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Questions tagged [commas]

The comma is a punctuation character that is placed on the baseline and looks similar to a single quotation mark.

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Usage of a comma in definitions separated by “and let” [on hold]

Consider the following sentence, which is often used in math: Let X be an object, and let Y be a subobject of X. Is the comma correct? I read here that one should not use a comma to separate two ...
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as “seen below” or “shown below”

I was wondering which sentence below is grammatically correct. There are really three questions I am asking: How to introduce the file name - file, named "test.exe," or file, "test.exe" How to ...
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Comma or no comma for Adjective phrase

Jack stood at the door, numb with pain. Am I right in putting a comma before the word numb? It's not a comma splice because 'numb with pain' is not an independent clause. Without the comma, there is ...
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Is it grammatically correct to omit a comma after dialogue ending in an ellipsis?

I know that Grammarly isn't always correct but before tonight, I didn't know punctuation directly after an ellipsis was grammatically correct, even in special circumstances such as dialogue. Unless ...
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A comma question

The sentence is: I'm curled up on my bed, sick with worry, because she knows the truth. Is the comma usage correct here, or does this sentence need a comma? Thanks in advance.
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The use of a comma before i.e. - is that not a run on sentence?

Are the following examples a comma splice? It applies to all situations, i.e. while a person is traveling or working etc. It applies to all situations, in other words while a person is ...
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When is a a comma needed?

Below are two variations of a sentence. Sentence 1 is clearly a compound sentence with two independent clauses, and the accepted rule is to put a comma before the conjunction (as here). Sentence two ...
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Confused about the placement of commas in the following sentence

"I believe in no God, no invisible man in the sky. But there is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a Great Chain of industry that unites us." - Andrew Ryan What ...
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What's the purpose to use the comma here?

The child learning to see, first distinguishes only two-dimensional shape; it cannot judge distances, depths. In the above sentence, what's the possible story on using a comma between "distances" ...
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The sentences after comma, how to use it for describing anything? [migrated]

I read novels and found a sentence or a phase after the sentence with a comma. I would like to know how it works. The blade left a trail of golden light as it slashed down, ripping apart the enormous ...
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Comma before “or” for clarity? (and other things) [on hold]

From what I understand, one only puts a comma before "or" when linking two independent clauses. But for clarity, should there be a comma in the below case, after "sleeves", as the next part is not an ...
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Comma - yes or no?

I just wanted to ask whether you have to use a comma or not when using: "All in all it can be said that…." Where exactly should I place the comma - after "all in all", after "it can be said" or ...
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Unsure of comma usage

The sentence is Most things I’ve built and am proud of, are a result of this philosophy Do we insert a comma after "of"? I want the sentence to be coherent.
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Use of comma's between numbers

When I write about 75 winturbines of 4 MW each, should I write "This wind farm consists of 75 4 MW turbines" or should I write "This wind farm consists of 75, 4 MW turbines"? I would guess the ...
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How to intrepret the attributive clause?

We owe a lot to the birds and beasts who eat insects but all of them put together kill only a fraction of the number destroyed by spiders. In the above sentence, there are two possible ways to ...
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Possessives… Appositives? And also bracketed commas

I have the following sentence, and the final commas around "and the vehicle's" really irk me. I can't work out if it's correct but badly written, or actually grammatically wrong. Help! "Yet, as ...
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Commas and conversational clauses

I'm editing an article, and a piece of dialogue is giving me some trouble. You were practically a co-owner you’d been there so long. Is this written correctly, or would a comma break up those two ...
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Correct punctuation while explaining meaning of multiple terms

I am adding a caption to a figure in my Master's thesis. The phrase is basically a verbose legend of the image. I want to say something along the lines of: Purple pixels mark image area without a ...
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Is a comma needed after stares? [on hold]

"Bob asks if Sam remembers his cousin's favourite hobby. Sam stares confused." Is a comma needed after stares?
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Do you need to specify indefinite articles in a comma separated list?

Let's say I've got an apple, a banana, and an orange. Which of the following are ok, if any? I've got an apple, banana, and an orange. I've got an apple, banana, and orange. The actual sentence I'...
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Do I need a comma before a? [on hold]

In one arm he holds a shopping bag and under the other a shiny new toaster. In one arm he holds a shopping bag and under the other, a shiny new toaster. Is a comma needed or not, as there is a ...
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Comma vs semicolon in if / otherwise sentence

I suggested to someone recently that they reword a sentence (in a web standards specification document, if it matters) to: Let A be 1 if B is true and C is X, 2 otherwise. Someone else agreed ...
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Should there be a comma after 'I thought' if this phrase is followed by an italicised thought?

For example, if writing: I thought, she may miss him, but tonight you can't tell. should there be a comma after 'I thought', or any other punctuation for that matter? I know commas are often used ...
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What is the correct punctuation for a repeated word?

I'm creating a presentation for school and I want to title my presentation "The not so secret secret to weight loss" My meaning is that people act as if it is a secret when in fact it is very common ...
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Can commas be omitted between coordinating conjunctions that link two independent clauses?

