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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Comma between subject and predicate (when predicate is noun clause ending in verb)

Here are a few quotes that may or may not be faithful to their authors, in which the subject is a noun clause ending in a verb followed by a comma: "What can be shown, cannot be said." "What gets ...
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Comma Separating Ordinary Prepositional Phrase Following Object

I was playing a board-game last night with my friends and stumbled on this sentence in the rule book: Each Mine Region your Dwarves occupy is worth 1 bonus Victory Coin, at the end of your turn. ...
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Replacing “and” with comma

EB size and structure is known to influence differentiation potential, and the microwell system provides a robust, efficient method of producing EBs of any size or shape. I've seen many sentences in ...
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“Oxford” comma with adjectives

Suppose you have some coordinate adjectives modifying a noun. E.g. "the cold, tired, hungry dog." You could rewrite this as "the cold and tired and hungry dog" but would these "the cold, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Comma usage with intoductory phrases and/or words

I have the following sentence "But, in general, we tend to..." Is this proper comma usage? A similar sentence "However, as for today, we..." Thank you.
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Punctuation for imagined/interpreted content in narrative

He had a look that said "I hate you". He had a look that said 'I hate you'. He had a look that said, "I hate you". He had a look that said, 'I hate you'. He had a look that said "I hate you." He had a ...
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Comma needed after “months”?

Is a comma needed after the word "months" in the following sentence? Over the course of several months he was subjected to a battery of diagnostic tests and assessments. Thank you!
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Comma before “as” and “where”

Can someone kindly help me determine if a comma is needed within the following two sentences? It also challenged me to think creatively, as I frequently had to modify or reinvent traditional ...
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so conceived after comma

Naturalism, on this understanding, is the view that there is nothing outside the natural world, so conceived. What does "so conceived" mean exactly here?
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Comma grammatical function

Could someone please name the grammatical comma use in the sentence below? It looks like an interrupter (parenthetical), but I'm unsure if the usage is correct. "The title of the song “This is ...
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Use of commas with repeated coordinating conjunctions that share the same subject

What is the rule for using commas with repeated coordinating conjunctions that share the same subject? Example (how to punctuate this sentence without rewording it): I woke up early and then ...
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Is “per person per comment” preferable to “per person, per comment”?

A piece of legislation can read either "Each Senator is allotted seven minutes per person per comment" or "Each Senator is allotted seven minutes per person, per comment". Are both congruent with ...
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How to use commas in a question asking which of the two is right?

Did she just become rich or was she born rich? Did she just become rich , or was she born rich? Did she just become rich , or, was she born rich? Which are the correct ways to ask this question? ...
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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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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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Which 2 sentences are correct?

Blockquote Can't wait to celebrate, my bags are packed. Sorry to miss it, can't find my passport. Blockquote Can't wait to celebrate. My bags are packed. Sorry to miss it. Cant find my passport....
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nouns separated from postpositive adjectives by a comma

If geometrical patterns below is separated from marked by a comma that means marked refers to the flower beds. Is this reasoning correct? I once read something about this but I cannot seem to remember ...
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coordinating conjunctions with commas between multiple dependent clauses (rules/ usage)

Joining multiple clauses in a single sentence using comma? Was a question on the other site, but he's chaining multiple dependent clauses with 'which'. But in contrast with that question: using ...
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Are these two adjectives acting as coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?

I'm trying to understand whether the two adjectives in this sentence are acting as cumulative adjectives (no comma; different categories within Order of Adjectives) or coordinate adjectives (takes ...
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Help with punctuation in non-restrictive clauses

Would someone be kind enough to tell me whether the sentence below is OK, considering that 'fashioned' is a past tense verb, 'believe' is a present tense verb, and refuse' is also a present tense verb....
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Punctuation confusion, commas, semicolons, and em dashes

I'm having a hard time trying to punctuate the following sentence. I have it using just commas right now, but I do not think that is right. On Earth they see the Sun every day, it’s always there, ...
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Comma Usage In Certain Texts

Is the comma after "wrote" in this text needed: Hello. Your management application was declined due to 3+ grammar mistakes. We suggest you try again, but do not use commas before "because" unless ...
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Comma or no comma for restrictive clause in quotations?

