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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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"What is it(,) to be a hero?" [closed]

My friend and I have gotten into a rather passionate debate about whether Karen Paige's monologue at the end of season two of Daredevil was written in a grammatically correct fashion. On screen, we ...
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Comma Use Question [closed]

"What a nice face he has, what a kind visage," I said. Is this comma correct, or should it be "What a nice face he has. What a kind visage," I said. thanks
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Question inside a sentence [duplicate]

Even her dog, or was it her cat, fled the scene. I was wondering how to punctuate this sentence. Is the above correct, or should it be Even her dog, or was it her cat? fled the scene. thanks
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Comma or no comma for phrase [duplicate]

If I am wishing Walter a Happy Retirement should I write Happy Retirement Walter or Happy Retirement, Walter
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Should there be a comma in "what you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you"?

After seeing this quote in various places, I have noticed that some variants have a comma, whereas others do not. With a comma: "How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.&...
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Am I using the adjective correctly in 'an opportunity to contribute to something meaningful'?

My genuine, honest intentions are to live up to being the "go-to" person for all tasks related to certain datasets, especially when the information will, in some way, relate to all my direct ...
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Style/usage with conjunctions

A) The modelling data can be reintroduced if needed, for example, if a new variant of concern arises. B)The modelling data can be reintroduced if needed if a new variant of concern arises. If for ...
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Is a comma needed in a sentence with repeated “to-phrases”?

Is a comma or any other punctuation needed between each “to-phrase” in a sentence like this one (which is meant to say that the trait has been passed on first from Generation I to Generation II, then ...
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Comma necessary, optional, or incorrect after (this) restrictive clause?

I am proofing an article and am wondering about the following sentence: The many – and at times quite explicit – references to the people into whose lives PARIS IS BURNING offered a glimpse, renew ...
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Parenthetical element: Comma or dash? [duplicate]

I am unsure when to use comma and when to use dashes when writing parenthetical elements in as sentence. For instance: He answered - or at least he tried to answer - the question correctly. He ...
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Use of a comma to separate two items in a list

I wanted to ask a question about the use of commas when separating two items in a list. I was reading an article in Reuters concerning two different banks listed in the headline: Deutsche bank, ...
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Using a comma with a conjunction to separate long phrases [duplicate]

Every guide I've looked up says you should not use a comma along with a conjunction that joins phrases. However, this rule often seems to be broken for longer phrases. For example, every major Bible ...
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Using commas with "In 1900," after conjunction (and) / Comma, mid-sentence, conjunction, date, year

Example sentence : In 1900, the first World Cup game was hosted. This is easy. You put a comma because you're introducing a new timeline. BUT my question is how do I put in commas when the above ...
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Modifiers and Qualifiers Preceding a Comma Separated List [duplicate]

If the sentence reads I will bring vegan meatballs, soups, and sandwiches. Does vegan modify the entire list? I would think so, otherwise I would have to write I will bring vegan meatballs, vegan ...
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Why can't we use commas in this sentence before "and"? [duplicate]

I'm helping a student with writing a story in English. She wrote the following sentence. "She stopped to take a picture of a little yellow duck, which someone (probably a child) had drawn with ...
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Ambiguous meaning for a comma?

I saw the following on a bottle of soy sauce, and don't know if it could be interpreted multiple ways: No artificial colour, flavour added The question is if flavour is added or not. The comma could ...
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Should I use two commas for an adjective and nonrestrictive clause preceding a noun?

I wrote the following sentence: A plain, usually blue, background with a seal in the center makes for a simplistic flag that breaks many design rules. The commas surrounding "usually blue" ...
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Naming and writing about an LLC proper comma use [closed]

So when filing with the state the long argued debate of using a comma before LLC or not has essentially been settled. The answer being it doesn’t matter AT ALL and in fact some attorneys have always ...
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What is the advanced grammar topic used in this sentence?

I am having a difficulty trying to understand the structure of this sentence. Never does the discussion of constitutionalism in public law textbook, if it is discussed at all, exceed one page. I do ...
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Is a second comma necessary (or perhaps no comma should be used at all)?

I am unsure of the proper comma usage in this part of a sentence contained in a text I am proofreading: "The many, and at times quite explicit references to the people..." I hesitate to add ...
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Should I use a period or comma in the dialogue preceding "nodded" or "gestured"?

