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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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“Where Bob and Bob alone is …” with or without commas?

Does grammar dictate the need for commas in the phrase "... where Bob and Bob alone is ..."? In other words, is it necessary to add commas around "and Bob alone": ... where Bob, ...
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Commas before 'nor' and 'because'

I don't know if commas in this sentence are needed or not: They did not manage to go to the gallery nor took a trip to the shore because John can't stand heat. I feel like a comma isn't needed ...
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Comma and Emdashes

Would this sentence be correct: I hope we get to know each other well, Brittney--through study dates, dinners, or events. Basically, could I mix and match the comma and the emdash placements?
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Is this the correct usage of commas in Alice in Wonderland?

Reading Alice in Wonderland, I noticed a strange use of commas: The only things in the kitchen that did not sneeze, were the cook, and a large cat which was sitting on the hearth and grinning from ...
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Are the commas in both of these sentences grammatical?

Are the commas in both I'm able to understand it, and it's understandable. and I'm able to afford it, for it's affordable. grammatical, or is the comma in the first sentence somewhat of a comma ...
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Do I need the comma after the opening adjective?

The sentence is: There, it continues to attract visitors. vs There it continues to attract visitors. I saw the second example on the grammar section of a standardized test and I thought they made ...
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Commas before and after “therefore” but not before and after “also”

Consider the following sentences: The shirt is pink and is, therefore, very stylish. The shirt is pink and is also very stylish. In the first sentence, I feel as though I need to use commas around ...
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Comma usage in introductory sentences like “for the first two years” [duplicate]

My Office Word programme says that a comma is required in both the following sentences where included (according to Word, these use introductory 'sentences'). However, as English learners, we are ...
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Help needed with commas in a sentence

I am struggling to properly use commas in the following sentence. It was the invention of integrated circuits in 1949 which made the smartphones that we use today possible. I think I should right it ...
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Comma Use for Predicate Nominative where One Nominative Has a Compound Adjective

How does comma placement work in the following sentence? The key to a healthy business is a healthy culture and a trusted and relevant brand.
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Is an Oxford comma used before the last item in a series of three of more clauses, or just three or more noun/noun phrases?

Everything I read about the Oxford comma says that it is a comma used before the last item in a series of three of more terms, and one may choose to use it. But I'm unsure what is meant by "items&...
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Does the em dash take precedence over the comma?

In a sentence like: While I would love to do A, I cannot wait to do B. If I add a set-off clause right before the comma, which of these is correct? While I would love to do A—for reasons X—I cannot ...
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Use of a joining comma with a sentence with a single subject and two verbs

I've come across a few examples on this website, but I am confused as to why some of them are correct and others are not. Apparently, the following is correct. Agnes robbed the bank, and then she ...
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Comma use: Finally, only 10% of patients, being not admitted to hospital care, received rehabilitation

Finally, only 10% of patients, being not admitted to hospital care, received rehabilitation. Finally, only 10% of patients, not admitted to hospital care, received rehabilitation. How should I use ...
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Can you add a comma at the end of a line to continue the quotation to the next line?

He leaned down whispering, "Will you stay?"
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Adding a comma when “setting the scene/state” in a sentence

It has been my understanding that, when "setting the scene/state" in a sentence, even if doing so after the word "that", it is good grammar/punctuation to use a comma to delineate ...
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Is a semicolon or comma more appropriate in this case?

I'm wondering whether a semicolon or comma is more appropriate for the following phrase: Whether or not it succeeds depends on the third option; namely, how well the program computes the values. ...
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Is the comma correct in the sentence?

I would like you to help me to explain the usage of the comma before "was" in this famous quote from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I've already looked through many grammar textbooks but ...
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Do I need to use a comma before “but” in these examples?

Pull you in, but don't you get too close Love you now, but not tomorrow Wrong to steal, but not to borrow Pull you in, but don't you get too close
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Meaning of the sentence “the body was found murdered by John”

Which of the two versions Mr.S. was found murdered, by John Mr.S. was found, murdered by John means that John found the body and which one means that John was the murderer?
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Is a comma needed after “in essence”? [closed]

In the following sentence, should there be a comma before and after "in essence"? Reddit, in essence an outlet for writers, poets and readers, has emerged as one of the leading hubs for ...
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Suspicious comma suggested by comma grammar checking software [duplicate]

I was using a grammar correction software to review an article. The software suggests to insert a comma in the following text: In each part, the warping function creates feature maps of the input ...
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The contract allowed the defendant to deliver apples or oranges, and therefore was not breached upon delivery of oranges

I still don't grasp how the comma in the embolded sentence below "is technically incorrect". It can be rewritten without the comma as The contract allowed the defendant to deliver apples ...
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Why does an author use a comma in the sentence? [duplicate]

I need your help. I’ve been learning English for now almost 3 years and can say with confidence that I’m quite good at it – although sometimes struggle with punctuation. I’ve got two sentences (taken ...
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Commas or long dash: Used quarter-long,— three-month,— gasoline use was analysed

Is there a difference between the two sentences? One using long-dashes and the second commas Used quarter-long — three-month — gasoline use was analysed. Used quarter-long, three-month, gasoline use ...
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Using the same word for twice in a single sentence [duplicate]

Each sensor from the skeleton has different orientation values and each sensor is rotated individually to match the world coordinate system. Each sensor from the skeleton has different orientation ...
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Usage of comma before ‘but’ in a long / complex sentence

I’m subtitling a spoken word piece, and the phrase, which is an answer to a question, is Identifying and accepting something not in its true form but as something else. I think there should be a ...
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Comma before “by integrating…”

This study presents a novel statistical approach for detecting disparities on different levels in the economy**,** by integrating AC and UF analytical methods. Should I use a comma before "by ...
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Should I use a comma with a phrase and clause modifying the same noun?

