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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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Colon or comma: there are plenty of options [: , ] from X to Y [duplicate]

Is a comma or a colon the correct punctuation of the following sentence? There are plenty of meals from which to choose /// from pasta to steak. At the break between clauses, denoted by /// it ...
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comma use for brief pause

Isn't a comma needed after "aggressive" in the sentence below? If so, what would the rule be? I think it's for a brief pause, but I cannot find a solid answer on Google. Through the years my media ...
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Comma usage in a sentence

LiveText at NLU will also be very helpful because if I need any technical support, they are available via phone. Is the comma after support required?
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Use of the word “rather”

One of our teachers wrote the following sentence in his Parent Orientation handout: We will not be learning these subjects daily rather they will be learned weekly as follows: Should there be a ...
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Need help with comma placement in relation to sense of sentence

I'm puzzling over the following sentence from a chapter I'm proofreading: "We all have homes, and jobs to go to in the morning." My brief is to only make changes where it is absolutely necessary i.e....
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Comma between two clauses

I want to find out why there is no comma between two clauses in this sentence and what is the grammar rule for it. But the curious thing was that while he was doing so (,) a totally different ...
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What is the best way to say and use commas in “Missing items in, or damages to, your room”?

If there are missing items in, or damages to, your room at the start of the year, you may incur a fine. My question is about whether or not there is a grammatical term or rule for what I'm trying to ...
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Comma or no comma between two independent clauses

Why is there no comma before and in the sentence below? One, you can see the covering over the wiring is a little frayed and you can start seeing the wires below it.
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Correct usage of comma- Specific sentence

I don't have a choice but to reply since I try my best to dispel hate, which you're proficient at. I wanted to know if the use of a comma is appropriate in the above sentence? What does the sentence ...
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Comma before “as” when it is a conjunction [duplicate]

Between two independent clauses, should one put a comma before the conjunction as? I went to the store as there was no milk in the refrigerator. If because replaced as as the conjunction, would ...
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Gapping comma in a list

Consider the following sentence: The baker may seem to be a gentleman, the butcher may seem to be a rascal, and the candlestick maker may seem to be a fool. Since the verb phrase "may seem to be" ...
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Where to put the comma? That's exactly what John aims to and in result, he developed this amazing roadmap

What's the right sentence? That's exactly what John aims to and in result, he developed this amazing roadmap. or That's exactly what John aims to, and in result he developed this amazing roadmap. ...
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Due to the rain the children didn't go out an play [duplicate]

Should it be: Due to the rain the children didn't go out and play. Or Due to the rain, the children didn't go out and play. This question has come up before, but I can't find an answer that ...
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Should there be a comma before “so” in the following sentence?

Consider the following sentence. JS-- is an optimizing compiler for the good parts of JavaScript, which helps programmers write efficient and type-safe code so they can develop better quality ...
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I don't understand this sentence in Baldur's Gate

Thus, it was a dark day when King Greneire and his horde of 150,000 orcs appeared on the plains outside the Citadel of Many Arrows. King Obould announced to his followers that this horde had ...
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Using Commas/ Comma Placement

Does a comma need to be put behind a month if a year follows? i.e. I will be graduating in May(,) 2021.
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How do you punctuate “ So basically” when it appears at the beginning of the sentence?

How should I write it: So, basically, we had to pay the fine. So basically we had to pay the fine. So, basically we had to pay the fine. OR So basically, we had to pay the ...
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Comma usage, unsure if it is because of a free modifier or not required at all

"Norwegian limped behind, with only three-quarters of its seats filled." Is there a comma here because the second half of the sentence is a "free modifier" referring to the beginning or the sentence? ...
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A comma before “and consequently?” After “and?” After “consequently?”

Consider the following example: Apples are healthy and consequently serve as a powerful tool in preventing diseases. Where should I place a comma (or commas) in the above sentence? If I change the ...
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which is the proper use capital letters after a comma [closed]

Which of these two sentences is the proper way to write. Hi betty, thank you or Hi Betty, Thank you
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Is “As a member of a rescue team” a dependent clause and does it therefore warrant a comma after it?

I want to know whether the sentence As a member of the rescue team, I had a terrifying experience. is correct with the comma after the "as"-clause. From my understanding it boils down to the ...
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How is this solved?! is it Essential or Non-Essential? [duplicate]

while I've been prepping for the SAT using The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar Workbook by Erica L. Meltzer I encountered this question: Sentence: Before a vaccine was finally discovered by an ...
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Correct usage with commas and conjunctions [duplicate]

He won the race, though he never made the grade. He was charged with fraud; though, these charges were dropped in court. Any difference in usage with though in these examples? In the sense one looks ...
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Comma in “last but not least”

I saw that "last but not least" are almost always written without a comma (we could write "last, but not least"). Is it an exception made especially for this sentence or is there some rule allowing us ...
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Where, if any, should commas be appropriately placed in a sentence using the phrase “and from there”?

