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

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Is this usage of commas and parenthesis ever appropriate?

Is there ever a scenario where you would put both a pair of commas and a pair of parenthesis around a parenthetical? I.e. in this form word words words,(words words words), words words words.? For ...
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Need commas after reducing relative clauses

TIL: You need a comma before "which" and the other one at the end of non-defining clause, for example, Jeff’s new car, which is less than a month old, already started leaking oil. And I learned ...
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Commas separating adjectives [on hold]

Is the following grammatically correct: "I enumerate a necessary condition for the existence of infinitely many, geometrically distinct, non-constant, prime closed geodesics". I feel like there are ...
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Punctuation and Flow: “If not” [on hold]

I’m writing something and I’ve decided to take out the comma in the following sentence: “He would let his lover construct, if not talk in complete openness about a life of his own.” Originally there ...
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Chaucer presents the Parson as a striking contrast to the Friar having qualities such as being selfless, poor, and a devoted figure of the church [on hold]

“Chaucer presents the Parson as a striking contrast to the Friar having qualities such as being selfless, poor, and a devoted figure of the church”. My question is to do I need a comma after parson?
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Comma before adverb at the end of a sentence?

But, so far, cooking was merely a hobby, something she would surely get tired of eventually. In this sentence, should I add a comma before "eventually"? I think it would make the sentence easier to ...
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Punctuating quoted items in a list [duplicate]

Comma or not comma? That is the question! Notice they each tout features like, "Vitamins A, C, and E," "Olive Leaf Extract," and "Sustainable Orange Stem Cells." OR: Notice they each tout features ...
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Comma before which?

TIL: You need a comma before which and another one at the end of the nonrestrictive phrase; for example: Jeff’s new car, which is less than a month old, already started leaking oil. And I learned ...
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Usage of the word 'the' in a comma separated list [closed]

Which is correct? Regularly collaborated with multiple IT teams such as the Server Team, Network Team, and Web Team to troubleshoot complex IT issues. or Regularly collaborated with multiple IT ...
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Comma placement after [greeting] and a [term of endearment]

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. When addressing someone with a term of endearment and a greeting, how does comma placement work? The reason why other questions didn't work in answering this was ...
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Name for rhetorical technique of abandoning commas in a long list?

I just came across a very nice example of a rhetorical structure I know I have seen many, many times: Our national character feels like it’s possessed by every hellish ghost of American history: ...
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Is there a comma after a conjunction when it's used as an exclamation?

Apologies for the oddly worded question. Basically, I have the following sentence structure: The girls sneaked down the stairs and paused by the kitchen door. Karen slipped past it, disappearing ...
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do I place a comma before “well”? [duplicate]

I'm writing a novel and still getting use to rules for commas. In my novel I have this: "Well, she better not eat any of my customers,or I’ll be having cougar tonight." does this comma before the ...
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Comma vs. Semicolon

I was editing a friend of mine's paper and they used the sentence "By writing, she gave outlets of feelings and words to those who needed it, to those who did not have expression before." I felt like ...
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Why is a comma needed here?

She would start applying to law schools soon and she wanted to know what the law looked like in action. According to Princeton Review, this sentence is incorrect and to fix it, a comma should be ...
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Comma or semicolon between independent clauses that have internal commas and that are joined by a coordinating conjunction

In high school I learned that when joining two independent clauses where either contained a comma I should always use a semicolon before the coordinating conjunction. For example, If Alice had known ...
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if and because in compound-complex sentences

I am confused about compound-complex sentences that begin with if and because. In general, if a compound-complex sentence begins with an introductory phrase and contains two dependent clauses, all ...
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Commas and dialogue

If you have the following line, do you need the comma after the second quotation mark? “Like two grains of salt dropped into a jar of pepper,” was her smirking verdict. or “Like two grains of salt ...
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“Many more” or “much more” at the end of a list? [duplicate]

I'm aware that "many more" is for countable nouns and "much more" is for uncountable nouns, but what about at the end of a list? For example, "The Character Editor includes a large amount of ...
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List: Joining three compound items, two with a common element

Which one is the most proper way to structure a list comprising "metabolic diseases," "microvascular complications," and "macrovascular complications" in the following example: High blood glucose ...
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Comma after this introductory phrase—necessary or helpful?

I can't quite decide whether or not this comma is necessary (by CMoS standards) or provides a helpful pause even if it's not strictly needed. I'm also debating whether this sentence needs a "that" ...
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Rules of grammar with the word “like”, “is/are” [closed]

I was wondering if the comma was put in the correct place in the sentence below. "These creatures have been shown to face negative consequences, like death." Additionally, I was wondering if I ...
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Which of these three ways of using commas is correct?

Which of the following three sentences are grammatically correct and use commas properly? 1. Jack died peacefully in his sleep, not screaming and yelling like the passengers on his plane. 2.Jack ...
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Is a comma accurate here? “high and low, time and again”

Sentence: I have an RC helicopter. I maneuver it high and low [,] time and again. So is it "high and low, time and again", or "high and low time and again"? The sentence without the comma seems ...
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Do you use a comma when the object comes before the subject?

