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

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Direct Address commas

Hi people I have a doubt. Is this sentence wrong? "Good morning Judy, I see that you have been busy lately," she said. Is the omission of a comma after the words Good morning wrong? Thanks for your ...
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Comma after also at the beginning of a sentence

I just can't figure it out; some writers use it others don't. For instance,in this para from an article: "On a domestic scale, people whispered about their neighbours, families split along north-...
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Comma before “either” at end of this sentence

Please help me determine whether or not to include a comma at the end of the third sentence: "I won't be talking to my ex at the party tonight." -"But what if she talks to you?" "I won't ...
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Does “of what” phrase need to have commas?

I came across this writing. I was told that the second version is grammatically correct. Donald oversaw the construction, of what he would deem, a "fortress". Donald oversaw the construction of ...
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What type of comma rule is this called?

The drawing depicts two well dressed kings, their gowns and accessories indicating their wealth and power. I believe the comma is used correctly.
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Does the last comma change the meaning?

This got me in a big fight : Mostly I don't want to be hated, for things I wouldn't consider doing, again. Having the last comma I thought it would refer to being hated again, the reader sent it ...
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Comma needed to offset expansion clause?

Which of the following is most grammatically correct? In Boston, and other cities above a certain size, public transit is paid for with an RFID card. In Boston and other cities above a certain size, ...
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Starting a sentence with 'About your question, …'

I have noticed myself often starting a sentence like this: About your drawing question, I don't think there is an easy way to draw these shapes. Is it formal to start a sentence that way (formal ...
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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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When you say “big old” or “big ol' ” adjectivally, should a comma come in between?

Coordinate adjectives require a comma in between, for example: That's a big, red house. But it looks odd to write "big, old" or "big, ol'," for example: That's a big, ol' house. Rather, it's ...
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Comma rule for sentences of the form “I [verb 1], and [verb 2], [direct object of verb 1]”?

Apologies for asking such a basic question, but I couldn't find an answer to the question (neither in here, nor another website). General form of the sentence I have in mind in question title. Here'...
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Calculator thousand seperator by comma in c# [closed]

private void TextBox_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e) { string value = TextBox.Text.Replace(",", ""); long ul; if (long.TryParse(value, out ul)) { TextBox.TextChanged -= TextBoxTextChanged; ...
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Dashes usage for additional explanation after or before a comma?

So, here is the sentence I'm trying to write: They got to know our business through many different venues - through actually just people they knew, through consulting companies - but I think the most ...
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the proper spot of comma in a sentence

sample: Humanity has made important discoveries(,) thanks to the development of science and technology, and yet we do not know what exists in the deepest parts of the sea and the universe. I feel ...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

I want to write the folowing sentence in some work: You went there on Thursday? for instance, is not an interrogative clause but a declarative one, even if the utterance may be a question. In the ...
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Correct comma usage in a list with groups

I am writing a list of features, and am stuck on how to correctly handle the comma usage. There are, essentially, "groups" within the list that are throwing me off. I'm going to be a bit long-winded ...
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“server, please!” — is there a comma in there?

Related to youtube/5ycx9hFGHog, I'd like to know whether it is correct or incorrect to put a comma between "server" and "please", when writing about an act of calling one's server, whether the "please"...
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Can I start a sentence with “For the last ten years…?”

Can I start a sentence with "For the last ten years...?" and do I need to put a comma after that. For instance, "For the last ten years, I have been doing my PhD". I am grateful for your help.
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Does a period, semicolon, comma, or nothing go there?

Recently, I was being tongue in cheek when I wrote the following words: I'm quite dead, I assure you. Someone felt inclined to correct my grammar and say that it was a comma splice. They ...
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Comma usage: something happened, not because of this, but this

Does this sentence need a comma? The bells were attached to the priestly garments not as an object of worship but as an object of purpose. Lately, I have found myself wanting to use this sentence ...
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where should the comma be if the clause is not independent?

