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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Proper Use of Commas, Semi-Colons, and Colons

I am curious as to what would be the proper use of Commas and colons when adding your degree on a resume. Which would be correct, or are both suitable? Master of Science in Finance, GPA: 3.9/4.0 ...
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Comma needed or not? [on hold]

I was reading an article and found the below sentence: I met Ruhail through Facebook last year but I hadn’t saved his number as I didn’t want my parents to know. I believe the author missed commas ...
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Is the use of comma in this sentence correct?

I think one of the uses of the comma is to separate independent clauses, but in this sentence, a comma is put in between the preposition phrase "from..to". The punishment ranges from reducing an ...
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What do you do with a comma that would come after a dash?

One common use of em dashes is to offset parenthetical phrases. But if a comma outside the parenthetical phrase immediately follows the parenthetical, what do you do with the comma? I realize that ...
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Why isn't there a comma put here? explain to me please

I usually 100% of the time put a comma here. Since there is the conjunction being "but" and a subject straight after being "they" meaning that it's essential to put a comma, however, I've been told a ...
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Help with correct comma usage

I need help on whether or not a comma fits into statements about being somewhere and doing something. For example, which sentence is correct? "I am in the backyard enjoying the barbecue." or "I am ...
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comma usage in English [closed]

Is it necessary to use a comma before and, when it is between two items (nouns)? example; They received money, and food from a charity. Is it necessary to use comma before and here?
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Should two independent clauses separated by “and” also have a comma even when used in parantheses with the phrase “you know”?

My question deals specifically with this example: I was extremely excited, so it was hard for me even to grab the doorknob and turn it—I kept on missing and my hand was shaking, you see—but once I ...
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Use of Commas with names. save our relationship :) [duplicate]

I live with my Brazilian girlfriend, and we have been debating (not arguing....ok kinda) the use of commas with a name. Can any kind person please finish the debate/arguing for us. And answer the ...
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Comma use in geographical locations

I'm just wondering do I need to apply a comma to this sentence? not sure if it's the same with similar sentences with a city, also not sure what sentence type this is I think it's a complex sentence. ...
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Comma placement around a quote

Which of these three sentences shows correct comma use? It's a mistake to separate the prepositional phrase, 'at three today', from the rest of the sentence. OR It's a mistake to separate the ...
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Comma before the word “where”

I am unclear on whether or not to put a comma before the word "where" in these two sentences: 1. The inner core is at the center of the Earth where it is the hottest 2. The inner core is at the center ...
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Oxford comma with nonessential phrases

So, I've got the following list containing a nonessential phrase ("ultimately"), non-Oxford comma: stifling curiosity, creativity and, ultimately, progress. Is it then correct, when converted to ...
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Does this sentence warrant quotation marks and a comma?

I was confused by the word “swirl”, yet it becomes obvious “swirl” is the correct word, when the following speaker repeats the word, seconds later. I was told there were two errors with my ...
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Commas, em dashes, or nothing at all?

To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of… Should this phrase have a comma (or an em dash) before 'solely' and after 'race' or ...
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Should I use a comma before “who” in this sentence, or can it be written without that comma?

Which of the following is correctly written as far as its comma (or lack of comma) is concerned? People who love their jobs can easily excel in their fields of work than those, who put salary on the ...
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Is this phrase an appositive?

I am really confused about this below sentence. I don't know whether it is appositive or not. If it is not an appositive then can i use comma before and after it? I as a student should always try ...
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Punctuation for 'and therefore', 'and as a result' etc when they don't introduce an independent clause

I have seen similar questions regarding 'and therefore' when it introduces an independent clause, and the favourite seems to be '..., and, therefore, ...' to punctuate without making 'therefore' the ...
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Comma use because of subject change

I was looking at the usage of the idiom "Next thing I knew" and found that comma was/wasn't used after this idiom in idiom dictionaries. If someone could throw the light on why it so? 1st use: I ...
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Why a punctuation is used in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm puzzled on why a comma is used in this sentence. "He showed admirable restraint, and refused to be provoked." Independent and Dependent clause logic doesn't work here. I saw this on Cambridge ...
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Is this a dialogue tag?

Lately, I've been pondering about this question. First of all, we already know that dialogue tags consist of a noun or a pronoun followed by a verb like "said," and "ask." "Like this one," I ...
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Implicit “that/which is/are” in nonrestrictive relative clause

Is it grammatically correct to leave off "that is" or "which is" in a nonrestrictive relative clause? Is there a term for this? Is this actually a different phenomenon? It (sometimes?) seems to apply ...
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Should commas really be put in the beginning of a sentence if I put something in front of the subject?

I am currently a student at a school with a fairly low english level. I live in a non-english country. I am bringing this up not becuase it really changes anything, but rather to clarify that the ...
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Can this be considered a dialogue tag?

Lately, I've been pondering about this question. First of all, we already know that dialogue tags consist of a noun or a pronoun followed by a verb like "said," and "ask." "Like this one," I ...
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“severe”, chronic illness: Is “severe” in this case a coordinate adjective or a cumulative adjective?

I understand the comma rule concerning the difference between two kinds of adjectives: coordinate adjectives and cumulative adjectives. Coordinate adjectives are adjectives in a row that each ...
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Comma before “which” and after “unable to do so”

I'm having trouble deciding if "I estimate to be $10,000.00" is a non-restrictive or restrictive phrase, and therefore the need for a comma surrounding this phrase. In addition, is a comma required ...
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Confusion with comma placement

Where should the commas be in this sentence? That was his sister Lucy's pet hamster. Should there be a pair of commas surrounding 'Lucy's'? The possessive is throwing me off. Thanks :)
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Usage of a comma in definitions separated by “and let” [closed]

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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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? [duplicate]

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? [closed]

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 sentences

"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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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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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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Is a comma needed after stares? [closed]

"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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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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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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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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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