Is it still grammatically correct for long independent clauses? I've seen it omitted when independent clauses were short: "Due to the officer believing that disclosure would prevent the plan going ...
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Is it gramatically correct to start a new sentence with Moreover without the comma?

I'm translating a book, and the following bolded sentence came up in a bit of dialogue, shown translated below. “…He is a lone traveler, and possibly a minor. Moreover he is Japanese. That country of ...
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Correct use of comma in “Hamburgers first, the rest second”

A slogan for a hamburger bar I saw was "Hamburgers first, the rest second" meaning that they (hamburgers) are considered above all else. Is this a comma splice and should there be second comma "...
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Should a comma be included when listing age?

When listing age under someone's name for reference, does there need to be a comma between "age" and the number? My company is running an ad for a beauty supplement featuring our brand ambassador for ...
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Placement of commas with definite and indefinite articles

In the following sentences, are the placement of commas and articles correct? Assign a value, 10, to the variable n. Assign the value 10 to a variable, n. The following phrases look wrong to my ...
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Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one?

Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one? A colon instead of a semicolon may be used between independent clauses when the second sentence explains,...
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Is the sentence “On our wedding day I was forty-six, she was eighteen” an example of a comma splice or an example of incorrect list formation?

I would argue that the phrase “On our wedding day” implies that the following two clauses are being listed together as pertinent information, rather than that there are two independent clauses. For ...
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Nonrestrictive Clauses and Coordinating conjunction separating two independent clauses

Quick, not so simple question. I know that, if you join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (like "and"), you need a comma before the coordinating conjunction. For example: I ...
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Use of comma and its effect on the meaning [closed]

I have two sentences with a difference in the meaning because of the comma’s usage, but I don’t remember what was the meaning of each! Please help me to know the meaning of each. Thank you! My ...
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Comma before and after “and” and again after non-essential information?

I always have trouble figuring out how to punctuate these kinds of sentences (the commas in particular). I feel like the first example should be correct, but the commas also seem excessive. What do ...
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Is my comma usage correct in this sentence?

"When there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, too much heat is trapped from the Sun’s light rays, dramatically increasing the global temperature."
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Commas Around Names [duplicate]

Would you write The cruise liner Titanic hit an iceberg. Or The cruise liner, Titanic, hit an iceberg. Thanks
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Comma + as phrase

I am a bit confused about the use of commas before and after the "as" phrase. I mean, is it possible that there is no comma before and after such a phrase? For instance, the man AS YOUR GUARDIAN will ...
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Colloquial sentence endings like “is all” and “is how”

I'm writing dialogue for a short story and I want to 'transcribe' the characters' colloquialisms in a way that best adheres to the rules of written English (I'm an ESL speaker). My protag ends some of ...
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Commas Surrounding “And”

While writing a paper for English, I stumbled across a weird sentence: Scout’s father, Atticus, is hired to defend Tom in the trial, and, although it is a lost cause because of the racism of the ...
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Using a comma before a subordinate clause

It is very common that we don't insert a comma before a subordinate clause at end position as follows: The President was opening a new university when a bomb went off. However, I came across ...
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What is the official rule(s) regarding punctuation and end-sentence participles?

I tried searching for this, but only received more questions, instead of answers. Recently, I was asked a question about participial phrases and the punctuation that surrounds them. Attempting to ...
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Colon or comma for direct quotations?

I've seen two ways to introduce direction quotations: 1) The host made an announcement, "You are all staying for dinner." 2) The host made an announcement: "You are all staying for dinner." Is one ...
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I came across the following sentence. Is the comma before “but” essential?

Chelsea, a big club for many years now, has a habit of producing players with good potential, but most of the academy graduates do not get a chance to play for the senior squad.
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Is the grammar in this article of this student constitution correct?

I am currently disputing my eligibility to run for president of my college's Student Government. The grounds on which my opponents are seeking to exclude me from the ballot fall upon the following ...
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Comma after Yeah

Yeah, but it seems like I will reach by 12.00 pm. Is it grammatically correct, is comma is required after "Yeah". When should someone use comma. If possible provide examples.
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Comma for, e.g., “To the best of our knowledge, …” and “To achieve this, …”

When we start sentences with something like "To the best of our knowledge, ..." or"To achieve this, ...", do we need the commas? For example, which one is correct between "To the best of our knowledge,...
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What is the correct punctuation usage for 'thus' in this sentence?

"They believe technology serves humankind by empowering us with access to information and the ability to spread that useful information; thus, enriching our lives."
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When do we know “not to use comma” before “which”? [closed]

To my knowledge, we do not put comma before which but I have seen some sentences putting comma before which. i.e. I don't like stories which have unhappy endings. i.e. The heavy use of automobiles ...
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Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there seems to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?

Actually, my question is a perfect example - "Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there SEEMS to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?" This one seems easy to me, in ...
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Which part of the question is the dominant clause?

Tell me if I am right in my analysis with this question: "You like steak, right?" The statement "You like steak" is the dominant clause, and "right" is simply an interjection of sorts. Just like if ...