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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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Comma before "whether they be"

I have the following sentence: If your school doesn't offer AP courses, we recommend that you take the most challenging courses you can⁠—whether they be honors, IB, or even dual enrollment courses. ...
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Should I use a comma or a semi-colon in this situation? Why?

The sentence I am considering is: "The parties hereby agree to promptly complete all filings required to be filed under applicable law[, / ;] such filings to be completed in substantially the ...
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Independent clause between commas?

In the following sentence, which is the independent clause? Exercising four times a week, doctors claim, can help prevent heart disease. Is it “Exercising four times a week can help prevent heart ...
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A fundamental question on 'which'

A very simple but confusing question, really. I see a sentence in my past paper that goes, Ben intended to use the cars for his business in Egypt, where he had his place of business which was known ...
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"Sorry Neighbor!" or "Sorry, Neighbor!" [closed]

If you were simply saying "Sorry Neighbor!", would it be more correct to separate the two words with a comma or not? This is the entirety of the sentence.
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does this sentence have too many commas?

I am currently writing my first paper in the field of computer science and having written the following sentence I wondered if there would be any missing commas "Then after a method has been ...
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Can a comma be used to separate two sentences? [migrated]

The decision-makers at its helm belong to one political party. Besides,[comma] there is total lack of transparency about the use of the funds. I know that these two sentences can be separated using a ...
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Many If Not Most Correct Comma Usage

The proper punctuation for the phrase is commas around "if not most". Many, if not most, squirrels are fast. A student asked about a question on the Egyptian Scholastic Test. The correct ...
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Semicolon, comma, vs colon in list of size two

I have a sentence here. "The different types of switchgrass fall into two categories: upland and lowland." Can I replace the colon with a comma? Tonally, it sounds alright, but is it allowed ...
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comma and abbreviation in quotation marks

I couldn't find this answer anywhere!!!! When you end a quotation with an abbreviation, do you keep the comma or leave it out? Which sentence is correct? "I need to go see Bob Jr.," said ...
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Can a comma always be used instead of an em-dash?

I know that in some contexts we should subjectively prefer to use an em-dash instead of a comma. But are there any contexts where one really shouldn't use a comma, due to some rules? For example, I ...
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Has comma been used to separate an interrupter or to separate a prepositional phrase in this sentence?

It had been tough, but now he was here, in front of the famous iron pillar. Prepositional - in front of the famous iron pillar Interrupter - but now he was here
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Should I add a comma in this sentence?

When are you leaving and how long are you going to stay there? It's from my English textbook. I remembered that If you want to connect two simple sentences into a compound sentence with "and&...
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Is there a name for separating two items with comma when listing them?

I noticed that journalists often write titles in which they connect two proper nouns (but not only those) with a comma, instead of using "and". Two examples: Poll shows gap between Le Pen, ...
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Should there be a comma between a noun and its adjective? [closed]

Can "A white paper" be written as "A paper, white"? Can "The nine planets" be written as "The planets, nine"?
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Can a comma be used at the end of a restrictive clause to separate two verbs? [duplicate]

Can/Should a comma be used at the end of a restrictive clause to separate two verbs (e.g. for clarity)? Everything that reduces the representative quality as copies of data are made, can be regarded ...
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Comma usage necessary for this type of omission?

...to represent the oppression of and the violence against women. I don't think I need commas here, but when I read this I would naturally leave a slight pause after "of" and "against&...
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Do l need a comma in this sentence?

To me, the following sentence is fine. But my colleague insists that l use a comma after the word "ancient". Archeologists discovered a unique, long, broken, ancient (?) Egyptian bronze ...
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Conditional clauses and serial commas [closed]

Once the coins have passed their expiry date, they will no longer be valid, and will not be reissued. Is this an example of a zero conditional sentence? Is the last comma acceptable? Is the tense ...
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How to use commas around 'well'

In the sentence: "He needs it to, well, do it" as if spoken words, are the commas correct? I'm trying to break up the sentence as you would when speaking, but I'm not sure if I only need the ...
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Comma to denote additional information that comes toward the end of a sentence and begins with a "-ing" word--is this a real comma rule?

Say I have the following sentence: The RES can be sprayed onto the burn wound, covering an area up to 80 times the size of the biopsy site. I have a few questions. 1.) Most importantly, the comma. ...
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Why did the writer use a comma in this construction?

Usually we don't use a comma before because, except when the comma is a must to clear the meaning of the sentence. But l wonder why Randolph Quirk in his CGEL, page 616, uses a comma before because in ...
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"Why, and how" VS "Why and how"

In my essay, I have a question like this: "Why, and how does the pH level affect the resulting popping boba?" My mom said that the comma after 'Why' was not needed, like this: "Why ...
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Using commas in a sentence that interjects "not" and continues with "but"

I have been struggling and googling to get the comma(s) right in the following simple sentence. Wherever I put it, it somehow seems wrong: It's a war, fought not with firepower, but with access to ...
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Comma usage with "despite" and with two independent clauses

I am trying to analyze the parts of the following sentence and I am stumped: According to last year's data, sales increased by 3.5% to 30 million US Dollars in 2019, and to 35 billion US Dollars in ...
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How to use commas in these particular situations [closed]

I am a mathematicians, and there are some "sentence structures" that constantly appear in my work. I have some doubt about how "commas" behave in them. I am well aware of the comma ...
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At the end of my surname, do I place a comma or full stop? [closed]

My name is Selwyn Goodman. I’m a logo design specialist with over 5 years experience working with start-up brands.
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If there is no reporting verb, would you still use comma in these constructions?

