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

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Commas with multiple prepositional (adverbial) phrases at the end of the sentence on the ground of restrictive/non-restrictive modifier

Do we put commas between 2 or more prepositional phrases that immediately follow each other at the end of the main clause if all of them modify/restrict the main predicate differently (e.g. one ...
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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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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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Coordinating conjunction right before a subordinate clause

How should the following sentence be formatted? The beagles lost the game, but, because of their excellent attempt, they won our hearts. The beagles lost the game, but because of their ...
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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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Comma after a year question

Would there be a comma after the year here? As this is a series of prepositional phrases, I am uncertain that the comma should be inserted. The composer was alleged to have said this to his ...
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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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What is the best way to say and use commas in “Missing items in, or damages to, your room”?

If there are missing items in, or damages to, your room at the start of the year, you may incur a fine. My question is about whether or not there is a grammatical term or rule for what I'm trying to ...
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Commas - yes or no? “Everwhere from…” list

Trying to figure out if this statement needs more (or less) commas: My position as a flight attendant has taken me everywhere from hiking in Nepal, to swimming with dolphins in Jamaica, to eating ...
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Compound-Complex Comma Usage

I couldn't find this question on here, and I've tried scouring the Internet, but to no avail. It's quite possible I'm just not searching with the appropriate keywords. The question is regarding comma ...
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The usage of commas with the word “additionally”

Good time of the day. I just want to clarify something with your help. Can you please tell me should one opt to insert a comma before and after the word "additionally" in this instance? "Referring ...
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Colon Use or Not

I listened to the song. It went: The man in the hat is crazy. The man in the hat is.... Should there be a colon after 'went'? Or not?
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Punctuation, comma or not

You are beautiful, child, beautiful. You are beautiful, child. Beautiful. How should I punctuate the above sentence? thanks
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Is the lack of a comma here correct?

I am reading a paper and was confused about how exactly the commas should be used in the following phrase: Additionally, if the sensor is housed in a metal pod the readings can be near useless. ...
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commas with asyndeton (series without 'and') at beginning of sentence

We don't put a comma between a subject and verb phrase, even with a series: My Dad, my sister, and my brother came home together. What about after a series that is an asyndeton, where the 'and' ...
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Need help with comma placement in relation to sense of sentence

I'm puzzling over the following sentence from a chapter I'm proofreading: "We all have homes, and jobs to go to in the morning." My brief is to only make changes where it is absolutely necessary i.e....
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Implied first person as a subject of a sentence and using semicolons?

I am writing my professional profile on my CV and questioning a couple of things. As it's my CV, each bullet point places me as the subject, and I don't want to explicitly point this out every ...
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Should a sentence have a comma before the quotation when the quotation is given an indefinite article?

See the following: I heard the man shout out a, “Good luck, lad!” Should there be a comma after a? Thanks!
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Comma between two embedded relative clauses introduced by a verb, starting with relative pronouns, and connected with a conjunction?

Consider the following sentence: But the question of how to make sure that software is written effectively(,) and at the same time that it works correctly in all cases is bothering many software ...
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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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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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Use of comma to include or exclude

In the following: The French background check program, in partnership with the French army, is extended to the following: - All French tennis Technical Officials, National and Above Does this mean ...
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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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Comma Before Participal Phrase

I'm studying for the SAT and ran into this issue on a practice test. My prepbook says that commas shouldn't be used between an independent and dependent clause in that order. To me "creating..." ...
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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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“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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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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“to make sure” parallelism and comma

Is the first comma needed in the sentence "To make sure that the audit will go smoothly, and you will avoid future questions from auditors, please ..."? My thinking is that although we normally put a ...
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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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