There were things strewn on the floor which the child could have put in his mouth. Should I use a comma here? Without one, it looks like it's saying the child could have put the floor in its mouth.
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but before we do so and commas [closed]

I have a sentence that is structured like: We need to perform a database cleanup, but before we do so, we were wondering if we could... Is this the correct use of commas? Or would the proper use be ...
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Comma before “as well as” in a series

I am writing a text in which I use the serial comma ("Oxford comma"). Example: She used to play with Ben, Alice, and Tom. Do I still need a comma if I replace the and with as well as? ...
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Can I omit the comma in this sentence? [duplicate]

Can I omit the comma before "and" since " through December 31, 2020" is applicable to both parts of the sentence? I'm afraid that if I put a comma here readers can think that only ...
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How would I punctuate a sentence structured in this way? [closed]

Let me start by saying I am not good at grammar by any means. I am prone to run-on sentences and comma splices, so this sentence is most likely rubbish. But, here it is: "In this reading, ...
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Sentence beginning with “Between [year] and [year] ”

I’ve just been told it is wrong to put a comma after an “introductory time period”, for example: “Between 1990 and 2003, diligent seekers found hundreds of incorrectly placed commas in all manner of ...
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Is the term 'at least' okay to use here?

I am a little confused about using the term 'at least'. Please see the sentence below and let me know if I have used this term appropriately or if there is a better alternative. Would it okay if I ...
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vocative comma when talking

If I say, "IwilldocardiologyHoney........Will I get richer today? By default, since there is no increased pause between cardiology and Honey, must the words "I will do cardiology" ...
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vocative comma by default

If I say, "I will go skiing Nonna....." By default are the words preceding Nonna being addressed to Nonna? Or can I argue that my words preceding Nonna are not being addressed to Nonna, but ...
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punctuating speech - comma versus period

If I said, "I will go fishing John will I go shopping today." If I take "Will I go shopping today" to be a separate sentence on its own. Is there a way of punctuating it so that ...
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Usage of comma vs. semicolon for combining two clauses in a caption

I have a short piece of text used as an image caption. Here is how it looks right now: A picture of a painting of the Brooklyn Bridge by Aubrey Caron, reproduced here with permission from Aubrey ...
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Comma before nonessential clause ending a sentence

Is it correct to place a comma before a nonessential relative clause ending a sentence? For example I met Katherine Jankowski, who is a world-renowned engineer. Is the comma here correct? I have ...
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Comma usage in thanking a person for multiple actions: “thank you for doing A, and for doing B”

I am writing the Acknowledgments section in my thesis. Which, if any, of the following is correct? "Jane Doe, thank you for caring for your students as people and for always taking the time to ...
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Comma before ‘with love’

Is it necessary to add a comma in: ‘To Dad, with love’ or can it be ‘To Dad with love’? Especially if this going to be a title.
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Where does the comma go when you have a prepositional phrase and a relative clause modifying the same noun?

I created a handout for clients that explains our policy. "for clients" is a prepositional phrase, and "that explains our policy" is a relative clause. Both modify "handout&...
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Grammatical Rules of Construction. Conjunction-reduction

I'm struggling to understand the meaning of certain phrases that follow a particular pattern. Since I lack the vocabulary to define that pattern, I'll give some examples instead: The pet-friendly ...
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Is a 'comma' before 'such as' needed?

I have searched the Internet and know about using or not using commas before 'such as'. If the phrase is nonrestrictive, then a comma is needed otherwise not. However, at certain times I am still ...
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Is this punctuation correct? And what type of clause is this?

I have this sentence which I wanted to investigate grammatically for correctness. He is very uneducated, which is why he cannot find work. Is the comma correct here? Also, is "which is why he ...
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Comma usage in complex sentences with 2 conjuctions

TL;DR - Can we use 2 commas if there are 2 conjunctions in a sentence. Hi Everyone, I apologize if this has been asked before, but I need to know if the comma usage in the following sentence is ...
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Can the comma before “or” be removed when it provides extra information that could be similar to what has already been said?

For instance, would removing the comma be incorrect in "the painting was painted in 1862, or the 19th century"?
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Comma vs semicolon for “This is not a war, it's a revolution.”

I understand that they are both independent clauses. Therefore, a semicolon should theoretically be used: This is not a war; it's a revolution. However, I think it reads a little weird. And seeing ...
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Setting Off Participles With Commas

I'm stuck on whether it's good style to use a comma to set off a participle by itself from the rest of the main clause: e.g. Alice walked out of the burning school(,) crying, and joined the crowd of ...

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