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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Must a compound sentence have a comma?

Must a compound sentence have a comma? If it simply linking two independent clauses with a conjunction, does it require a comma? e.g. He poured me another drink and I drank it. If not a compound ...
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sentence common structure [closed]

The soothing music had turned into a volcano eruption, and the breeze had turned into a hurricane. The soothing music had turned into a volcano eruption, and the breeze, a hurricane. is it ...
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Do I place a comma when omitting "that," in this sentence?

For some reason, I feel like this sentence doesn't look right without a comma when I omit "that" Original sentence: He stopped so abruptly that red dust kicked up. To: He stopped so abruptly ...
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Is reverberate a dialogue tag? [closed]

Just like the title say and here are the examples: “Took you long enough.” Without warning, her voice reverberated from my side. “Ngh! Phew… Oh no!” A voice reverberated from the crash site and ...
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Purpose of comma in context [duplicate]

What is the function of the comma here? Is it to avoid ambiguity? He should send his troops across the river, either in sufficient numbers to overwhelm the opposition forces or (in sufficient numbers)...
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Multiple Commas [closed]

In the following sentence, does there need to be a comma before so? Or is the comma after it enough? I don’t understand what the word means, so, of course, I look it up in the dictionary.
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is the phrase "Leading To" a coordinating conjunction? [closed]

I read that it is a rule of thumb to use a comma before any coordinating conjunctions that link two independent clauses (I have issues with knowing when to add a comma). for example, I have the ...
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Connecting two sentences with only a comma - no connector [migrated]

In the sentence below, why is there a comma without a connector or transition? What rule allows separation of two sentences with a comma but without a connector? Is this phrase ("the fulfilment ...
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Is the comma in the sentence "He invented the hard hat, designed to protect against falling objects." correct?

He invented the hard hat designed to protect against falling objects. He invented the hard hat, designed to protect against falling objects. Does the extra comma in sentence 2 make it incorrect?
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Question about capitalization after a colon, as well as a few others going on in an otherwise-unimportant sentence I wrote [duplicate]

Not exactly a life-or-death situation here, it's just a YouTube comment I'm in the process of typing in a discussion on movies, the MCU, and the MCU's version of Spider-Man. Sometimes, I write a ...
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Usually, when a dependent clause precedes an independent clause, a comma should separate the two clauses. Are there exceptions to this?

I was recently asked if a comma should always follow a dependent clause if the dependent clause precedes an independent clause. At first glance, I thought this was true, especially since I can't seem ...
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Should I always use a comma when I include two possible answers in an already complete question?

Should I always use a comma when I include two possible answers in an already complete question? I've been through this stackexchange for this question, as well as top google hits. Nothing yet. Can I ...
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When to put comma only or comma with conjunctions to separate items inside brackets (,) (, and ) [duplicate]

I was wondering about when to put comma only or comma with connectors to separate items inside brackets (,) (, and ). This is an example: Health status (physical, mental, biological, psychological) ...
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Commas Around a Disjunct After a Coordinating Conjunction? [duplicate]

Which punctuation is correct for this sentence? : "I took the dog to the park this morning and, of course, he needed a bath afterwards because he rolled in the mud." "I took the dog to the park this ...
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Punctuation in dialogue that addressed more than one person

So I got a question regarding comma in speech. Here is an example of the sentence: “Wait a minute.” I hurriedly shouted to stop him and said to her, “Who invited that blockhead to this party?" In ...
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Where do the commas go with prepositional introductory phrases?

"Over the river, through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go." Where do the commas go with these introductory prepositional phrases? Over the river, through the woods, to Grandmother's ...
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Compound Sentences with Interrupting Phrase [duplicate]

If I have a compound sentence with two independent clauses joined by an "and", but also have an interrupting phrase, what is the rule on punctuation (assuming I only want to use commas, not ...
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Does every piece of punctuation add syntactic information? [closed]

Does every piece of punctuation add syntactic information? I am on an endless mission to find a fool-proof usage for commas (for some reason I can't breathe), and in lieu of someone sending me an ...
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Is gapping comma appropriate for formal writing?

Some politicians argue that most tax is paid by the poor; others, the rich. Is this construct formal, informal or neutral?
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Comma Use Confusion

She can become enraged, even murderous at times. She can become enraged, even murderous, at times. Which of these is correct and why?
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Do you need a comma at the end of an insert? [duplicate]

I have read some documents and saw two versions: We certify that Joe Doe, born on the 1st of January 2000, attended something. We certify that Joe Doe, born on the 1st of January 2000 attended ...
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Listing items with item itself having comma [duplicate]

We looked at potential publishers for this paper, including European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications, and IEEE Transactions ...
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Comma Before "If"

I would like to ask if a comma is necessary before "if" in this sentence (this one is from the mystery novel I am writing): I adopted the literal way of understanding the verse, and if it ...
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Placing comma before ambiguous prepositional phrase

But when I'm not writing code, I'll be spending time with friends and family, in the pursuit of happiness. Is the comma placement before "in the pursuit of happiness" correct? Most of the ...
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a project involving training for children, teachers, and parents(,) was the most effective [duplicate]

is adding the comma before was necessary? a project involving training for children, teachers, and parents(,) was the most effective
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Why is there a comma after the word “recipient”?

