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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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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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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"Oh, dear!" vs. "Oh dear!"

Which is correct, "Oh, dear!" or "Oh dear!"? My understanding is that the word oh is an interjection, and should thus be followed by a comma. However, is the second usage the correct one because the ...
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Should I use a comma with a phrase and clause modifying the same noun?

There were things strewn on the floor which the child could have put in his mouth. Should I use a comma here? Without one, it looks like it's saying the child could have put the floor in its mouth.
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Punctuation before and within an adverb clause

I have a sentence which includes two independent elements connected by 'and' within an adverb clause. Do I still place a comma before the and? Ex: Jett's dad died when he was seven and his little ...
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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 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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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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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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Why should there be a comma in this sentence before "because"?

It was supported by stating that a reliable fabric supplier has been found and that a major competitor is no longer making alpaca overcoats, because of which demand will be high. Why is there a comma ...
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Does a comma go there? [duplicate]

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not to use a comma in the type of situation shown in the examples below: Jane was concerned that running by herself she might get mugged. Jane ...
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A colon or a comma in alternative questions

Which punctuation mark should be used before the second part of the alternative question? Should it be a colon or a comma? Eg: What do you like best: pears or apples? or What do you like best, pears ...
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Is there a comma before "and why?" at the end of a question?

If so, would I also put commas if a question ended with "why or why not?" Ex: Are you going to bake cookies, and why, or why not?
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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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Comma between prepositional phrases

Would there be a comma after the year here? As this is a series of prepositional phrases, I am uncertain about whether the comma should be inserted. The composer was alleged to have said this to his ...
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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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Is a comma needed after an italicized thought as it is with a prototypical quote?

I'm trying to sort out whether the same rules apply to thoughts as quotes in this context. Also curious to know if using italics for this in the first place is proper. I wish I knew how to write ...
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Comma or no comma before "in part because"?

"Running outdoors burns about five percent more calories than running on a treadmill, in part because there is greater wind resistance outdoors." I was taught that you shouldn't put a comma before '...
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Confused on how to use "instead" in the middle of a sentence

I am dumbfounded on why the man does not spring for Walton’s help, instead, he makes sure the vessel is headed North. I'm confused on how to use "instead" in the middle of my sentence. Is that ...
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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 or semicolon between independent clauses that have internal commas and that are joined by a coordinating conjunction

In high school I learned that when joining two independent clauses where either contained a comma I should always use a semicolon before the coordinating conjunction. For example, If Alice had known ...
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How to structure the speech of one character when it consists of two linked but independent phrases

If you were writing a quote structured like this... 'You were right Izzy!', said Ted, 'there is something we can do.' … would be correct to have a fullstop after 'Ted' and a capital letter for 'there'...
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"Sorry, if" - comma usage incorrect?

I was criticised for the usage of a comma before the subordinating conjunction 'if'. The sentence was "Sorry, if this was in any way unpleasant..." I was under the impression that comma ...
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When do we need to put a comma after "so" at the beginning of a sentence?

I noticed that most of the times when the conjunction "so" is used at the beginning of a sentence, it is followed by a comma: So, this gets published but the fact that it is inaccurate gets ...
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Comma before "either" at end of this sentence

Please help me determine whether or not to include a comma at the end of the third sentence: "I won't be talking to my ex at the party tonight." -"But what if she talks to you?" "I won't ...
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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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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 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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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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if and because in compound-complex sentences

I am confused about compound-complex sentences that begin with if and because. In general, if a compound-complex sentence begins with an introductory phrase and contains two dependent clauses, all ...
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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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What grammar rule is this? (Commas)

a detective club consisting of teens specializing in solving mysteries → each teen is great at solving mysteries a detective club consisting of teens, specializing in solving mysteries → the detective ...
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The usage of commas with the word "additionally"

Could you please tell me if one should opt to insert a comma before and after the word "additionally" in this sentence? Referring back to my school, it had a strong policy in terms of ...
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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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Do need a comma before "whose"?

Do I need a comma before "whose" in this sentence: John was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend whose charming personality made a mark on everyone who met him.
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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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When to use commas in a sentence that starts with "finally", "additionally", etc.?

If I have a sentence that starts with additionally, finally, consequently, etc. do I always have to put a comma after it? Or is there a different rule?
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Can someone tell me if this sentence contains a comma splice?

My friend and I have been arguing about whether the construction of this sentence is correct. Here is the sentence in question: I love all of those books, some would say too much. He argued that this ...
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When to use a comma after "there is in fact"?

The following quote from Anthony Burgess has a comma after it: There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in ...
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Should there always be a comma after "therefore","However" etc.?

Should you always type a comma after "therefore","however" etc. in the beginning of a sentence? Also, when these (and similar) words are used in the middle of a sentence, should ...
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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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Bold type and commas [closed]

This is a bold statement, but this is normal. The first clause is written in bold. Should the comma be bold or not?
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Should I always use a comma after "e.g." or "i.e."?

It seems that "e.g." is always followed by a comma but "i.e." is not. Why is that?
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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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Comma before "and" where "and" is not a conjunctive joining independent clauses [ie with compound predicates]

I see that many people, many professionals on this site in particular, use a comma after an "and" that does not act as a conjunctive in a sentence with a compound predicate; for example, ...

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