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Questions tagged [commas]

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 between clauses with understood subject? [on hold]

I write a lot of active commands. When you have a sentence like this: Key in the text and press Enter. Should there be a comma after text? There is an understood subject for both: "You key in the ...
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Colon needed after # sign and cmma affter file #? [on hold]

Can someone please tell me if a comma is needed after the "#" in the two instances below. Further, is a comma needed after "File # 123456"? I, John Smith, Service # 000 000 000; File # 123456, would ...
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Comma or no in a two item list where those items are phrases

I am editing some copy, and I'm not sure how to handle these examples. Here is the structure that concerns me: As a consequence of the magic curse, the cakes dance the salsa[,] and the birds eat ...
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Using “correspondingly” at the end of a sentence

The election for each office shall be held every two years correspondingly. In this example, the sentence refers to a previous sentence stating that elections are to be held every two years. My ...
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Is a comma required here (participial phrase)?

Free press was eliminated ensuring that nothing negative about the Nazis could be published. Free press was eliminated , ensuring that nothing negative about the Nazis could be published. Now, ...
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Comma vs. Colon - single sentences? [closed]

Which would be correct Let’s look at your final scorecard, General Ignorance. Let’s look at your final scorecard: General Ignorance. And can you cite why your response is correct? Thank you
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Comma here? “The store is impressive, yet thoughtful, and it feels like home”

"The store is impressive, yet thoughtful, and it feels like home." or "The store is impressive yet thoughtful, and it feels like home." I'm not sure because it's qualifying something and seems "...
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When to use mid-sentence commas when adding a formal name

Where is it appropriate to insert a comma when putting a persons name in the middle of a sentence, such as when writing an email or letter. Is it really before AND after? Examples: Thank you for ...
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Comma placement before 'we have' [duplicate]

Consider a sentence of the type: There exists x1 such that for all x2, x3, x4, and x5, we have that p holds true. Are the comma placements correct?
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Commas around speech

Which is correct: I told myself "I must go onward" or I told myself , "I must go onward!" I can't decide whether to include the comma or not.
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Comma before “while”

I've been taught that while proceeded by a comma means "whereas", and that when it is not, is interpreted to mean "at the same time". I wanted to ensure I was correct not to include a comma in the ...
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Punctuation for imagined/interpreted content in narrative

He had a look that said "I hate you". He had a look that said 'I hate you'. He had a look that said, "I hate you". He had a look that said, 'I hate you'. He had a look that said "I hate you." He had a ...
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Question about comma use, coordinating conjunctions

I am very weak with my grammar and apologize in advance for this stupid questions. This is not verbatim the actual context, because it is relatively classified. However, I added new content that is ...
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Comma after given year [on hold]

Can someone kindly tell me if a comma needed after the year "1991" in the sentence below: "Since its debut in 1991 as Canada's first clinical master's program, The School of Physical Therapy at The ...
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Comma after “some”?

Is a comma needed after the word "some" in the sentence below? Some, such as the psychology of children have provided insight into the unique challenges neglected children face. Thank you, Alex
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To put a comma in this sentence or no? [duplicate]

She said, "I like dogs." He said, "I like cats." I would like to combine these two sentences. Do I put a period after dogs? Is it She said, "I like dogs." and he said, "I like cats." or She ...
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Using Comma to Separate Time [on hold]

For example, which sentence below is correct? 1) I am riding with Pat, Saturday or 2) I am riding with Pat Saturday
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Comma before where?

Is a comma needed before the word "where" in the following sentence? In 2015, I embarked on a paid position working at The Hospital of Sick Kids where I supported children with autism. Thank you!
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Comma after “first-hand” [closed]

Is a comma needed after first-hand? I witnessed first-hand the genuine enjoyment these boys gained from socializing with one another. Thank you, Alex
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Comma after “among others”?

Is the comma placement after word "others' in the sentence below correct? He came to experience chronic pain, balance difficulties and among others, sensitivity to light. Thank you
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Comma before “that” in following sentence

Is a comma needed the before word "that" in the sentence below? The notion of a dependent and an independent clause comes to mind. It was only after I took the time to sit down and discuss the ...
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Comma needed after “months”?

Is a comma needed after the word "months" in the following sentence? Over the course of several months he was subjected to a battery of diagnostic tests and assessments. Thank you!
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Is there a comma after the name of a province/state

Is this sentence correctly punctuated, specifically, is there a comma after the words "British Columbia"? He had only recently relocated to the port city of Victoria, British Columbia after being ...
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Need for comma after word “months”

Is a comma needed after the word months? Over the course of several months he was subjected to a battery of diagnostic tests and assessments.
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Is a comma needed between these two adjectives? “tall white counter”

Is the following sentence correctly punctuated (specifically, is a comma needed between "tall" and "white"? Beyond them was a rather tall white counter, and seated behind it sat the doctor's ...
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Is the folllowing sentence correctly punctuated?

