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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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Why don't we need a comma here? [duplicate]

I'm wondering why a comma is not necessary after the word cheekbones. Is there a rule for this? He didn’t pay much attention to the movie. At least, he had been thinking he didn’t until he felt warm, ...
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Why there is comma before "as" and "did" in the sentence [closed]

Anyone who makes the observation, as the patriarch of the clan, Cosimo de’ Medici, did, that “every painter paints himself ” is clearly someone with a deep understanding of creativity.
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This question is about English and commas too

Which is correct usage This question is about English and commas too This question is about English, and commas too and why?
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Should commas always be used in pairs? [closed]

There are many questions here about the use or placement of a comma. The general rule I learned decades ago was that commas always appear in pairs, never by themselves. Commas at the beginning of a ...
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Three joined independent clauses [closed]

I'm a bit lost as to how the following sentence should be punctuated: Life at sea, living on a tiny sailboat, is tough, but the sea provides a lot of free food, and so I don't mind the lack of luxury....
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Pronoun use after a comma [migrated]

This question asks about pronoun usage after a comma. The answer in that thread makes sense. However, is a pronoun required in situations where the comma's purpose is not to separate independent ...
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Correct comma usage in a list with groups similar items

Just trying to understand how to correctly punctuate a sentence which has several items which are all preceded with the colour red. I have a red apple, red strawberry, red pen and red book. How ...
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Commas with quotes that are inside a parenthesis [duplicate]

How would you punctuate the following and why? ("Grantor", whether one or more) OR ("Grantor," whether one or more)
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Comma when translating a single word e.g. "A gato ("cat" in Spanish) is a fluffy feline."

Would you put a comma in there? And why? A gato ("cat" in Spanish) is a fluffy feline. A gato ("cat," in Spanish) is a fluffy feline. A gato ("cat", in Spanish) is a ...
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Should we use commas in "Jen plays not only soccer but also dodgeball"?

I am wondering which of the following constructions is more accurate: Jen plays not only soccer but also dodgeball. Jen plays, not only soccer, but also dodgeball. Jen plays not only soccer, but also ...
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Commas between your names, Why? [duplicate]

My surname on my identity has a comma then states my first and middle names, why the comma after the surname?
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Should a period or comma be used before "instead" in "Because bananas are not orange, instead, bananas are yellow"?

Joe: This banana is orange. Niel: No, this banana is yellow. Joe: Why do you say that? Niel: Because bananas are not orange, instead, bananas are yellow. Joe: You think in a funny way. Another way ...
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Can I use a comma before "and" to show information at the end of a sentence only applies to the latter subject?

Take this sentence: It applies to EU institutions and national governments when implementing EU law The 'when implementing EU law' could be interpreted as being the case for both subjects (EU ...
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Proper punctuation in a sentence with a semicolon

Should this comma be included or omitted? The resources are rich; the lectures, helpful. Alternately, is it better to replace the comma with the word "are"? (I think it sounds better ...
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What's the proper way to start a sentence with the word "think"?

For example, when trying to describe a product or service on a landing page, how do you arrange the commas and quotes? Concrete example: [clip art describing your product here] Think, 'Uber meets ...
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Why isn't there a comma in "Unloose him Frodo!"?

I was rather shocked by the extremely sparse use of commas by Tolkien, but in most cases, it still falls "within reason". However, there is one place (so far) in The Two Towers which just ...
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Where should I place comma? "and thus" [duplicate]

I am a masters student studying wireless communication in Korea. While writing my paper, I have encountered a problem about how to use English punctuation (the inclusion or not of a comma). Can you ...
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Rules for the Last/Terminal Comma in a Long List

this is a question in the context of a novel, about the last/terminal comma after a long list that transitions into a verb and object. When do you put a comma after the last word/thing in a long list ...
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Commas in either/or sentences in the imperative mood

I'm working on a card game. I often come across the need to join two imperative statements with the correlative conjunction "either / or", like so: Either discard a card, or draw a card ...
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How to write a list of items, where the last item is a compound item? [duplicate]

I have a sentence that contains a list of items, and the last item in the list contains an "and" (e.g. like a pet shop may sell "hampsters" and "cat and dog beds", but ...
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Comma before "whether they be"

I have the following sentence: If your school doesn't offer AP courses, we recommend that you take the most challenging courses you can⁠—whether they be honors, IB, or even dual enrollment courses. ...
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Should I use a comma or a semi-colon in this situation? Why?

The sentence I am considering is: "The parties hereby agree to promptly complete all filings required to be filed under applicable law[, / ;] such filings to be completed in substantially the ...
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Independent clause between commas?

In the following sentence, which is the independent clause? Exercising four times a week, doctors claim, can help prevent heart disease. Is it “Exercising four times a week can help prevent heart ...
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A fundamental question on 'which'

A very simple but confusing question, really. I see a sentence in my past paper that goes, Ben intended to use the cars for his business in Egypt, where he had his place of business which was known ...
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does this sentence have too many commas?

