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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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Proper punctuation for include, but are not limited to

I am writing my thesis and am struggling with punctuation for this sentence: The set of primitive actions these agents can perform include but are not limited to move, attach and clear. First I ...
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Is this the correct usage of a comma?

The parties were living together until 3/24/20, which is when Janet moved out. Is the comma used correctly here?
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Am I properly using commas here?

The president states that, after he read the memo, he felt very disturbed. Is the first comma necessary?
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What is the correct way to use commas in this sentence?

I have a hard time correctly placing commas in sentences such as the one presented below. What is the correct usage of commas here and are there any simple rules I can memorize for this? The sentence ...
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verb-with-preposition and verb-with-other-preposition

Abstruse algorithms have been derived for, and implemented in, superfluous software --- correct? readable? better with or without commas?
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How do I punctuate dimensions in this sentence that uses lbs. feet and inches?

For example, Nat Young’s Surfboard. 8’5”, 14lbs. circa 1969 Is the comma in the correct place?
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Why is a comma used here when paraphrasing a talking point?

I was reading this article, and I came across this sentence: In a quieter response, the University of Minnesota announced that it was immediately limiting its links with the Minneapolis Police ...
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Comma before “particularly”? [duplicate]

For instance, the availability of pornography on the internet is the main cause(,) particularly for men to become ignorant to the pursuit of romantic relationships in the real-world. Would I put a ...
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Why do I need a comma before but if the sentence after is not an independent clause?

I wrote this sentence in a response. I liked the amount of time between the lab and the project but not the amount of time on lectures. According to Grammarly, I need a comma before the word "but"...
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Why is a comma used here instead of a semi-colon?

I'm doing some khan academy SAT practice and I came across this question. I can't figure out why the answer I chose is incorrect, and the correct answer is correct. I would really appreciate if you ...
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Usage of a phrase: “like hell”

Edited: "Like hell, I'll be there." "Like hell I'll be there." I'd appreciate fellow English speakers' opinion on how different these two sentences above sound. The only difference here is the comma ...
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commas in English speech

I know commas can make a big difference in the meaning and interpretation of sentences. However, in speech, when we speak out loud, how does the listener interpret sentences if there is no punctuation....
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What is the correct way to punctuate this text?

I would like to know your thoughts on how to correctly punctuate this text: One of the most visited places here in Manila is Binondo, often referred to as the business capital at the time, before ...
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Is a comma after initials (inside quotation marks) correct?

I feel like I am wrong, but a set of initials placed inside quotations marks followed by a comma looks incorrect (at least in my case). Here is my sentence: One woman, with the initials “K.R.”, ...
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Is it grammatically correct to have multiple clauses and prepositions?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct and if so, are the commas necessary? Exclude anyone who's inactive at, or opposed to, the event. If not, is it grammatically correct to instead use ...
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Placing comma inside or outside of quotation marks in mid-sentence

When emphasizing a word with quotes in the middle of the sentence, do you put the commma before or after quotation marks? Example: heard a lot about the word "quarantine," referring to preventive
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Usage of. comma

1) I bought a tie and a shirt and a hat. 2) I bought a tie, a shirt, and a hat. Are both 1 and 2 correct? Please let me know the difference between 1 and 2.
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Is the comma correct? Or should it be two separate sentences or should I use a semicolon? [closed]

Is the comma correct in the following statement? Stay skeptical of news about foreign countries, especially news about countries with which we are not allied.
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Should a comma come before “after”?

I finally arrived home after having driven all day. Should a comma come before "after"?
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Is the comma correct in the following news title or should I leave it out?

This Is Why Statistics Matter, and It's Why You Should Care
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Where do you put a comma?

Does anyone know where a comma should go in the following sentence? Sentence: I walked to school and when I got there I saw a big cat. Examples: I walked to school, and when I got there, I saw a big ...
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What is the correct way to punctuate a sentence with a laughter interjection?

I would like to know your thoughts on how to correctly punctuate this sentence: When people comment how sipag or consistent I am working out during this time, I shrug it off because a. I don’t take ...
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Does the comma go inside or outside the end quote when the subject speaks and then does an action [duplicate]

I have the following sentence and am struggling to work out where the comma goes. Should it be: She said, 'I understand', and walked away. or She said, 'I understand,' and walked away. Many ...
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Can we use a comma before “and” if it precedes a dependent clause?

