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 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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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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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 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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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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Fragments and Full Sentences.

"Popular museum located in an old warehouse." Is this a complete sentence? I feel it could become one by changing it to "A popular museum, located in an old warehouse."
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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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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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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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Commas in a hyphenated series

I would like to make a statement to the effect of: The coating contains durable wind-, rain-, and chemical-resistant compounds. Can someone please provide guidance on the proper use of commas in ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Too many commas in this sentence?

I don't know if this sentence is too long, or if it's okay to keep stringing phrases with commas. Any help would be great as my English is not so good. When I was using the toy truck as a reward ...
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Is this comma necessary?

I am writing a poem about a coach. Is this comma necessary? Without doubt, one of the best!
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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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Essential and non-essential: grammatical or subjective?

When deciding what should be set off by commas in a sentence, do the words “essential” and “nonessential” mean grammatically nonessential/essential or nonessential/essential to the meaning of the ...
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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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Writing deadlines

I'm currently using the following date format for setting deadlines: Monday, 27 January 2014, 3 PM My questions are: Should I mention time at the beginning or leave it at the end? Should I ...
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Comma confusion in this sentence

This of course wasn't the only functionality that came with iCloud, but regardless, developers weren't exactly enthusiastic. or This of course wasn't the only functionality that came with iCloud, ...
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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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Verb question and use of am versus is

Is it correct to say: . . . and she like I am happy that. . . . or would you say: . . . and she like I, is happy that. . . . Microsoft Word spellchecker lets either of these be used.
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When is it appropriate to use a comma before “which”, “with”, and “who”?

Is it appropriate to use a comma before which in the following sentence? The group has helped me to make new friends and become more independent, which has increased my self-confidence. Is it ...
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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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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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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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“Oxford” comma with adjectives

Suppose you have some coordinate adjectives modifying a noun. E.g. "the cold, tired, hungry dog." You could rewrite this as "the cold and tired and hungry dog" but would these "the ...
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place of comma before “for” when it can be interpreted as “because”

The following sentence is considered correct, "As I turned around, I heard a loud thump, for the cat had upset the goldfish bowl." (taken from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/3/5/23/answer) ...
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Can a comma be used to set off a non independent clause?

I was told by "A Pocket Style Manual" that putting a comma between compound elements that are not independent clauses is a misuse; however, I saw this 'misuse' everywhere. For example: The program ...