Usually, after a reporting verb, there is bound to be a comma, but what if the constructions are as follow: As if waiting for me to say that one sentence, Cornelia followed up with a request, “Welp, ...
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When I use a name or mention a person/character at the beginning of a sentence before referring to them via a pronoun, do I use a comma or semi-colon?

Here's the sentence example: And Lucy, she often goes for a run. And Lucy; she often goes for a run. Which is more appropriate? Thank you.
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When "I think" and "It would seem" appear offset by a comma at the end of a sentence, can they create a comma splice?

I am unsure whether what I have written below constitutes a comma splice error because of the addition of "it would seem" at the end. "He is a very clever man, almost too clever, it ...
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Comma concerning "in which" sentence

I would like to know how to set the comma(s) in this sentence? I visited a course in which we read the book "Heart of Darkness" approaching topics such as imperialism and eurocentrism.
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Subject-modifier-verb agreement [duplicate]

In the following sentence, is the verb 'have' appropriate? Is it not supposed to be 'has' ? The British council, in partnership with Microsoft philanthropies, have designed a course for young ...
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"I mean" in past tense narration is not "I meant" but is it the same for other similar construction? [closed]

My question is quite simple: I have seen a lot of construction that start with "I mean," and here are a few examples: I mean, you don't have to go to the dance. I mean, it wasn't like you ...
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Comma needed before "as does"? [closed]

Should I write this without a comma: The evidence from this study suggests that stroke may impose a comparable risk on the survival of older patients as do heart attack due to the close resemblance ...
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Correct way to use - and , [duplicate]

observed in almost any country, both rich and poor OR observed in almost any country — both rich and poor OR observed in almost any country, both the rich and the poor
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Must a compound sentence have a comma? [duplicate]

Must a compound sentence have a comma? If it simply linking two independent clauses with a conjunction, does it require a comma? e.g. He poured me another drink and I drank it. If not a compound ...
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Do I place a comma when omitting "that," in this sentence?

For some reason, I feel like this sentence doesn't look right without a comma when I omit "that" Original sentence: He stopped so abruptly that red dust kicked up. To: He stopped so abruptly ...
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Is reverberate a dialogue tag? [closed]

Just like the title say and here are the examples: “Took you long enough.” Without warning, her voice reverberated from my side. “Ngh! Phew… Oh no!” A voice reverberated from the crash site and ...
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Purpose of comma in context [duplicate]

What is the function of the comma here? Is it to avoid ambiguity? He should send his troops across the river, either in sufficient numbers to overwhelm the opposition forces or (in sufficient numbers)...
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Multiple Commas [closed]

In the following sentence, does there need to be a comma before so? Or is the comma after it enough? I don’t understand what the word means, so, of course, I look it up in the dictionary.
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is the phrase "Leading To" a coordinating conjunction? [closed]

I read that it is a rule of thumb to use a comma before any coordinating conjunctions that link two independent clauses (I have issues with knowing when to add a comma). for example, I have the ...
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Is the comma in the sentence "He invented the hard hat, designed to protect against falling objects." correct?

He invented the hard hat designed to protect against falling objects. He invented the hard hat, designed to protect against falling objects. Does the extra comma in sentence 2 make it incorrect?
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Question about capitalization after a colon, as well as a few others going on in an otherwise-unimportant sentence I wrote [duplicate]

Not exactly a life-or-death situation here, it's just a YouTube comment I'm in the process of typing in a discussion on movies, the MCU, and the MCU's version of Spider-Man. Sometimes, I write a ...
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Usually, when a dependent clause precedes an independent clause, a comma should separate the two clauses. Are there exceptions to this?

I was recently asked if a comma should always follow a dependent clause if the dependent clause precedes an independent clause. At first glance, I thought this was true, especially since I can't seem ...
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Should I always use a comma when I include two possible answers in an already complete question?

Should I always use a comma when I include two possible answers in an already complete question? I've been through this stackexchange for this question, as well as top google hits. Nothing yet. Can I ...
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When to put comma only or comma with conjunctions to separate items inside brackets (,) (, and ) [duplicate]

I was wondering about when to put comma only or comma with connectors to separate items inside brackets (,) (, and ). This is an example: Health status (physical, mental, biological, psychological) ...
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Commas Around a Disjunct After a Coordinating Conjunction? [duplicate]

Which punctuation is correct for this sentence? : "I took the dog to the park this morning and, of course, he needed a bath afterwards because he rolled in the mud." "I took the dog to the park this ...
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Punctuation in dialogue that addressed more than one person

So I got a question regarding comma in speech. Here is an example of the sentence: “Wait a minute.” I hurriedly shouted to stop him and said to her, “Who invited that blockhead to this party?" In ...
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Where do the commas go with prepositional introductory phrases?

"Over the river, through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go." Where do the commas go with these introductory prepositional phrases? Over the river, through the woods, to Grandmother's ...
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Compound Sentences with Interrupting Phrase [duplicate]

If I have a compound sentence with two independent clauses joined by an "and", but also have an interrupting phrase, what is the rule on punctuation (assuming I only want to use commas, not ...
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