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

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Syntax for “doesn't do this thing” but “will”

Working on this sentence: I look forward to iOS in the Car so the one clock that doesn't set itself automatically will. Recognizing that it (intentionally) feels non-standard, is it ...
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In my example, did I use the comma correctly?

The IV cannot be randomized in this case, but randomization allows for balance between two groups, one on each side of the threshold. Maybe the sentence I just wrote below is better? The IV ...
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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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How do you separate 'and so' from the main part of a sentence?

He has no control over what happens there, and disappointingly so. (in the sense that had he had some control, it would be a lot better) Is the usage of 'and XXXXX so' right? Does it need a comma ...
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Any exception with commas before and after “for example”?

I know that usually there should be a comma after "for example" and "for instance" but in the following sentences the commas would seem odd, wouldn't they? While it is common practice to do ...
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Is a comma needed before or after “which” and “such as”?

Is a comma needed before the word "which" and "such as" in the following examples? Ethical clearance was essential which was obtained very early in the research process. There are several ...
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Comma or semicolon in this particular case!

The nationalities shall mingle, the nights shall sparkle. or The nationalities shall mingle; the nights shall sparkle. Two complete sentences, right? So, I guess they should be separated by a ...
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Are these commas correct?

I have the following sentence: In this paper, I will explain, on the intuitive level, how to use different methods of light polarisation to obtain interesting physical phenomena. I am unsure ...
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Is a comma necessary before “for which”?

Is a comma needed in this sentence? Is for which used correctly in this sentence? We define message codes for which security is well defined.
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Should there be a comma when you start a sentence with “And”?

Is it okay to use the word "and" right after another sentence, and should I use a comma? "And, as a member of my high school's entrepreneurship club, I participated..." "And as a member of my high ...
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Usage of the Oxford Comma with “and”

I was told that this sentence is correct with the usage of a comma before and after the word and. I want to correct my grammar if I am in error. To claim a prize, send a Private Message to me ...
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When citing a paper and describing its purpose, is it correct to use a comma to describe the contents?

My question is in regards to the following sentence and has two parts: Bitcoin is a clever solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem[2], which describes the issue of trusting data transmitted ...
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Should I always use a comma after “e.g.” or “i.e.”?

It seems that "e.g." is always followed by a comma but "i.e." is not. Why is that?
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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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comma before “if you will”?

Should I set off the phrase "if you will" at the end of sentence with a comma? I can't seem to find this in any of the grammar and punctuation sites. It seems to be widely used. I come across it in my ...
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Comma placement in a sentence like “A small but juicy fruit.”?

How does comma placement work in a sentence with adjectives joined with something like "but"? For example, "A small but juicy fruit." And what about a more complex example, like "A small but juicy ...
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Overall structure, dashes and commas

The following sentence comes to me a bit intricate: The ultimate responsibility still rests in the hands of Internet users who vote – they, along with the officials elected to serve them, make up ...
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Do I use a forward slash or comma for my title and designations?

Do I use a forward slash or comma for my title and designations? I see both uses throughout my industry but which one is the correct usage, or could both be correct? Broker/REALTOR®, CRS®, ABR® ...
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In my example, did I need more commas? [closed]

For example, someone who just turned 21 and is prone to hurt others, might visit bars more often which would increase his probability of getting arrested for assault. Do I need to add more commas ...
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Using a comma before “but”

I was once told by an English professor that a comma should never be used before but in a sentence. For years, I have followed her advice but sometimes I just feel like it just needs to be there. On ...
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Understanding grammatical structure of a sentence using commas

I couldn't understand the use of commas in the second sentence in the following passage and the overall meaning of it. This doubt and the still-harsh tyranny of the materialistic philosophy ...
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What's the right punctuation for the following list?

Many cases of animal suicide were discused. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion. A school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no reason whatsoever. A deer threw itself from ...
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No comma preceding quote from a document?

I am a court reporter, and I was recently informed that I should not put a comma before a quote from a document. E.g., in the sentence: John said, "We need to clear this item," the comma after "said" ...
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Is a comma required in “Until now X, that it is about time we do Y”?

