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

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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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Simple past or simple present?

Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. or Pikachu strolled along the street blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. I feel like I should use the simple ...
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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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Comma usage - Comma before “and whose”

I'm kind of confused as to how I should punctuate the following sentence: A land as old as time and whose history defies any simple description. The author added a comma before "and", but i'm ...
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Should I place a comma or “and” between the adjectives “frequent” & “new”?

I have a phrase "Frequent Automatic Renewals". Must there be a comma, or should I separate them with an "and"?
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Correct form and use of comma?

Made changes to a translated bit of text (the start of a ridiculously long jumble that looks as though it was done by a half-blind, half-senile elderly man pulled into a hurricane crossing over an ...
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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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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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Grammatically, comma or period after “no problem”, “sure”, “okay” and the like

Grammatically, do we put a comma or period after the words like "no problem", "sure", "okay" and the like when responding to a request, or there is no grammatical rule and this purely a style ...
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Help with comma after coordinating conjunction

When a comma and a coordinating conjunctions are used, both sides of the comma should be independent clauses. However, I have seen many examples in reputable sources where this is not the case. Is ...
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I need help with comma with conjunction

Should there be a comma before "and" in the sentence below? The reason why I ask is because I think that the sentence below has committed a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. Can someone ...
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Comma usage and maintain succinctness

I have started my book with the words "The day I was born, Granny died." On reading all the comma rules this doesn't seem quite right. Should the comma be replaced by a semicolon? I wanted the first ...
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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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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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Help. I need help with comma

Should there be a comma before "or" in the sentence below? I think keeping the comma would be a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. Thanks "It is a disorder in which a missing or garbled ...
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Changing the order of to with for

In sentences like this: "The parenthetical phrase is a great example of using an interrupter to great effect for foming a clear idea." Is it imperative to change it to this with double commas? ...
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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 to put ...
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I need help with commas and conjunctions

Is it correct to add a comma before "but" in the sentence below this paragraph. An explanation as to why this sentence is correct or incorrect would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. (1) "If you have a ...
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Comma Placement When Using The Word “Though”

Should there be a comma before the word "though?" Example: I am currently working with a content writer though it would be good to find more options.
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Comma issue: noun of direct address in the middle of the sentence after conjunction

Another nitpicky comma question that I hope you will help me to resolve. How does one need to punctuate the noun of direct address (or vocative) in the middle of the sentence that goes directly after ...
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Esseintial or nonessential sentence element?

He looked at the skies fully saturated with blue paint. or He looked at the skies, fully saturated with blue paint. Is "fully saturated with blue paint" here an essential or nonessential ...
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Placing comma in a sentence

I knew he was going to be there, and sure enough, he was there. In this sentence, can I place comma before "sure enough" like this: I knew he was going to be there, and, sure enough, he was ...
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Comma before “then”

I just wrote the sentence below in an email and then doubted why I was putting a comma before each of the occurrences of "then". To my inner ear, it seems natural to signal a pause in my if/then ...
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Comma or colon after a word like “Remember” followed by a sentence addressed directly to reader?

In these sentences: Take the time to buckle your seatbelt. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. Should Remember be followed by a comma or a colon?
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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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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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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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When to use commas before and after of course in a sentence

I'm proofing a blog for someone and I have the following sentence: Companies that use our services want great results, but of course they also need to get value for money. Do I need commas before and ...
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Comma in a list of people who are members of a committee

I am putting together a list for an event. The list is of people who are part a committee. If the info for each individual was going to be one line, I would put commas between the person's name, title ...
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I need help with comma

Is a comma needed after the word "but" in the following sentence with the parenthesis? If so, why? Thanks. "he knew he could do anything he wanted to do, but found that there was nothing he wanted to ...
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Appositives and use of comma

Is it correct to offset the name below by commas? The former Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, believes he is capable of winning the championship again within the next five years.
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Should there be a comma before because in this sentence?

Acting DA Madeline Singas loves having Mega around and said that everyone looks at her like another employee, because of the immense impact she has on everyone she encounters. Thnaks
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Conditional sentences. Punctuation in the main clause which is a compound sentence

If event A happens, event B will happen, and event C might happen. Do I need to put a comma before "and?"
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Replacing “and” with comma

EB size and structure is known to influence differentiation potential, and the microwell system provides a robust, efficient method of producing EBs of any size or shape. I've seen many sentences ...
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Directions for comma use between adjectives as per various sources

I read a lot about when comma should be used between a list of adjectives modifying a noun that follows. There are a lotSo much so that now it all looks like a jumble of which adjectives sound better ...
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Comma use in long sentences

I have been working for the subtitles of a movie, and I am not sure if I have placed the correct punctuations or not. The dialogue is about what happens when Fantasies are unleashed on internet ...
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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 ...