Would you use a comma after the object in a sentence where the predicate comes before the subject? For example, if the sentence is "One friend I saw.", would you put a comma after the word friend?
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so conceived after comma

Naturalism, on this understanding, is the view that there is nothing outside the natural world, so conceived. What does "so conceived" mean exactly here?
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How to use “instead” at end of sentence

I'm not sure if there should be a comma after 'said' in this situation. I'm picky about punctuation and want to discover what is acceptable. Can't find any similar questions/answers. - Which (maybe ...
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is this non-essential

A. The Senate voted. The people, themselves, did not. vs. B. The Senate voted. The people themselves did not. Which one is right? A or B? Additionally, is "themselves" non-essential?
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What is the proper way to quote multiple questions within one sentence without using bullets

Here is the sentence I am working with: Some of the reflection questions included are “What do you think is happening here?”; “How do you think the boy to the right feels? Why?”; and “What should the ...
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Type of usage with descriptions/accuracy

Sarah Smith as Melanie Cross, a teenager whose parents are outside of the site; younger brother of Angie. Sarah Smith as Melanie Cross, a local widow of a hoarder; suspicious about the ...
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Use of comma to include or exclude

In the following: The French background check program, in partnership with the French army, is extended to the following: - All French tennis Technical Officials, National and Above Does this mean ...
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Can a conjuction prevent run-on sentences without punctuation?

I understand that run-on sentences join independent clauses without a word to connect them or a punctuation mark to separate them, but can a connecting word suffice to prevent a sentence from running ...
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Comma before 'But' - which sentence is correct?

1) So making declarations involving human rights worries the court but declarations on other matters doesn’t. 2) So making declarations involving human rights worries the court, but declarations on ...
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Commas in non-restrictive “implicit” relative clause

First of all I'm not sure if I've used the implicit adjective properly, in the title. What I mean is that the clause is introduced by verb-ing and not by which verb(s). (Please correct me if I'm wrong....
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Should you use a comma after a number that falls at the end of a clause, even if the number has commas in it (ex: 1,000,000)?

For example, in the sentence The cost is anticipated to be $1,000,000, inclusive of pre-construction costs. is it appropriate to use a comma after $1,000,000 or should a semicolon be used?
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Adverbs/Adjectives in between two commas

Is it wrong to put a comma before and after the word 'exceptionally'? Kindly help me on this. e.g. Also, she's, exceptionally, poor in customer service.
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“There are only two alternatives, one is expensive, the other time-consuming” ㅡ normal sentence?

"There are only two alternatives, one is expensive, the other time-consuming." I'm confused about the usage of commas and semicolons above. Is it a normal sentence? There's no 'and'. And please ...
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Comma after “different” and before “[adjective] [noun]”?

I'm writing a sentence about energy coupling: Energy coupling is a phenomenon where cells use the energy released from an exergonic reaction to fuel a different, endergonic reaction. I can see "...
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Is it correct to insert a comma between two occurrences of the same word in different contexts?

I have the following sentence: There are two two-dimensional shapes. The double occurrence of the word "two" (one to indicate the amount of shapes and another to indicate the amount of dimensions) ...
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Elliptical construction and comma usage

I regularly use the Grammarly application and keep getting error messages for the following types of sentences: I like F.C. Barcelona, and was happy to learn they recently signed a new player. ...
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Can “ comma + and” be part of a non-restrictive clause?

Companies have competed with each other, providing better services, and have done so, while keeping costs low. Is the sentence above correct? I know that when there is a "comma + one of the FANBOYS" ...
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Should we use a comma after the word that is after OR?

Specks of kryptonite, gorgonite, kraterite, or reddite, or sometimes all four, can cause Superman to become sick. Should there be a comma after "four"? I know that in most sentences we do not ...
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Plural or singular after Person A and his friends

Consider these sentences: "Harry(,) and his friends Ron and Hermione(,) face new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts." "Harry, along with his friends Ron and Hermione, faces new ...
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Is it acceptable to state conditions one after the other separated by commas but not have “and” or “or” in the end?

I found a duplicate question here, but am asking my question since the nature of my sentence is a little different. The sentence: "You need to know your employees well. Who is unhappy at not ...
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Why is this sentence incorrect? Why is this other sentence correct?

The answer to this GMAT question was not what I expected it to be. Link to the forum page here. Up until now, I was certain about two fundamental truths about grammar. It is always possible to ...
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Comma grammatical function

Could someone please name the grammatical comma use in the sentence below? It looks like an interrupter (parenthetical), but I'm unsure if the usage is correct. "The title of the song “This is ...
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Comma after an introductory phrase used at start [closed]

Which of the following is/are correct? Throughout the United States a large number of young people enter college every year. Throughout the United States, a large number of young people enter college ...
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How many people are there in this sentence, 3 or 4? [duplicate]

In the following sentence how many persons are mentioned, 3 or 4? The Sentence is: "They invited me to dinner, and when I arrived at their house, there stood my girlfriend's father, and her mother,...
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Is a comma needed in a sentence containing two clauses? [closed]

Can this sentence be made easier to read? "During some of the subjects I had the opportunity to work within a team as during our Science and Physics lessons, we often used to go the school ...
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Using commas in cases of “extreme contrast” (commas in compound predicates with “but”)

It seems to me that many, including myself recently, are applying this "extreme contrast" rule to the wrong cases. (See #2 in link below.) https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/...