From what I understand, clauses that restrict the subject it is modifying are not preceded by a comma. The dog Charlie has brown fur. I am unsure about how commas interact with these clauses when ...
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Semicolon or comma in example sentence

On a resume, which one is correct: Worked closely with internal and external stakeholders; for instance, Australian government Or Worked closely with internal and external stakeholders, for ...
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Can I use a question mark and the a comma or semicolon here? If not, how can I write this coherently?

What is the correct way to punctuate a sentence like the following? The problem of descrimpivity challenges us to answer the following questions: (1) which is more important, the bibble or the ...
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Why are there no commas after some prepositional phrases and not others?

Why is that in sentence 1 below, a comma before "of" is permitted? Detective Polly found that, of the hundreds of cases of malaria near the river, all but three involved near the contaminated ...
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Using “and” multiple times within a list

The sentence in question is: Today I went to the store, bought eggs, cheese, and milk, and bread. Is it ever proper to write the first and? Other cases I find use the and to connect one thing ...
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Commas Between the Subject and the Verb and Predicate - A Mistake or Acceptable Usage?

I have always believed that the placement of a comma between the subject and the verb and predicate was an error (as in "Whoever is capable of forgetting a benefit, is an enemy to society."). However, ...
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Commas with dates

Would you use a comma or not after 12 in the following sentence? I've got this MRI report dated June 12 of 2017. I've got this MRI report dated June 12, of 2017. I know if the word "of" is not used ...
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Do the ellipsis/ellipses (…) replace commas?

There is contradicting information on how to use the ellipsis/ellipses (and contradicting information on what its exact name is called--but that's irrelevant) so I'll ask. And I know it's mostly a ...
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But instead serves as both interupt and continuation (commas)

I have a very complex, long sentence. The Fire This Time focuses not on the "black rage" that occurred after Michael Brown, a black eighteen year old "unarmed kid," was shot, but instead examines the ...
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Is 'The longer the prediction period, the more easy and accurate is the knowledge of the water and trees' a conditional sentence without if?

the following sentence: The longer the prediction period, the more easy and accurate is the knowledge of the water and trees. Is this a conditional sentence without if? Could I rewrite it as "...
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I told you that

I was writing a sentence to send to a friend. The sentence is: I told you that after you get all A's in your classes, I would get you a unicorn. Should there be a comma after "that"? Also, I shouldn'...
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Fragments and commas

In I enjoyed the intellectual challenge of my previous engineering roles, but competition is what truly motivates me. I also relish the process of perfecting a difficult skill. Be it, out-...
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Comma Placement for an Essay

I'm writing an essay, and I need a bit of help with my comma placement. There is a series of short sentences that go like this: He seems angry, to some. He seems insane, to most. He seems resolute, ...
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Should comma in front of colon be omitted?

Should the comma in the sentence below be omitted? A comes in two forms, depending on how often they do B: X Y .
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Adjective if adjective usage with commas

What's the correct way to construct the following structure? adjective + if + adjective Her careful, if paranoid, approach meant that she didn't make any mistakes. Have I put the commas in the ...
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Comma usage after introductory adverb

Is a comma needed in this sentence? There they search for an identity of their own.
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Usage of commas in a non-restrictive clause

I am wondering about the usage of commas in the following sentence. "I have given, in English, multiple seminars." I am not sure if nonrestrictive is the correct term, but I believe that "in ...
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Are there any exceptions to the “only put a comma before and if it is followed by an independent clause” rule?

I've read on dozens of threads that if 'and' is followed by a dependent clause, no comma should be placed before it, and if 'and' is followed by an independent clause, it should most definitely be ...
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Comma between an “or” when there is an “and” in both options?

I have an "or" sentence with only two options, but each option contains it's own "and!" I have done research, and have found that I would NOT use the comma, but it looks very strange to me. Would ...