Here is an example from Longman dictionary, We are new to the London area, and would like to eat in restaurants or visit pubs with others. My question is that since the second clause "would like ...
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Did I properly use a comma before a preposition

The parties were awarded joint custody, with primary residence being with the mother.
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Usage of comma with “thanks”

Which of the following sentences is correct, and why? Thank you Bob for scheduling the call. I look forward to speaking with you tomorrow at 4pm. Thank you, Bob for scheduling the call. I look ...
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a comma between day of week and day of month

Should I use a comma writing a date in the format of day of week and day of month only? The month is known from the context, so the date is, for example, "Thursday, 7"
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It’s his manner I dislike, more than anything else. [comma]

ldoceonline.com: (1) It’s his manner I dislike, more than anything else. As I understand, it's an it-cleft deriving from "I dislike his manner more than anything else." But I can't understand why ...
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Understanding the implied meaning without comma [duplicate]

Here is the sentence: "General Martin Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman who just wrapped up a visit to Afghanistan, was asked whether he foresees North Korea taking military action ...
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Interpreting a sentence with multiple commas and “and” conjunction

I am confused over the highlighted statement: and his 200,000-strong army composed of mostly Mongol soldiers at the second Battle of Ningyuan in the paragraph below. Yuan Chonghuan (6 June 1584 – ...
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Do you always need commas after dialogue tags and detailed locations?

I have a couple of questions about commas. If you quote a short sentence, can you omit the comma after the dialogue tag as a matter of style? For instance: Whenever I come home, I always say "...
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using multiple commas in a sentence

I wrote this sentence in a letter, but I am not confident about the use of multiple commas. The sentence probably lacks proper use of articles as well. “Due to the halved frequency of this route, ...
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Which one is correct in a sentence: “Thanks, name” or “Thanks name,” [duplicate]

Which one is correct in formal email writing? In Google, I could not find the complete sentence which includes name. Thanks David, for letting me know. or Thanks, David for letting me know.
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Structuring a conditional sentence by commata

I have a question on some specific sentence and its punctuation. The sentence in question is: [...] Hence, the only relevant information is, if such an unary language part is infinite, and if not, ...
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Listing two sets of times. 8 months, 7 days since we ____ and 1 years, 3 months, 24 days since we first began to ___

I'm trying to write out a sentence with two sets of times. 6 months, 3 days since we ____ and 1 years, 4 months, 28 days since we first began ______. This just doesn't feel right to me.
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“Tired of” or “tired from”? [duplicate]

Which is correct to say... are you not tired of being in pain because of football or are you not tired from being in pain because of football?
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Do I need to add comma in a sentence joined with “and with that”

User experience design industry evolved and with that the need for consistent design and centralized design rollouts. OR User experience design industry evolved and with that, the need for ...
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Comma use in Microsoft Word

I feel like I'm always bristling at Word's suggestions to remove commas. Here's the sentence I'm currently unsure about: Virtual social events are a good way to meet new people, and hosting a ...
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Shoot first, ask questions later - Semicolon or comma

In the idiom "shoot first, ask questions later", should the clauses be separated by a comma or semicolon? There are many derivations from that idiom to the point at which it has become a trope, but I'...
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Comma before “which” in the following sentence? [duplicate]

I can't seem to determine whether or not the second half of the sentence below is restrictive or non-restrictive and thus, whether or not a comma is needed? While it doesn't seem necessary, it does ...
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When do you put the comma before “like” in a list

Is there any difference between putting a comma or omitting it when you say "like" in a list? For example, in the phrase "While I was visiting the zoo, I saw many different animals, like zebras, ...
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What are you, laughing? vs. What, are you laughing?

Please watch this clip of the movie Ant-Man, starting at 1:29. In the clip, the girl laughs at Ant-Man, who then retorts: What are you laughing? Where should you put the comma, after What or you? ...
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What are the different ways to punctaute “therefore”

I have been wondering the different ways to punctuate "therefore." "The population became larger as time went on, therefore increasing the need for more municipal supplies." Usually, you would put a ...
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Which version is correct? With or without commas

I've submitted a text including the following sentence. Freshwater is indispensable for agricultural and industrial production processes and thus the availability of freshwater is tightly linked ...
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Coordinating conjunction for connecting list items

In compliance with the Oxford comma when listing three or more items a comma is used between the items and before and. What if in a list of three items two of them have a word in common (edge ...
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Comma in coordinating conjunction that includes an if-clause

On the basis of this Q&A, I understand that my example sentence is a coordinating conjunction; however, I can't seem to figure out the relationship between the first clause, and the if-clause. ...
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Does this sentence need a comma before “which”?

Does this sentence need a comma before “which”? The sentence of interest: She wasn’t able to send the pictures to you earlier due to technical difficulties with her phone which took an unusually ...
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Comma usage in “One of the…, is …”

Given a sentence such as, One of the reasons for certain large beetles developing teleportation technology, is to ensure annual pilgrimages to their home planet are well-attended and enjoyable for ...
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Semicolon as Super-comma

I hear I can use a semicolon as a "super-comma", where I'm listing three or more elements that have commas within them. I'm wondering, then, if this is correct: Our objective function is the annual ...

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