I am wondering if I should leave the comma in the following sentence: Until now he has been behaving so badly, that it is about time we do something about it.
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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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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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Punctuating “waste not, want not”

How do you punctuate a sentence to indicate that the second phrase is contingent on the first, e.g. Waste not, want not? You could read this typical punctuation as meaning "waste not and want not" ...
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“If this, and if that.” With or without Comma?

I’ll appreciate it if you wash the car, and if you take out the trash. Should I use a comma before and, or not?
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Best way to phrase “{x and y} and z”?

I've continually struggled with this sentence arrangement. I have a list of 2 groups, but one of the groups is also a group of 2. Example: "I need help finding turtles and brown and grey foxes" The ...
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Should there always be a comma after “therefore”,“However” etc.?

Should you always type a comma after "therefore","However" etc. in the beginning of a sentence? Also, when these (and similar) words are used in the middle of a sentence, should there be a comma ...
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Should “which percentage” or “what percentage” be used within a sentence?

I have the following paragraph: "The contents of a fish tank with 70 fish, of which 10 percent are goldfish, are added to another fish tank with 130 fish, of which 20 percent are goldfish. After the ...
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Dependent clause/ prepositional phrase in second clause with comma

Am I right in punctuating the sentence this way? Joe and Jim walked down the street, and, at the corner, Joe found a nickel. This is just an example. More importantly, I need to know in general case ...
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Use of commas and or in “either”/“any of” lists of things

Which of the following is "more" correct? Either one, two, or three? Either one, or two, or three? Any of one, two, or three? Any of one, or two, or three? What I am interested in, is the use of ...
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Why is the sentence “She sighed, and began whispering again” grammatically incorrect?

That's a line from a Twilight book. It's a grammar mistake pointed out by this website. She sighed, and began whispering again. I don't see anything wrong with it. Is the comma the mistake?
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“As Applicable” Concluding a Sentence

I am a technical writer, and often I find concluding a list of requirements with "as applicable" is useful, because not all items in a list of requirements are relevant in all cases. Consider a ...
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Does this sentence need a comma? [closed]

Does this sentence need a comma after Glory of the Titans? Martin, in his Glory of the Titans explains the tie between emotion and strength.
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Comma with 'but then'

Which of the following is right? Ignorance is bliss. But then we learnt to do it. OR Ignorance is bliss. But, then, we learnt to do it.
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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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presenting a list followed by a verb, should the semi-colon be used?

Consider the sentence We consider how different strategies; (1) running, (2) hiding and (3) fighting affect the mating success of bears. Is the above sentence grammatically correct with the ...
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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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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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In my example, do I need a comma before which?

The linear fit fails to fit the age profile because it does not really account for the changes in arrests rate which implies a large bias.
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In my example, comma or no comma before the word respectively?

In the graph for all arrests, and DUI arrests, the effect of the MLDA is about 125 and 50 increase in arrests rate respectively. I personally think no comma should be put before the word - ...
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Plural after comma in complex sentence

What's correct? "The fact that he wears a hat, and recent observations of him in red boots, suggest to me that he has a sense of fashion." OR "The fact that he wears a hat, and recent observations ...
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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

This is my first question on this stack exchange. I'm hoping this kind of question is welcome here, and excuse my ignorance, but my confusion evident below is exactly why I am a Software Engineer ...
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Where should the comma be placed in the salutation of a letter?

Sometimes I see a comma after the proper name: Hello Mr. Black, In order to give you.... But my native language is not English and I think that the comma in this phrase should be placed ...
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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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Separating sentences with a comma

Should two different sentences with subject and predicate be separated with a comma? Self documenting code is not your thing I get it. This is so obviously homework it hurts. Is there a ...
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Couple of comma-splice questions

He missed one episode of The O.C. and then played catch-up the rest of the season. I have but one dream in life, to own a Harley-Davidson. She swims twice a day, before school and right before ...
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A sentence with too many commas [closed]

Can someone please explain the following sentence? This perspective provides a primarily pragmatic justification, therefore, for confidentiality, in that any perceived limitations to, or ...