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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 or no comma before “every day” used in this sentence?

In the following sentence, would it be correct to use a comma to before every day? We find loans for people with bad credit or no history of borrowing, every day. We find loans for people with ...
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Which of these is right?

I have three sentences here, and I'm not sure of which one to use. 1 She walked home, and slept immediately after. 2 She walked home, and she slept immediately after. 3 She walked home ...
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Comma, which, and non-restrictive subordinate clause

In this sentence: She claims she isn't feeling very well(,) which explains why she's a bit late. According to the rules regarding a subordinate clause, the comma should be removed; however, I ...
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Comma use when omitting a repeated verb (ellipsis)

I am 'querying' an agent... And I would like to keep grammar mistakes and infelicities down to a manageable dozen. So here goes: In the following sentence, "In the story, Gilgamesh is king, and ...
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using comma within the appositive

If you have a list of items separated by commas, can it be used as an appositive if you separate it from the rest of the sentence by yet another by comma? Here's an example: The factory produces ...
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Is it incorrect to use 'however' as a substitute for 'but' in a sentence?

In my thesis I have written such sentences as: "Murphy and Levy found that all participants used formality, titles and please/thankyou with overseas partners, however, what was perceived as ...
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Is it necessary to put a comma before and after “if so”?

Is it necessary to put a comma before and after the phrase "if so" in the following context? Before you get started, ask your supervisor if the course you’re applying for is suitable and/or a ...
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How to use Commas When an Introductory Clause Precedes a Dependent/Subordinate Clause

I think we all agree that most introductory clauses are set off by commas. E.g.: In 1982, John Smith went to battle in Spain. Moreover, the monkeys all ate bread. I think we also agree that ...
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A Question Regarding the Use of a Comma for a Quoted Question [on hold]

I'd like to ask for the community's opinion regarding the correct usage of a comma for a quoted question. In a situation such as this, which of the two following sentences would be correct? The ...
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Adding and removing commas in participial phrases

Adding and removing commas before participial phrases 1- Jake is waving at Sam, carrying a heavy bag. 2- Jake is waving at Sam carrying a heavy bag. Does the comma change the meaning? In ...
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Is it acceptable to place a comma after the em-dash in this sentence? [duplicate]

Due to financial struggles brought on by marital struggles—or perhaps it was the other way around—, the family had to forsake it as the bank foreclosed on it. I normally wouldn't place a comma, but ...
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Question Regarding Comma vs Colon

Consider the following sentence: In 2013 Tallinn, Estonia, instituted fare-free rides for city residents (becoming the largest city in the world to do so), but car use in Tallinn has only slightly ...
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I'm a bit unsure on correct comma placement in the following sentence. Parenthetical or not?

I'm not sure if the phrase 'indeed necessary' is parenthetical in the following example and thus requires two commas or if I can/should write it with a single comma after 'valuable'. 1)It allows ...
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Can you use commas to list things after using a comma to interrupt the sentence flow?

When using a comma to create a pause in a sentence, can you then use commas immediately after to list things? I've written the sentence, Like the ancient tales of yore, we bore witness to our ...
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Juxtaposing (more than) two sentences that can include “and” by using “and”

QUESTIONS: Is the comma used in the below sentence necessary? Is it okay to use different forms or parts of speech for juxtaposed elements? I.g. In the below sentence, a noun "development" and ...
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Do you put a comma around “as well”

Would I write, "He, as well, no longer held the need to impress her" or "He as well no longer held the need to impress her"? Which is grammatically correct?
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Comma usage for introductory sentences and lists?

Besides PC, hard drive, and papers, I must save information on a cloud website. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? If not, then how to punctuate a sentence that starts with an introductory ...
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Using commas before and after he/she said.

"People here are doing there best," he said, "We have to support them." My coworker told me that I shouldn't use commas between "he/she said". Is there any truth to that? Sorry for my ignorance. I'...
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Shortened comma-delimited options [closed]

Consider the following sentence: Visit our website to join the chat, find upcoming rides, charge locations, and more! Should I be saying Visit our website to join the chat, find upcoming ...
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Mixing em-dash and comma

My current understanding of the em-dash is that it can be used in place of parentheses or commas to provide emphasis, e.g. "Tom, who was a very nice person, walked slowly across the grass." "Tom (...
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Go further, faster with

I'm having a debate with a colleague about whether a comma is needed in this phrase. I think it reads odd without a comma. From my understanding, 'further' is an adverb in this phrase, and 'faster' is ...
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Can I have “and” in more than one clause in a sentence?

I've read on this site you can have more than one "and" in a sentence, but all the examples used "and" continuously. At school today, we had sums and writing and play and dinner and a story and a ...
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Difference in meaning due to comma

$1 with tax $1, with tax What is the difference in meaning due to the comma? I take the first to be the total is $1 and the second is $1 plus tax.
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Use of “comma”, inside the quotation marks or after it? [duplicate]

I am having confusion, where to put comma, in the following case after the word water: There are roughly 1000 different words for “water,” as well as for “louse”. Or should I use put comma after ...
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Comma With Titles In The End Of A Sentence

Why would there be a comma at the underlined position? I thought it would be restrictive but it is apparently not. Can anyone explain? Gradually, he grew into the role of homespun sage and ...
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Usage of commas in Official Certificate Description use

"With all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities appertaining thereunto, upon this signature, and at this moment, I make this pledge!" Any thoughts on the above closing document statement? I'm ...
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Can I use parenthetical remarks to restate something mid-sentence?