For instance, if the sentence was something along the lines of: "I wanted to take the train to your place and from there Uber to the venue." Would that be fine as is, or is there a comma or two that ...
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Should I put a comma after “well”? [duplicate]

Good news. Peter is doing well(,) considering the circumstances.
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Can “either” be used as an adverb, and if so does it require, allow, or prohibit the use of a comma when so used?

Can either be used as an adverb, and if so, does it always take a comma when it is? And is the following statement correct in congruence with my question? I believe there is some mistake that I don't ...
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Are the commas necessary in this type of sentence?

Here's the sentence: From what I could see, Brom's facial expression turned from a neutral look, to a surprised one, and then to displeasure. I feel that no commas are necessary when in the form, "...
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Comma between proper noun and day name

In this recent CNN article, I found the following sentence: It was one of two incidents involving South Korea, Tuesday. It seems the comma is intentionally being used to separate the two proper ...
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Should I put a comma before and or not in this sentence?

This law, is also very bad tourism as well, and needs to be removed since our country is being opened up for tourism. Should I remove the comma before and or keep it? is there anything else wrong ...
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Implied first person as a subject of a sentence and using semicolons?

I am writing my professional profile on my CV and questioning a couple of things. As it's my CV, each bullet point places me as the subject, and I don't want to explicitly point this out every ...
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Should a sentence have a comma before the quotation when the quotation is given an indefinite article?

See the following: I heard the man shout out a, “Good luck, lad!” Should there be a comma after a? Thanks!
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Comma between two embedded relative clauses introduced by a verb, starting with relative pronouns, and connected with a conjunction?

Consider the following sentence: But the question of how to make sure that software is written effectively(,) and at the same time that it works correctly in all cases is bothering many software ...
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Is comma before 'and even' needed?

Consider the following sentence: Many businesses in the service sector, such as banks and insurance companies(,) and even telecommunication companies, use software intensively. In British English, ...
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Comma required or not

I was writing the below sentence and I'm puzzled which one would be the correct sentence. In my humble opinion, 2nd sentence looks wrong as comma is not required. Second part of the sentence "I ...
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Why the comma is used in the sentence by Jane Austen [duplicate]

I cannot understand the usage of comma after "chapel" in this sentence: Its long, damp passages, its narrow cells and ruined chapel, were to be within her daily reach, and she could not entirely ...
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Is a comma after the word introduced by 'let alone' in the middle of a sentence needed?

Consider the following British-English sentence: It is difficult for the decision-makers to believe, let alone accept(,) that the increased hardware-security would outweigh the production loss ...
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Which one is correct? With a comma or without a comma

I was writing a sentence, and I later realized that this sentence might need punctuation. Which one would be the correct sentence: with a comma or without a comma Below are the topics we will be ...
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Confused about the following list [duplicate]

"The lessons coming out of Baltimore, the lessons coming out of France's large cities, the lessons coming out of all our societies show that neighbourhoods matter, place matters, where you live ...
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Comma before 'if' in maths definition

I wonder if there is clear guidance about the following construction: We say that a foo admits a bar, if baz is quz. I feel that the comma before if breaks the structure of the sentence, and ...
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Comma needed or not? [closed]

I was reading an article and found the below sentence: I met Ruhail through Facebook last year but I hadn’t saved his number as I didn’t want my parents to know. I believe the author missed commas ...
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Is the use of comma in this sentence correct?

I think one of the uses of the comma is to separate independent clauses, but in this sentence, a comma is put in between the preposition phrase "from..to". The punishment ranges from reducing an ...
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What do you do with a comma that would come after a dash?

One common use of em dashes is to offset parenthetical phrases. But if a comma outside the parenthetical phrase immediately follows the parenthetical, what do you do with the comma? I realize that ...
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Why isn't there a comma put here? explain to me please [duplicate]

I usually 100% of the time put a comma here. Since there is the conjunction being "but" and a subject straight after being "they" meaning that it's essential to put a comma, however, I've been told a ...
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Should two independent clauses separated by “and” also have a comma even when used in parantheses with the phrase “you know”?

My question deals specifically with this example: I was extremely excited, so it was hard for me even to grab the doorknob and turn it—I kept on missing and my hand was shaking, you see—but once I ...
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Oxford comma with nonessential phrases

So, I've got the following list containing a nonessential phrase ("ultimately"), non-Oxford comma: stifling curiosity, creativity and, ultimately, progress. Is it then correct, when converted to ...
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Commas, em dashes, or nothing at all?

To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of… Should this phrase have a comma (or an em dash) before 'solely' and after 'race' or ...
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Should I use a comma before “who” in this sentence, or can it be written without that comma?

Which of the following is correctly written as far as its comma (or lack of comma) is concerned? People who love their jobs can easily excel in their fields of work than those, who put salary on the ...
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Punctuation for 'and therefore', 'and as a result' etc when they don't introduce an independent clause

I have seen similar questions regarding 'and therefore' when it introduces an independent clause, and the favourite seems to be '..., and, therefore, ...' to punctuate without making 'therefore' the ...
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Why a punctuation is used in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm puzzled on why a comma is used in this sentence. "He showed admirable restraint, and refused to be provoked." Independent and Dependent clause logic doesn't work here. I saw this on Cambridge ...