Not the first time the question appears. I was wondering about usage of commas and periods in dialogues. Here’s an example from the recent book I chanced upon: “The tea,” she gestured. “Snakes are ...
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When not to use a comma between adjectives (or what makes adjectives cumulative)?

(While technically a duplicate, the answers I have seen are neither satisfactory nor convincing. I will go into the best among these below, so please don't just flag as "duplicate".) ...
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How did the comma become a substitute for the word, "and"?

I'm seeing an increasing number of headlines where a comma is used in place of the word 'and'. Mother enraged after suspect walks free after attacking her, one-year-old baby in a parking lot The ...
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Does this list of two items require a comma? [duplicate]

I am trying to punctuate the following sentence and am unsure if they are two independent clauses, requiring a comma. The Court reversed the decision, holding that the application was untimely and ...
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Comma Use Before And [closed]

Should a comma be used before "and" in this line? Give in to the darkness and you'll leave this world prematurely. Similar line, same question: Always do what is right and you can keep ...
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Is this a nonessential phrase / is this comma usage correct?

A coworker was writing an email and two other coworkers reviewed it. The phrase in question was something like: Please see the following attached file, showing our hours spent on projects from date A ...
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Is the second comma needed in this sentence? [duplicate]

(1) Therefore, in order to achieve maximum power, the source must be able to burn within the correct range. (2) Therefore, in order to achieve maximum power the source must be able to burn within the ...
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"I can do it no problem" vs "I can do it, no problem" [closed]

Is it wrong to write, "I can do it no problem" vs "I can do it, no problem"? I was writing an email today and wrote, "Now we can meet our deadline no problem", and came ...
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Should a comma appear inside the quotations in these instances?

Here are the sentences: "You have to get up before 8:00 a.m." John said. "We talked about everything--books, cars, girls, movies, etc." John said. The question is whether a comma ...
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Assertive clause with comma followed by an interrogative [duplicate]

Can we write in the following manner? A complete question is embedded in an assertive sentence separated by a comma: He thought, how can I complete this task?
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What is the part after the comma referring to in this sentence? [closed]

in case of an offer for sale of a government company or statutory authority or corporation or any special purpose vehicle set up and controlled by any one or more of them, which is engaged in the ...
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"and this time"

I have a question about punctuation. Context: A was one successful product of our company; it was used by women. Now, we plan to create a product for men. Then, which sentence below is correct? our ...
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Emphasis using comma

Are these sentences correct? And he called me, a liar. And he called you, a doofus. And he called you, dumb. These are sort of like used as sarcasm or irony. I don't know but these feel right in my ...
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Should I use a comma here?

I'm trying to figure out whether to use a comma in a sentence of this construction: The tomato is red placing it on the warm end of the colour spectrum. The tomato is red, placing it on the warm end ...
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Comma placement for "to identify requirements for and develop a Python script"

Are commas required/appropriate for the sentence snippet in the title? For instance: to identify requirements for, and develop, a Python script Also, what is the grammatical term for a sentence ...
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Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note). Why comma for first author and not the others [closed]

My citation management software does this automatically and apparently it's what supposed to be done. There is a comma between the last name and the first name of the first author, but no commas ...
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Do you need a comma before directly adressing someone, when their name is preceded by some short word?

I was wondering which one of these sentences is correct. In the first example, the name of the person we are directly addressing is placed between commas, just as I was taught since forever. In the ...
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What justifies comma usage here?

I came across the following sentence in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: Even prisons and concentration camps are cooperation networks, and can function only because thousands of strangers somehow ...
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Should I put a comma after or before “more importantly”? [closed]

In the sentence: In addition, many scientists claim that physical knowledge or more importantly this ability to make tools led to our biological evolution. Where do I put the commas? Before “or”, ...
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When ending clause in a comma, which is followed by a colon, should there be a space in-between [closed]

Say that I am giving an introductory clause with a list of things, using the colon. If I also use a secondary clause, by way of a comma to explain the first clause, do I separate the comma and colon ...
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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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Punctuation, parenthetical elements, confusing [closed]

Could someone please let me know why there is a comma before as and did? "Anyone who makes the observation, as the patriarch of the clan, Cosimo de’ Medici, did, that “every painter paints ...
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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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Correct comma usage in a list with groups similar items [closed]

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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