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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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"...a wealth of additional informative information." looks somehow wrong to me - redundant to call information informative or OK? Missing comma?

Under my answer in Space Exploration SE I just added the comment: Note: I'll point folks back up to the comments under the question and to the other answer(s), both of which contain a wealth of ...
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Are commas required when saying 'separate but interlinked'? [duplicate]

In a sentence such as This forms three separate but interlinked questions. should there be commas round 'but interlinked'? Or no commas at all? I'm assuming a single comma after separate is ...
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Comma Usage in "At COMPANY-NAME we are committed to providing the highest level of customer service." [duplicate]

Should there be a comma after COMPANY-NAME in the following sentence: At COMPANY-NAME we are committed to providing the highest level of customer service.
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Comma uncommon usage

At the beginning of The Magician's Nephew, CS Lewis wrote: In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In ...
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adverbial phrase with comma

In the following sentence He didn't read it, not even the abstract. 'not even the abstract' looks like an adverbial phrase used to modify 'read'. I am confused about the comma, what is the purpose ...
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Is omitting the definite article in this case grammatically correct (and preferable)?

I had written the following sentence in a manuscript: After each transaction, the balance of the sender account equals their balance immediately before the transaction minus the amount of funds ...
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Comma Rules - It sounds weird in my head without the Comma, but can't tell what's wrong about not having one either

I was marked wrong for this - Do we or do we not use commas to separate two nouns that come like this: From the couch, Alice continued, "I will speak to..." I thought From the couch would ...
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Is the comma after "practices" in that sentence correct?

A lot of people care about the environment, and a lot don’t. Which side are you? It’s your practices that tell. For those who don’t, there must be a way to make them aware of their bad practices, and ...
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How do I punctuate a sentence with multiple questions when each of them are in quotes?

This is the sentence I am referring to: Instead of asking “Will I get the job?”, consider asking, “What can I do to align myself with my career aspirations?” Is this correct? I am specifically ...
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Do you use a comma after the word "and" when it is the first word in a sentence and then you address someone? [duplicate]

Please know that my question is not regarding what I write. It's what I hear as a court reporter and put into written form. Also know this question pertains to how an answer (A.) begins. There's no ...
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Comma usage in compound-complex sentence [closed]

Which sentence is more appropriate? Even if the budget allows for certain expenses, and we can prioritize some projects, we cannot fund them all. or Even if the budget allows for certain expenses ...
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How to use for with commas, and, or in sentences [duplicate]

"Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of data." What is the meaning of this sentence? A. Machines for either reception, having both conversion and ...
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Bracketing comma and placement [duplicate]

Which of the following shows the correct use of bracketing commas? "The last chapter of the first section is set, in contrast to the preceding ones, in the couples' home." OR "The last ...
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Better to put interrupting phrase before or after that-conjunction?

Which sentence is either correct or better than the other? Are they both valid? Then she eagerly dug into every basket and confirmed that, to her pleasant surprise, they were all loaded with good ...
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Comma with Em-dash after Subordinate Clause [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: When rebounding becomes important -- as is the case when playing the Lakers -- we need to have John in the game. Is there a need for a comma after "important" to ...
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Punctuation Breakdown: Examining Commas in a Sentence

I'm hoping to get a breakdown of the punctuation in the following sentence: It has a wider-reaching impact because, arguably, in addition to being of use to vehicle owners, it also benefits the ...
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Comma after "that" before parenthetical clause: optional?

I've noticed I'm coming across a lot of sentences that look like this, with a parenthetical clause surrounded by commas and preceded by a "that" that functions as a conjunction opening a ...
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Comma in “As a professor(,) I am [ … past participle … ]” [duplicate]

On the Web, I see contradicting examples of the comma usage: […], and as a professor I am committed to creating such a positive impact in the lives of my students as well. (Source: http://sites.cs....
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Do Swiss place names have a comma before the canton, or is the canton in parentheses?

Is it "Bern, BE" like American place names, or "Bern (BE)" or "Bern BE"? Or does it depend on whether it's American/Canadian/British/Australian/etc. English, or perhaps ...
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What is this comma called? [duplicate]

A room furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly. Is there any special name for this comma before 'but' and will the sentence work if we don't use it?
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Do the commas between these phrases change the meaning?

Do the commas (or lack of) change the meaning between these two sentences: In the beginning, when the house was sold, it didn’t bother me too much. In the beginning when the house was sold, it didn’t ...
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Should a comma be used when ending with in my opinion?

Which sentence is correct? 1- She was a great singer, in my opinion at least. 2- She was a great singer in my opinion at least. 1- sounds correct, but I'm not sure if it is because the phrase "in ...
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Comma after em-dash

I have seen many questions on this, but all the answers seem to address the example—how the use of em-dash may be avoided using some other forms of punctuation in that particular example—and not the ...
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Comma before a moved verb

I can't seem to find a definitive answer for this, and my colleague and I are disagreeing on it: Your next obsession, found. Your next obsession found. It was an advertisement, as in something like ...
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Where do commas go when interjecting within a list? [duplicate]

Where should commas go in a sentence like the following: Consider the size quantity and most importantly price. To address the elephant in the room, I side firmly with the oxford comma in most cases,...
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Comma and question mark usage for a question plus (pseudo-) quotative all in direct speech

