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

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Hemingway sentence coordinating clauses with commas

She had a great talent and appreciation for the bed, she was not pretty, but he liked her face, she read enormously, liked to ride and shoot and, certainly, she drank too much. Is this ...
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Is it ever possible to use a comma after an essential clause? Relative clause

Forgive me if my use of terminology isn't quite right... I'm editing this sentence: This is a serious problem that ranges from elementary school teachers to adjunct professors such as here, and ...
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Who does “who” apply to in this example?

His governors, some of them incompetent and tactless, quarrelled bitterly with the people, who were constantly demanding greater political control. In this sentence, who are demanding greater ...
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Does “They themselves” need commas?

Which of the following sentences has correct comma usage? a) They themselves can state their feelings. b) They themselves, can state their feelings. c) They, themselves, can state their ...
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Where do commas, if anywhere, belong in a “not only… but” sentence with the “but” clause 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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Should I use a comma before the conjunction in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence The movie was loud and the chatter was louder. Should I need to add a comma before the and that joins the first sentence The movie was loud and the independent clause the chatter ...
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How do I punctuate this sentence? A stamp cost three cents a gallon of gas twenty

Do I use a semicolon or a comma? I do not want to add a conjunction or replace the missing "cost" after gas. Both are intentionally removed.
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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 conditional statement

The conditional: When I copy and paste this answer into my .xml file, it won't read any attributes past the 1st line. Should I add a comma to the following, before the phrase "when I copy"? ...
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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 in regards to listing names [duplicate]

When referring to a list of names including my own, what format do I use? NameA, NameB and I OR NameA and NameB and I
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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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In which cases is a comma/period placed inside or outside of parentheses?

Are there cases where a period is placed inside parentheses? In which cases the period (or a comma) should be placed inside the parentheses?
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Comma before “and” which is being used after a list of items containing other and/s [duplicate]

I am confused about whether one should put a comma before an "and" which is being used after a list of items containing at least one other "and". I don't use the Oxford comma, and I feel it's not ...
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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 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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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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Listing quoted sentences: separate them with a semicolon, comma, period (or none)?

I am completing a manuscript for my recent book. I would love to know whether I need to put a comma, semicolon, or other form of punctuation (or none) in-between these quoted sentences. The examples ...
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Comma after subclause

She thought of the place she grew up, the beautiful city of Birmingham, as they walked together through the streets of their new hometown. I'm never sure whether it should be like the above, or ...
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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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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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What is a comma splice?

Is this a comma splice? What makes a sentence a comma splice? Being left at the altar on her wedding day, Pamela became furious.
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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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What does “independent” bind to in this sentence? [closed]

Which of the following two sentences is correct? A is valid independent of B. A is valid independently of B. In other words, does independent bind to "are" or "valid"? I tend towards the first ...
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What is the meaning of the comma in this case? [duplicate]

He rides a bike reading the book. (with no comma between bike and reading) He rides a bike, reading the book. (with a comma between bike and reading) In the sentence above, What is the ...
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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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“all the best” - distinction, comma or no comma?

How can one distinguish between: A) "We wish you all the best!" and B) "We wish you all the best!" ? We wish you all, the best! - is that correct for version B)?
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The usage of quotation marks

I'm discussing and comparing two books and I want to know if I'm using quotation marks correctly: Both books are known for being existential and the reader is bombarded with questions throughout ...
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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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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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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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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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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.