I am currently writing my first paper in the field of computer science and having written the following sentence I wondered if there would be any missing commas "Then after a method has been ...
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Semicolon, comma, vs colon in list of size two

I have a sentence here. "The different types of switchgrass fall into two categories: upland and lowland." Can I replace the colon with a comma? Tonally, it sounds alright, but is it allowed ...
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comma and abbreviation in quotation marks

I couldn't find this answer anywhere!!!! When you end a quotation with an abbreviation, do you keep the comma or leave it out? Which sentence is correct? "I need to go see Bob Jr.," said ...
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Has comma been used to separate an interrupter or to separate a prepositional phrase in this sentence?

It had been tough, but now he was here, in front of the famous iron pillar. Prepositional - in front of the famous iron pillar Interrupter - but now he was here
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Should I add a comma in this sentence?

When are you leaving and how long are you going to stay there? It's from my English textbook. I remembered that If you want to connect two simple sentences into a compound sentence with "and&...
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Is there a name for separating two items with comma when listing them?

I noticed that journalists often write titles in which they connect two proper nouns (but not only those) with a comma, instead of using "and". Two examples: Poll shows gap between Le Pen, ...
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Should there be a comma between a noun and its adjective? [closed]

Can "A white paper" be written as "A paper, white"? Can "The nine planets" be written as "The planets, nine"?
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Can a comma be used at the end of a restrictive clause to separate two verbs? [duplicate]

Can/Should a comma be used at the end of a restrictive clause to separate two verbs (e.g. for clarity)? Everything that reduces the representative quality as copies of data are made, can be regarded ...
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Comma usage necessary for this type of omission?

...to represent the oppression of and the violence against women. I don't think I need commas here, but when I read this I would naturally leave a slight pause after "of" and "against&...
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Do l need a comma in this sentence?

To me, the following sentence is fine. But my colleague insists that l use a comma after the word "ancient". Archeologists discovered a unique, long, broken, ancient (?) Egyptian bronze ...
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Conditional clauses and serial commas [closed]

Once the coins have passed their expiry date, they will no longer be valid, and will not be reissued. Is this an example of a zero conditional sentence? Is the last comma acceptable? Is the tense ...
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How to use commas around 'well'

In the sentence: "He needs it to, well, do it" as if spoken words, are the commas correct? I'm trying to break up the sentence as you would when speaking, but I'm not sure if I only need the ...
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Comma to denote additional information that comes toward the end of a sentence and begins with a "-ing" word--is this a real comma rule?

Say I have the following sentence: The RES can be sprayed onto the burn wound, covering an area up to 80 times the size of the biopsy site. I have a few questions. 1.) Most importantly, the comma. ...
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Why did the writer use a comma in this construction?

Usually we don't use a comma before because, except when the comma is a must to clear the meaning of the sentence. But l wonder why Randolph Quirk in his CGEL, page 616, uses a comma before because in ...
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"Why, and how" VS "Why and how"

In my essay, I have a question like this: "Why, and how does the pH level affect the resulting popping boba?" My mom said that the comma after 'Why' was not needed, like this: "Why ...
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Using commas in a sentence that interjects "not" and continues with "but"

I have been struggling and googling to get the comma(s) right in the following simple sentence. Wherever I put it, it somehow seems wrong: It's a war, fought not with firepower, but with access to ...
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Comma usage with "despite" and with two independent clauses

I am trying to analyze the parts of the following sentence and I am stumped: According to last year's data, sales increased by 3.5% to 30 million US Dollars in 2019, and to 35 billion US Dollars in ...
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How to use commas in these particular situations [closed]

I am a mathematicians, and there are some "sentence structures" that constantly appear in my work. I have some doubt about how "commas" behave in them. I am well aware of the comma ...
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At the end of my surname, do I place a comma or full stop? [closed]

My name is Selwyn Goodman. I’m a logo design specialist with over 5 years experience working with start-up brands.
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If there is no reporting verb, would you still use comma in these constructions?

Usually, after a reporting verb, there is bound to be a comma, but what if the constructions are as follow: As if waiting for me to say that one sentence, Cornelia followed up with a request, “Welp, ...
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When I use a name or mention a person/character at the beginning of a sentence before referring to them via a pronoun, do I use a comma or semi-colon?

Here's the sentence example: And Lucy, she often goes for a run. And Lucy; she often goes for a run. Which is more appropriate? Thank you.
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When "I think" and "It would seem" appear offset by a comma at the end of a sentence, can they create a comma splice?

I am unsure whether what I have written below constitutes a comma splice error because of the addition of "it would seem" at the end. "He is a very clever man, almost too clever, it ...
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Comma concerning "in which" sentence

I would like to know how to set the comma(s) in this sentence? I visited a course in which we read the book "Heart of Darkness" approaching topics such as imperialism and eurocentrism.
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Subject-modifier-verb agreement [duplicate]

In the following sentence, is the verb 'have' appropriate? Is it not supposed to be 'has' ? The British council, in partnership with Microsoft philanthropies, have designed a course for young ...
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"I mean" in past tense narration is not "I meant" but is it the same for other similar construction? [closed]

My question is quite simple: I have seen a lot of construction that start with "I mean," and here are a few examples: I mean, you don't have to go to the dance. I mean, it wasn't like you ...
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Comma needed before "as does"? [closed]

Should I write this without a comma: The evidence from this study suggests that stroke may impose a comparable risk on the survival of older patients as do heart attack due to the close resemblance ...
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