omit the first comma? One day ...
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Active and passive verb with different prepositions for same object - commas?

I've got a sentence like this: A will impose B on and further be affected by C The two verbs have nothing in common, they both just put A in some relation to C. As C is quite long I don't want ...
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Particpial phrases containing different nouns

is it possible to use participial prepositions in the following sense, or am I creating a dangling modifier. Moreover, is the punctuation correct? Considering his broken leg, Peter was not able to ...
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Proper comma usage for multiple city/country pairs

I want to write a sentence with three city/county pairs. I normally use a comma between a city/country like so: I live in Sydney, Australia. But what is proper when describing three places? I ...
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What is the correct punctuation to use in the following complex sentence?

Understanding this sentence does, of course, rely heavily on the contextual information provided by my essay. However, I am unsure if I have punctuated this sentence correctly or at all in the right ...
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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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…Capital letter after period(s)?

Excuse my terrible English knowledge, but I have been wondering this for some time already: What is correct for the next phrase?: And he was there. alone. sad. and crying... or And he was ...
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Comma after 'is'? [duplicate]

Is it correct to place a comma after 'is'? Please, no recast. The question is, where do we get the money to pay for it?
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Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?

I've been trying to figure out if this slogan requires a comma: Simple, streaming music. versus Simple streaming music I did some reading on comma rules here and here, but I'm still a bit ...
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Larry Trask says commas should not come after dialog tags - do you agree? [closed]

Larry Trask says: "[A] quotation is set off by quotation marks and nothing else. A sentence containing a quotation is punctuated exactly like any other sentence apart from the addition of the ...
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Why is there no comma before 'eg' and 'etc.' in this BBC style guide example?

The BBC Style Guide uses this sentence: Beware of words that have different meanings for US and UK audiences eg: 'slated', 'suspenders', 'pants' etc. My question: Why is there no comma before 'eg' ...
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Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement

In BE, have I punctuated correctly the two bulleted sentences below? "That", he said, "is a lie." Comma goes outside the introductory quote above because the original sentence is: That is a lie, ...
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Commas between the word “or” in a lone series

I suppose a comma should be used following each such "or" in the following question. Yes? It reads: "You two no-accounts, or stereo thieves, or clowns, or whatever you are, should know by now that ...
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Ergative with Because [closed]

Are these punctuated correctly and is the parenthetical reasoning for each valid and sound? She's not running for class president, because she is scared. (= comma before "because" means she is not ...