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 placement for a direct address of a noun

This may be a pretty unusual sentence, but I am curious to get some feedback on how it should be constructed, to improve clarity. The sentence is: And, time, it never did me the favor of fully ...
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I see many articles not using a/an/the when they should be, and usually it does pass my proofreader

It's manufactered at (a) high temperature. Having proteins at (a)high temperature with fats is not healthy. It makes since that we should use the article a, but somehow on doing google search, there ...
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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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Should there be a comma after the word “own” in this sentence? “Following my own, unique path has been most rewarding.”

"Following my own, unique path has been most rewarding." OR "Following my own unique path has been most rewarding." Should there be a comma after own? Thank you.
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How to alternate between commas and semi colons

Semicolons are used instead of (, and ), and also in lists that contain commas. But what if I had both uses right after each other as in my following example, having a stream of continuous ...
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Help me punctuate these two sentences

the following is the result of me translating and then subtitling I am not entirely sure if I should use a comma at the end of the 1st line or even in the second line. but I chose to put it as follows....
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Is this phrase additional information that needs to be separated by commas?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Are commas correct in this scenario? These religions and their underlying philosophies made China’s social structure less balanced. or These ...
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Comma before conjunction

"As I saw it, the relationship between a typical African and his dog is one of tangible mutualism. I say tangible because the African sees himself as the dominant creature not to be bothered by the ...
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Compound subject and verb

"The first thing that struck me as we entered the room where the painting was displayed, was the size of the painting" <- Incorrect "The first thing that struck me as we entered the room where the ...
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Comma after “even” in a long list?

Here is an example sentence: We are running out of lasagna, wine, that fancy mustard, double chocolate cookies, parmesan cheese, even bread and rice! Do I need a comma after the word bread? I ...
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“Just say the word(,) and I'm there!”

My supervisor texted me earlier to ask if I could pick up a shift this weekend. My full reply was, "I can work whenever you guys need me, including this weekend. Just say the word, and I'm there!" Was ...
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How the sentence below isn't a run-on sentence?

A wire brush periodically swept the cotton off the blade and prevented the machine from jamming. Shouldn't the sentence be like this? A wire brush periodically swept the cotton off the blade, and ...
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Bob argues that x, and that y

Is a comma necessary to separate these two subordinate clauses? Bob argues that the company should enter market a, and that the company should abandon market b.
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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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Comma before “and” in “that” clause?

Which one is a better usage of a comma? (Grammarly says the latter one is right) I also remember that he justified the Spearman rank correlation and rigorously proved a large sample normal ...
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Is this comma usage appropriate?

I frequently receive comments from Microsoft Word telling me that my comma usage before an "and" is unnecessary. Here is an example sentence that Word flagged: I have worked with [redacted] for ...
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Is “along with” always set off by commas or preceded by a comma?

Moreover, yoga, stretching, and mobility along with strengthening exercises for the back, abdomen, and leg muscles play an important role in the management of lower back pain. Do I need to set a ...
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Understanding when to use a comma

I really have issues understanding when to use a comma. In the above example, I'm not sure if I'm using it correctly or not. On the last slide, please fill out SPOC names to reach out to, for ...
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Should commas *always* be followed by spaces?

When teaching and proofreading, I often come across examples of commas without spaces following them (e.g. "London,UK" or "apples,oranges,bananas"). In addition to correcting these, I would like to ...
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Can you put a semicolon after an and in a list with bullets? Example in body

For example, in the following list, would the use of the semicolon be proper? " These are my favorite fruits: apples banans, kiwis, tomatoes, pineapple, watermelons, and; oranges. " ...
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When should you omit a comma after 'therefore' (at the beginning of a sentence)

I'm reading William Zinssers On Writing Well and I came across the following section: Writing is an intimate transaction between two people, conducted on paper, and it will go well to the extend ...
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Comma use in “A different, but related, aspect is that…”

I've seen the following construction written both with and without the commas: A different, but related, aspect is that... Is one of them more correct, or is it a style issue?
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Comma before “but” when there is no subject?