Could someone please tell me if I've correctly punctuated the following sentence (specifically, if I've correctly used the dash and commas highlighted bloew)? Also, is the period at the end of the ...
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Use of comma before the words “irregardless”, “where” and after a period in time

I'm unsure as to whether or not to include a comma within the two sentences outlined below (I've bolded the specific sections). In the first sentence, I have a feeling a dash might be more appropriate....
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Comma before “as” and “where”

Can someone kindly help me determine if a comma is needed within the following two sentences? It also challenged me to think creatively, as I frequently had to modify or reinvent traditional ...
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Is this a restrictive clause that doesn't need a comma before it?

I'm confused by the following. S1: He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in USA, which facilitated his success in Z. Is "SwimFest-X in USA" restricting "...
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Difference between “which” and “, which”?

Is there a difference between the following two sentences? She read the document which upset me. She read the document, which upset me.
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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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How can I say “usually one, sometimes multiple” at the end of a sentence?

I'm struggling with this sentence fragment: “...and produces usually one, sometimes multiple, binary outputs.” Is this grammatically incorrect? Is there a better way to structure this? Here is the ...
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Should there be a comma after the last item in the list in this sentence?

I am referring to the comma in the parentheses. What is the consensus? Mortgage credit risk manager responsible for credit risk appetite, portfolio analytics, and proforma p&l modeling(,) for ...
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Comma usage when combining both “, say,” and “, for example,”

Considered on their own, I think all of these would be correct/accepted/common (right?): We could require a minimum score of, say, 3. We could require a minimum score of, let's say, 3. We ...
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Is the bolded comma needed in this sentence?

Shortly before he murders Duncan in effort to usurp the throne**,** Macbeth experiences a hallucination of the dagger that will be used to dispatch King Duncan.
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Should a comma come before 'you' in this sentence?

I'm wondering whether a comma should precede the pronoun 'you' in the sentence examples below: That's not how the computer works, you fool. Thanks for the assignment tips, you saviour. Whenever I ...
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restrictive relative pronoun clause and antecedent

The Plaintiff claims that the Defendant, MICHAEL DOE, owed a duty to the Plaintiff, which duty was breached by the said Defendant, the particulars of which breach are as follows: (a) driving ...
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Punctuation: Comma

Which one is correct? "My name is Karl, and I'll be helping you today." "My name is Karl and I'll be helping you today."
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Correct Comma Usage with String of “or”

Is this comma usage correct with the sentence? I placed them more to add a pause after each listed item, but if it is grammatically incorrect I'm not sure I want to use it. "It wasn’t wandering down ...
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Comma in the introductory words

Which one is a correct one: With this letter I intend to... or With this letter, I intend to...
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Commas around both sides of prepositional phrase?

I'm not sure what to call this sort of prepositional phrase, but this sort seems to interrupt the thought to add clarification. I almost want to call it an interjectional prepositional phrase. Some ...
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Should there be comma here? “As a tutor running the weekly physics help room, I help students…”

As a tutor running the weekly physics help room I help students taking their first steps in understanding new and difficult concepts, be that torque for the non-major introductory course or Lorentz ...
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W and X, and Y and Z - Comma placement?

"Dave and Sarah, and Fred and Jane" Should there be a comma and if there should be, is it in the correct place?
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How to punctuate 2 items in a list?

Does the rule of the oxford comma change when there are merely two items in a list? For example, dogs, and cats or would it be dogs and cats?
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Is this a correct usage of a semicolon: It's not that I don't care; it's that I care too much?

I could see case here for a colon: It's not that I don't care: it's that I care too much. Or even a comma: It's not that I don't care, it's that I care too much.
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Please, is a comma required after the word 'lists'?

I have written many poems, topped lists and helped other poets. Also, is a comma required after the word 'wells' here? I spent years trimming flowers, digging wells and doing dishes.
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Help with parenthetical phrase

first time poster here. Can someone help me with comma placement in the following sentence: Margaret loved music, especially the compositions of Joseph Haydn, which inspired in her an irresistible ...
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“like it like you” vs “like it, like you”

My husband and I have discussed for an hour over this and we still haven’t agreed. Please help! Do these two sentences have different meanings? (A) She doesn’t like it like you. (B) She doesn’...
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Can I use a comma before “for” in this sentence [closed]

Is there any reason why I can't use a comma before "for" in this sentence? See Section 3.1, for further detail on MBI incidents. My reason? Its easier to read with the comma when reading through ...
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I'm using three questions in a list inside quotation marks, would I separate with a comma, semicolon, or nothing? Are the question marks even needed? [duplicate]

A sentence with a list of questions inside quotation marks, how do I separate them? I can't find a solid answer anywhere. Option 1: In simple terms, Naikan is based on three questions: “What have I ...