I was wondering whether it is bad practice to replace the previous part of a sentence with a parenthetical remark. I've illustrated this in the sentence below: This culture has been welcoming of (...
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Dependent clause w/list *comma or semicolon* followed by independent clause

Should we use a semicolon or comma when an adverbial dependent clause containing a list is followed by an independent clause? While not everyone is a Newton, Einstein, or Hawking, every one of them ...
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Comma usage to inform how sentence should be read

Does this read right and could it work without the commas? - Ehz had her eyes tightly shut not wanting nor able to open them, even though, disappointingly, she could no longer ignore the fact that ...
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Comma Usage in the Name of a Store

I'm wondering if it's considered okay to omit comma's in the name of my store and on its signage? The name of the store is Book Bauble and Blessings. I don't have a comma in my signage or logo's, but ...
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Is there a comma after a date with two dates listed?

For example, "Total lease expense for the years ended December 31, 2017, and 2016 totaled $900,000." Does there need to be a comma after 2017 and 2016?
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Do I need to repeat the word “to” when there's a comma?

Please excuse my ignorance. I don't enough of the verbiage to properly phrase the question in the title. Example: "Karen tried numerous times to tell her daughter to be herself, and (to) not change ...
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Comma after last item in a list?

As the title states, if I have a list with a description after it like, "New coffee makers, new washing machines, dishwashers, or even toasters, are already..." should I put a comma after the last ...
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Do I need a comma in a sentence that starts with “Three years later…” [duplicate]

Do I need a comma after 'later'? Three years later, my grandfather's health started to deteriorate due to dementia.
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Use of comma before 'next' in a question

Is the comma correctly placed in this sentence? "What will he do, next?" I believe the comma is incorrect and should be deleted. Is this right?
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Comma Before Participal Phrase

I'm studying for the SAT and ran into this issue on a practice test. My prepbook says that commas shouldn't be used between an independent and dependent clause in that order. To me "creating..." ...
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Do I place a comma before or after “and” in this instance?

What would be correct? Comma before or after 'and'. "I saw Anne helping him stay functional for as long as possible and, in one way or another, felt uplifted."
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Comma rules for sentence adverb placed in the middle of the sentence

Why writer has not used comma before or to join these two independent clauses. "Had anyone actually told her that or had she merely assumed it?"
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As well as when introducing a different idea

I have learned a lot so far, but when the ideas are different I’m not sure how to proceed. My sentence: “the depth of experience I can offer as well as our strong alignment of shared educational ...
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Can I replace “is” with comma in a sentence?

I want to write a short sentence as a headline. The sentence is: "JAVA developer with excellent analytical skills is available for new challenges." Can I replace "is" with comma in the above ...
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Would there be a comma in the sentence after 'therefore'? [duplicate]

Would there be a comma in the sentence after 'therefore'? 'These pipelines run for long distances and therefore(,) are susceptible to both natural and man-made phenomena. '
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Commas with Appositives and Coordinating Conjunctions

I am wondering about comma usage in the following examples: I would do it if I could but, of course, I can't. vs. I would do it if I could, but of course, I can't. I am doing well and, more ...
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A confusing sentence structure that uses “by example”

Here is a sentence from an article by The Economist that talks about the Saudi revolution that has recently allowed women to drive: A more normal Saudi Arabia should moderate the Islamic world, by ...
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Is it correct to use “and” consecutively without a comma?

Your last day of service will be mutually agreed between you and your manager and details sent in writing by Human Resources. I think it doesn't make sense to interpret this sentence as "the last ...
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Usage of commas and usage of preposition (the) along with commas

I was wondering if the following two unrelated sentences from my essay (on teaching profession challenges) are grammatically correct and well-formed. - A teacher not only shapes the the academics but ...
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Why is a comma used in the sentence “Jack has been studying zebras since 1972, when he started the famous Animal Center”?

Why is there a comma in this sentence? Jack has been studying zebras since 1972, when he started the famous Animal Center. Isn’t the first clause independent, and isn’t when a subordinating ...
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“In this case,” with or without comma?

Consider a sentence like: As our preliminary investigation showed, in case A, the catastrophe is averted, while, in case B, lots of people die. Are there too many commas here? I feel as though ...
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Is it essential to use comma in a big number?

Is it necessary to use comma in a big number? For example, if anyone writes one million four hundred thousand and two as 1400002 instead of 1,400,002 on answer sheet of listening section of IELTS test,...
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Comma inserting [closed]

Should we insert a comma before Except to in the sentence below: They are called organic because they have spread in different directions with no precise plan except to accommodate the growing ...
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degrees, minutes, seconds OR degrees minutes seconds OR …?

I am revising my dissertation, and in my methods section I have the following sentence: "I used an online converter [ref] to determine UTM coordinates from GPS coordinates given in degrees minutes ...