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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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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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 before while?

After much searching, I am still finding (potentially) conflicting information regarding commas before subordinate conjunctions when they come at the end of the sentence. Specifically, I have read ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Comma confusion in this sentence

This of course wasn't the only functionality that came with iCloud, but regardless, developers weren't exactly enthusiastic. or This of course wasn't the only functionality that came with iCloud, ...
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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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Is a comma required here (participial phrase)?

Free press was eliminated ensuring that nothing negative about the Nazis could be published. Free press was eliminated , ensuring that nothing negative about the Nazis could be published. Now, ...
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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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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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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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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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“I met him(,) sitting on the chair(,) and talked to him.” Who was sitting on the chair?

I met him sitting on the chair and talked to him. - (He was sitting on the chair) I met him, sitting on the chair, and talked to him. - (I was sitting on the chair) Is that correct? I feel safer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Parenthetical sentence (double commas) followed by definition in parenthesis - where to put commas?

I am working with legal texts a lot and I was wondering about the following phrase that will show up in most US related prospectuses: "according to the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the ...
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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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“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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Comma placement: “Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory.”

Will someone please tell me where commas should go in the following sentence: Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory.
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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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How can I say “usually one, sometimes multiple” at the end of a sentence?

I'm struggling with this sentence fragment: “...and produces usually one, sometimes multiple, binary outputs.” Is this grammatically correct? Is there a better way to structure this? Here is the ...
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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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Does the appositive in this sentence need to be set off with commas?

On the freelancing website Upwork, there is a US Punctuation and Mechanics test one can take to boost credibility on one's profile for potential clients. These tests are administered by third-party ...
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Using commas around names that specify relationship

I've been getting conflicting information on this problem. If I write: "My brother Sam loves to eat cake." OR "My brother, Sam, loves to eat cake." OR to be REALLY clear "One of my brothers, Sam, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 comes before the full subject

I am trying to teach my students about commas and one of them asked if generally, not all the time, a comma comes before the full subject. I believe this is 90% of the time the case. I was wondering ...
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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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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 ...