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

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Punctuation in a sentence “from A or B to C and even D”

Is there a need for punctuation in the following sentence: "Response time has reduced from weeks or days to hours and even minutes in some cases." More generally, how should one use punctuation in a ...
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Is this correct: “Members of the orchestra were hopeful though, on this warm spring evening”?

"Members of the orchestra were hopeful though, on this warm spring evening." Specifically, is the comma in this sentence necessary and correct? Is it correct without a comma also before 'though'?
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Proper comma usage [on hold]

Which of the following sentences illustrates(s) a proper use of commas a. Randy wanted to end the meeting, but Amy wanted to prolong it. b. After pouring herself a glass of water in silence, Nicky ...
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Commas for parenthetical info when against technicality and ambiguity

I write the following sentence as follows: "The lady spent a few seconds gently patting the two chocobos at the coach, a popular species of avian bred throughout the country". Where does one draw the ...
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Do we need a comma to separate these two sentences?

Which one of these sentences is correct? 1 By using this method, they found that sugar is important in diet. 2 By using this method they found that sugar is important in diet. Do we need a ...
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How to describe a confusion matrix correctly

In computer science, we a use a thing called confusion matrix for reporting results from supervised machine learning algorithms. It looks like this The image was taken from here. I would like to ...
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3 commas and 1 or, where does assignment go?

"They shall be laid before the bishop and his counselors, two of the elders, or high priests, such as he shall appoint." Is this saying that the bishops' counselors have to be elders but he can also ...
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Double perhaps/or perhaps in the same sentence

I'm getting tripped up by the rules on when to use a comma for perhaps in a sentence like this: Perhaps you have..., or perhaps(,) you know of ... I understand that the general rule for starting ...
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The proper usage of commas? [on hold]

If I have some quotes like "Never, never, never give up!" can I put a comma after them? Basically, which one is correct: He said "There is no in between", and I can't agree more! or He said ...
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Can somebody tell me wheres should I put commas and semicolons in the following statement [closed]

Developed humanized mouse model for allergic airways diseases, characterized peptide immunotherapy in different mouse models of allergic airways diseases, handled variety ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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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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Is it appropriate to use “even” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence in an article: All is fair in love and war, even trying to add a static type system in a dynamically typed programming language. Is the use of "even" ...
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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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Commas, prepositions and subordinating conjunctions

I have two questions. Consider the following sentences. "In November I purchased my first car." or "In November, I purchased my first car." And, another example, "During the 1940s there was a ...
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Is a comma needed to offset a title?

If I were to try and describe a book called "Book", is this sentence grammatically correct? The book Book by Joe Bob is set in... I was told that this sentence is incorrect, that commas must ...
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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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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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Is a comma necessary in “What’s funny, is …”?

In the sentence What’s funny is Cat’s dry humour. Wouldn’t it be better to put a comma after “funny”: What’s funny, is Cat’s dry humour. This question entails a (at the time of writing) ...
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Comma before “include:” preceding list: right or wrong, and why? [duplicate]

My first style disagreement with another writer at a new job. I say the comma in the example below is superfluous because there is no introductory or non-restrictive clause. I think the options are: ...
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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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Is Word always correct in suggesting either a comma before 'which' or else using 'that'?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine in certain situations suggests either placing a comma before which or replacing it with that (and not using a comma). Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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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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Correct place for comma when two verbs are connected by a conjunction

He sets his alarm but, when the morning comes, fails to wake up. Marcie exercises everyday and, in doing so, improves her health. What is the correct place for the commas in the above ...
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Comma Problem: I removed the commas from this sentence because I can't determine where to put them and was hoping for some help [closed]

Your relationships change based on the decisions you make when talking with each crewmember and in a few specific instances with decisions you make on which mission to take or how to resolve a ...
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Comma and arithmetics

Should one put a comma before an arithmetic operation? What about long expressions? Example: The final distance is equal to the initial distance plus initial velocity multiplied by time, plus half ...
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How to use comma around mathematical symbols?

I am having trouble determining the correct use of comma when specifying mathematical symbols, and the literature that I follow does not seem to be consistent. Which of the following would be correct ...
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Usage of comma in “Some like it hot, others cold” [closed]

How does one punctuate the following construct: Some like it hot, others, cold. Somehow, the two commas seem incorrect or at least awkward. Should the second one be omitted altogether? Or should ...
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The infinitive after the comma [closed]

Why is the comma before the infinitive? The Roman state was a parasite, draining men and wealth from the island while failing, or not even trying, to defend it from Picts, Irish and Saxons.
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Is the following sentence correct? A statement followed by a list. Should I use a colon? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "My main priority as a tutor has always been to help the learner feel at ease, with me, with themselves and with their own abilities." I feel like there should be ...
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Is it true you should never put a comma after “then”? Please explain [duplicate]

I would like to know what the rule is, if there is one, behind the use of commas after all sequence words except then. I have seen "then" written both with a comma and without one, but I remember ...
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Comma before a verb

Altimeter Group provides research and advisory for companies , enabling them to pursue new opportunities and business models. Is the comma before enabling necessary and right in that sentence?
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comma/comma-splice in “inexpensive, but effective, resources”?

Is comma needed here? "inexpensive, but effective, resources" Can comma splices be used instead of "that" and "and" here? It is clear, X destroys homes, businesses.
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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 that sentence grammatically correct with the ...
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The use of commas

My friend wrote me an email with the sentence Would the coming Tuesday at 12:15 be okay for you? I immediately thought there should be a comma somewhere in the sentence. Well, he doesn't agree ...
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Use of comma with “In order” [closed]

Is the comma used correctly in these two sentences? In order to sign and return the documents to us with EchoSign, the two initial boxes marked in red will require your initials. In any case, there ...
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Is it ever possible to use a comma after an essential 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...