Writing sample below (first sentence, not second) The statement is also in the interest of the recipient, as a person seeking an attorney would likely want to know if an attorney only wants easy ...
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Can a single comma close off two asides?

Example: The text's references to Joyce, as well as to Hemingway, who would often fight other pub-goers on behalf of the Irishman, made no mistake about this. It seems fine to me, but I just remember ...
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Do you always need to break up clauses with commas?

I've been getting back into creative writing after years away from it and have been running into some grammar issues. This time, it's about clauses and commas. 'I like him because he's funny and he's ...
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Comma, new sentence or semi-colon? Linking a statement with its justification/reason

I need to edit this sentence of the form "[statement about an object], [explanation as to why the statement holds]", but there is no language that links the two clauses, like a "this is ...
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Do we need the comma after 'following' here? "The following, concise descriptions of..." [closed]

My intuition is telling me that there should be no comma after 'following' in the sentence "The following, concise descriptions of...", however, I am not sure. I have never really considered ...
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Comma Between a Conjunction and an Adverb [closed]

I would like to ask if a comma is needed before the adverb that succeeds the conjunction "and"? After finishing our stuff at the police station, we walked out, and surprisingly, we found ...
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Do I separate a list of "blank to blank to blank" with commas?

The specific sentence is "The man moved from Paris to London to New York." Would I separate the names of cities with commas?
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Is using 'as if' okay as a sentence starter?

My teacher is having us write as if sentences and using as if at the start of the sentence. For example, she used "As if I had money, I went shopping". This makes no sense to me or several ...
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Comma in “for the purpose of […](,) and for the sake of simplicity,”

Let's consider the sentence For the purpose of defining the aforementioned informal problems as formal languages(,) and for the sake of simplicity, we assume the following: […] Is the comma (,) ...
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Should I use a semicolon or a comma after a semicolon-separated list?

I have a list of items separated by semicolons, because the items themselves contain commas. If this were a comma-separated list, I would offset it from the rest of the sentence with a comma, but I'm ...
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Interruption Comma "yet then somehow"?

Here are the examples: He repeated the experiment in exactly the same way yet expect different results. He repeated the experiment in exactly the same way then somehow expect different results. ...
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Comma Between Adverbs [closed]

Is a comma needed between the adverbs in the following sentence? I can smell her obviously newly ironed hair.
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On the use of commas before prepositions

I'm having some difficulties understanding why the comma is used in certain contexts. For example, why is a comma used in the below sentence, even though 'except' is a preposition (and commas are ...
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Commas in an if, or, then statement

For example, do I need the commas in the following sentence? If you use spectacles, or if you think you will require them within the next year or so, inform your supervisor. To me, this reads better ...
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Can you replace an em-dash with a comma?

If I were to say something like This is something that is revolutionary—that will redefine our society. Can you use a comma instead of an em dash? In all cases? What are the rules?
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What grammatical rule applies to this sentence?

Add chopped potatoes, mushrooms, and herbs, and cook for 20 minutes. Is a comma necessary before the second "and"? And if it is necessary, why? Please help find a grammar rule for this case.
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Using "and" at the end of list which has another item with "and" inside [duplicate]

I have a list like this. His topic of interest are GIS, automation and image and data fusion. Here, the last item name "image and data fusion" is a single item. Is my writing correct?
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Are commas of omission archaic? As in "I gave Mary a car and Tom, a boat"

It is very common to say or write something like: "I gave Mary a car and Tom, a boat." See also The Comma of Omission by Margie Holds Court. The question is the pragmatism of a comma here. ...
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Can I use a comma after an apology?

I apologize, you can return the item to the store. Is the sentence structure correct or did I need to use a period instead?
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Why is there a comma in "University of Texas, Austin" but not after?

I just came across this: “There is broad agreement that the cause of the dinosaur and pterosaur extinctions were one and the same,” University of Texas, Austin paleontologist Brian Andres says. — ...
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Comma at the End of a List Following a Colon

Is the following sentence written correctly? Bob's three favorite colors: black, red, and blue, are Emma's least favorite colors. Specifically, I'm asking about the comma following blue.
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Is this statement grammatically correct as-is, or is an extra comma required?

Settle an argument for me. This is the statement as it is written: An introverted teenage girl with an unconventional superpower, Taylor goes out in costume to find escape from a deeply unhappy and ...
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Unsure whether the clause in this sentence is restrictive or nonrestrictive [closed]

I wanted you to have something tangible in these times, in which very little is concrete. For more context: this is at the end of a letter that has already established that 'these times' = difficult ...
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Can you ever place a comma ᴀꜰᴛᴇʀ the word "which"? [duplicate]

Is there any scenario in which a comma is used right after the word which? For example, is this sentence correctly written as is — or not? The sensitivity to material AAA, which, in fact, is ...
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correctness of "and the smallest last" vs "and the smallest, last"

Which is correct? If both are correct, is one more correct than the other? The largest pixie should be eaten first, and the smallest last. The largest pixie should be eaten first, and the smallest, ...

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