I know we need a comma in the following: "We can not control our parents, but we can control our children." What about this though, when the subject "we" is not repeated? "We can not control our ...
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Do parentheses between parenthetical commas refer only to the phrase between commas? [closed]

Do parentheses between parenthetical commas always sometimes or never refer only to the phrase between commas? E.g. I did not mean to be stupid, nor does it matter (despite your advice). Was "...
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Comma before despite

What is better: (comma, or no comma) Most of the results of the clinical study in the hospital were focused on younger patients, despite the fact that patients of all ages could have been analyzed. ...
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Height measurements and commas [closed]

MY RESEARCH: The new Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, shows these examples: a seven-pound, eight-ounce baby a six-foot-two [or six-foot, two-inch] adult six feet two [or six feet, two inches ...
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Punctuation before ending a quotation

I was reading an article and came across this sentence: “Much wow, Bercow hid his opposition to Brexit so very well when he was Speaker.,” Mark Wallace, executive editor of ConservativeHome, ...
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How do I use a question as an embedded quotation when it also deserves a comma?

So I asked "shall I do the thing?" and he responded with "yes." In that sentence, should the ? exist? It kind of feels like it should be a comma, given its place in the sentence. Thing is, if I take ...
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Fish fish fish eat eat eat <- for real?

Consider the following sequence of (supposed) sentences: "Organisms that fish eat are tasty" is valid English sentence. "Organisms that fish eat, eat." is also valid English sentence, although it's ...
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Why there is a comma

I have read a passage recently, but there is something that makes me confused. Why there is a comma after "eliminate", before "many", and I reckon that this sentence may be correct without the comma. ...
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Should I remove the comma in the sentence? [closed]

I have a sentence in my writing: I believe that my interest, abilities, combined with my IT experiences make me an ideal candidate for this programme. The Grammarly application suggests to add a ...
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Proper use of coordinating conjunctions

Please, are these ideas connected properly by "and"? The thesis statement concisely states the main idea or argument of the essay, sets limits on the topic, and can indicate the organization of ...
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When please is at the end of the request, but before a name, should there be a comma before and after the word 'please'?

I have found similar questions but couldn't find an answer to fit mine, so I am sorry if I have asked a question which has already been asked. This is an example of the sentence: "Sit down please ...
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What is an Oxford comma and how do you use it? [duplicate]

I didn't even know this existed. What is it? How do you use it?
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Can a comma be used before 'and' here?

Is it appropriate to use a comma in these examples? We, however, discussed ways of improving the school's standard so as to increase the admission rate of students this year, and scheduled the next ...
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Should you put a comma after a question mark in a title in quote marks? [duplicate]

The convention would be to drop a comma after a question mark in normal speech: “Do you want to come to the movies with us?” Mary asked. Rather than: “Do you want to come to the movies with us?”...
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Comma usage in compound sentences

Are both these sentences correct? If so, why does one require a comma and not the other? Jeff told me that the job was still available and that the manager wanted to interview me. Jeff told me that ...
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Comma usage in a series [duplicate]

What is the rule on the use of commas in a series? Is it medical, dental, and behavioural or medical, dental and behavioural?
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Non-restrictive clauses / Correct comma use

I'm not sure which of these sentences is best: 'There are a large number of alternative, sometimes dangerous interventions being performed on children with ASD.' 'There are a large number of ...
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“I am tall, and, because of a disease, I am weak.” or “I am tall, and because of a disease, I am weak.”?

I know that it can be a stylistic choice to not place commas in between two full sentences separate by a conjunction when those sentences are very short. Ignore this stylistic choice for the example. ...
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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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Commas in “The chart shows information about how many people worked from home, in the USA and UK, between 2005 and 2010.”

So I've got this sentence in my IELTS prep book: The chart shows information about how many people worked from home, in the USA and UK, between 2005 and 2010. The commas sound so weird. I would ...
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Colon or comma: there are plenty of options [: , ] from X to Y [duplicate]

Is a comma or a colon the correct punctuation of the following sentence? There are plenty of meals from which to choose /// from pasta to steak. At the break between clauses, denoted by /// it ...
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comma use for brief pause

Isn't a comma needed after "aggressive" in the sentence below? If so, what would the rule be? I think it's for a brief pause, but I cannot find a solid answer on Google. Through the years my media ...
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Comma usage in a sentence

LiveText at NLU will also be very helpful because if I need any technical support, they are available via phone. Is the comma after support required?
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Use of the word “rather”

One of our teachers wrote the following sentence in his Parent Orientation handout: We will not be learning these subjects daily rather they will be learned weekly as follows: Should there be a ...
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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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Comma between two clauses

I want to find out why there is no comma between two clauses in this sentence and what is the grammar rule for it. But the curious thing was that while he was doing so (,) a totally different ...
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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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Correct usage of comma- Specific sentence [closed]

I don't have a choice but to reply since I try my best to dispel hate, which you're proficient at. I wanted to know if the use of a comma is appropriate in the above sentence? What does the sentence ...