I have heard this about the comma before and. Generally speaking, you want to use a comma in sentences made of two independent clauses connected by one of the following seven coordinating ...
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Using a full stop, question mark, apostrophe and a comma all at the same time in a sentence (in UK English)

Would .?', in the following sentence be correct? A man asked 'how many are red, how many are green, etc.?', so I tried to find out.
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Should there be a comma in this sentence? [closed]

In the introduction to The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins there is the following sentence: "The correct word of the title to stress is 'gene' and let me explain why." I thought that since and ...
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Where is the line drawn with comma splices?

I was going to ask: where is the line drawn between parentheticals and comma splices? I've been trying to think of examples, and all the ones I've thought of seem okay, but probably work in a third ...
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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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Punctuation and Intonation in Enumerations Occurring in Mathematics

Here, John Lawler writes the following: Commas are not determined by grammar or by which words they follow. Comma indicates a particular intonation. If you would use that intonation in speaking ...
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In what circumstances can we omit commas when using adverbs at the beginning of a sentence? [closed]

it is a common practice to separate an adverb at the beginning of a sentence from the rest with a comma. However, I have read somewhere that we can omit the comma when no pause is needed. Is this ...
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Should I use a comma after “it should be noted that”?

Should I use a comma after "noted that" in the following sentence? Tom and Dick, while driving the car, noted that at speed bumps, the suspension was making noise. A preliminary Google ...
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Is comma needed before 'and' in this sentence?

We use comma in lists. Apart from that, comma is needed before and when joining two independent clauses. For example: I want to write, and I have stamps. Here I am clearly joining two independent ...
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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 after quotation mark in middle of sentence [duplicate]

Do I need a comma after "Go!" in the following sentence? When I said, "Go!" all the children ran up to a card and picked it up. Does the sentence look right (with a lowercase a) or should I ...
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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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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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Phrase “to no avail” and commas

The phrase "to no avail" describes something that is futile or ineffective. His efforts to stop the thief were to no avail. Commonly, the phrase is separated from the independent clause of the ...
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Use of commas and “whether” correct?

....with his easy cooking techniques and added element of fun he is able to entertain every viewer, whether they are beginners or experienced cooks, young or old, Indian or not.
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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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Is a comma between adjacent quoted phrases in the same sentence unnecessary?

This is a quote from Larry Wilmore's performance at the 2016 Correspondents' Dinner. One website wrote it as follows: "They just renamed ‘The Kelly File,’ ‘Becky with the good hair.’” I think the ...
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Compound sentences and commas

I've found that sometimes I want to write a compound sentence without a comma when it does not sound correct. This is an example: Aden knew he was being greedy but was sure that he deserved an ...
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Putting comma before “or” if the second phrase of the conjunction is conditional

I'm having a hard time phrasing this properly to look it up, but I believe I'm correct about my usage. Example sentence: Infants should stay at home, or go to daycare if their parents both work. A ...
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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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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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Commas in sentences with “when”

Is the comma necessary in the sentence below? When a printing is finished, printer sends events to server.
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Past Continuous and Past perfect Continuous during a specific time frame

I'm wondering about the correct choice between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous in the following context. "The above factors could provide a timeline of where the political scene was ...
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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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Comma or semi-colon ?When to use

I don't know whether a semicolon or a comma should be used. For example: Now that GoT is done for the season what will James complain about besides Disney movies?Find out on a new episode of Off Time ...
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Comma when using passive voice

Should I put commas in sentences like this? The price of software is defined(,) based on... the amount is calculated(,) based on... computers(,) developed by... approvals for advertising and ...
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Comma or no comma before “in part because”?

"Running outdoors burns about five percent more calories than running on a treadmill, in part because there is greater wind resistance outdoors." I was taught that you shouldn't put a comma before '...
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Of course I don't! - comma needed or not

All the time I see people replying with "of course I will" or "yes it is!" (to "it's not that good" and not placing a comma after "of course" and "yes". The second case seems even more extreme, as ...