"Will he attack, you wonder?" said Mike. "Will he attack? You wonder," said Mike. Mike is talking to someone and saying are you wondering if so and so will attack. Is the first ...
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Comma before "that" clause at the end of a sentence

I recently wrote an article about writing comments in code. Upon reading it, a colleague of mine reacted to the following sentence: Any time you’ve spent more than 30 minutes getting something to ...
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Quotation marks and commas [duplicate]

I know that, when using a period, comma, or exclamation mark with quotation marks, we should generally place the punctuation inside the quotes. Does this hold in general? For example, consider the ...
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Comma between components of adverbial clause connected by a coordinating conjunctions

When you have an adverbial clause that contains two complete clauses within it connected by a coordinating conjunction, should you add a comma before the conjunction? For example: Because my arm was ...
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Trying to understand how to connect phrases/clauses with commas

Take this fragment for example: The snow had come from the north, in the mist, driven by the night wind, smelling of the sea. It is from John Le Carré's The Looking Glass War. I've seen writers do ...
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Can we join two sentences with a comma if written in a conversational tone? Is this sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Can we join two sentences with a comma if written in a conservational tone? Is this sentence grammatically correct? We also need to remember that donations need not be strictly only in cash, they can ...
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Ellipsis in complex lists

How is this construction correct? The drawing-room began to look empty: the baccarat was discontinued for lack of a banker; more than one person said goodnight of his own accord, and was suffered to ...
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What is the function of "as" here in the sentence and is there a lack of preposition before "the unpardonable sin"? [closed]

Thus, for instance, I was much moved by the eloquent attack on Christianity as a thing of inhuman gloom; for I thought (and still think) sincere pessimism the unpardonable sin. Insincere pessimism is ...
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Name for the comma in "Jim kept walking, past the streetlight."

I want to explain to a student why "Jim kept walking past the streetlight" conjures up an image of someone repeatedly walking past the streetlight, and that if the student merely wants to ...
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Which punctuation is best for connecting the latter longer clause in this sentence, or is the comma splice okay? [closed]

I am proofreading a colleague's work. And I know that you should use a connective/conjunction to join two clauses together rather than a comma splice, and so, in the past I have made such corrections ...
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Does comma+conjunction require a subject after it?

Take these examples: "He walked to the store, and he bought bread." "He walked to the store, and bought bread." "He walked to the store and he bought bread." "He ...
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Use of comma vs semicolon

Why are the answers for these two different? Wrong: It rained all day, and thus, the hut collapsed. Correct: It rained all day, and thus the hut collapsed. "And" with conjunctive adverbs: ...
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Comma and inversion

I just wrote an English exam and I'm not sure if these two sentences which I've written are correct. If they're not, please tell me and if they are please back that up with a credible source. Not ...
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Must, or at least may, a comma be placed whenever a verb might be mistaken for a part of a would-be compound noun?

To clarify with a made-up example: When you address the nation state ... Above, 'state' could be taken as either a part of an open compound noun ('nation state', see footnote), or a verb ('to state'...
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Do I need the comma in "it is in short...everthing"? [duplicate]

The intended meaning is that 'it', described simply, is 'everything'. Would I write: It is in short...everything. Or: It is, in short...everthing. Instinctively, I believe that a comma is needed ...
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I ate the carrots(,) and the soup(,) and the mutton

I have been wondering whether we ought to use commas to separate repetitive conjunctions in English. In German, we don't; in Russian, we usually do. Could you help me figure it out; or, in other words,...
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Are "compared with" and "compared to" participle phrases?

Is "compared with" in the sentence below a participle phrase? If so, why shouldn't a comma precede it? If not, what role is it playing? The number of people who regularly eat fast food was ...
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Comma placement for speaker's name in publication

I'm editing a flyer someone else wrote and I have the following sentence: Our storytelling series launches with featured speaker, Aloysius Firefly, professor of arts. I think ought to be "... ...
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does this comma belong? [duplicate]

Sentence in question: "Please call xxx-xxx-xxxx, and let them know you are with X organization." Is the comma after the phone number necessary/required?
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Why “…, like,…”?

Can someone explain why I need to set off the adverb like with commas? I saw The New Yorker use it in a recent article, A senior defense official told me that Kahl was surprised by whom he was about ...
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Coordinating conjunctions, consequences of actions, and commas

I've managed to completely confuse myself by thinking myself in circles. I know that when a coordinating conjunction joins two independent clauses (unless they're particularly short), you need to use ...
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How do I identify and punctuate appositives?

An appositive is a noun that immediately follows another noun in order to clarify it. An appositive usually follows the noun it explains or identifies, but it may also precede it. Restrictive ...
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Commas in a sentence "if not... then", and why

I struggle with commas. Not sure if it's because I never learnt any grammar, I have unusual breathing habits, am oddly polemical in speech, or what exactly. Anyway Should you include (the) commas in ...
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When to use one or two commas with appositives?

I can't seem to find the answer to the above question. I know when to use no commas (essential) and when to use two commas (non-essential), but when do you use only one comma? It appears you use only ...
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Aren't all of the following sentences correct? [closed]

My friend was recently taking a test and couldn't figure out which sentence was correct. This has been bothering me for the past few days because I just can't wrap my mind around which sentence the ...
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