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Nonrestrictive Clauses and Coordinating conjunction separating two independent clauses

Quick, not so simple question. I know that, if you join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (like "and"), you need a comma before the coordinating conjunction. For example: I ...
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Does this comma matter?

Commas always trip me up. I feel that I use them far too often, and I most likely do. Can anyone set my mind at ease in regards to the following sentence: Neutrogena is a family-oriented brand ...
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Comma here? “The store is impressive, yet thoughtful, and it feels like home”

"The store is impressive, yet thoughtful, and it feels like home." or "The store is impressive yet thoughtful, and it feels like home." I'm not sure because it's qualifying something and seems "...
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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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My understanding about the non-restrictive use of the relative clause in a partcular sentence

Almost every chinese who works at an iPhone manifacture in China usually uses a china-produced phone, which is way cheaper. I just want to make sure if my understanding especially about the non-...
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Can “ comma + and” be part of a non-restrictive clause?

Companies have competed with each other, providing better services, and have done so, while keeping costs low. Is the sentence above correct? I know that when there is a "comma + one of the FANBOYS" ...
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Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clause Question

I realize that American authors typically use "which" in nonrestrictive clauses, and "that" in restrictive clauses. But I frequently have a problem deciding whether to make a clause restrictive or non-...
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Can I use 'that' before a non-restrictive phrase?

Non-restrictive relative clauses must always be introduced by which and never by that. So can I say something like Both my computer and my car, that is run-down, were quite cheap. An Oxford ...
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What sort of phrases cannot be restrictive or non-restrictive?

The Chicago Manual of Style says A phrase that is restrictive—that is, essential to the meaning (and often the identity) of the noun it belongs to—should not be set off by commas. What sort of ...
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“The men at the shop, two of whom John knows, are helpful.” Is the relative clause restrictive or nonrestrictive?

The men at the shop, two of whom John knows, are helpful. Is the relative clause nonrestrictive or restrictive? Or ambiguous? (For written English) (1) If it is nonrestrictive, the interpretation ...
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Am I correct in describing this as both a subordinate clause and a restrictive clause?

In this sentence - Today I am starting a diet, but first I will eat all the children’s chocolate they have leftover from Easter. Is but first I will eat etc a subordinate clause that contains the ...
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Commas Usage and Restrictive Clauses

So, I'm having trouble working out whether or not the title of a literary work should be surrounded by commas. This is because most grammar guides, including the Chicago Manual of Style, which I use, ...
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Comma before “that”: OLD vs. MW

The meaning for bassinet in Oxford Learner's Dictionaries reads: a small bed for a baby, that looks like a basket while that in Merriam Webster Learner's Dictionary reads: a small bed for a ...
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Omitting/Defining a restrictive clause [duplicate]

When I have to decide whether a clause is restrictive/non-restrictive I typically figure out whether the information in the restrictive clause is, in my opinion, necessary. Is this correct or is the ...
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Omission of Non-Restrictive “Which Is”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. The above line is cited from the article on ...
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defining vs. non-defining relative elements

I know the internet fundamentals of subject but the following sentence has me confused. Additionally, guidelines are prepared that will guide the user through the phases of the automation project....
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Which word does the “which” in this sentence point to?

The wide grip that many people use slackens the back muscles, which provide crucial support for the weight and transfers the load to the spine. Does "which" in the above sentence point to "back ...
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Restrictive Clause vs. Non Restrictive Clause

Consider the following example: To add to the confusion, every New Year's Day a person, according to this Korean counting system, becomes a year older, regardless of his or her actual birthday. ...
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Would this phrase be non-restrictive?

I have a sentence here, but I'm not sure if it's a non-restrictive phrase. "I woke up[,] like a little boy on Christmas morning[,] expecting to see it raining outside." I'm not quite sure, but ...
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Commas before non-restrictive subordinating conjunctions?

It's said that a comma shouldn't be placed before a dependent clause when it comes after the independent clause, but what about when the dependent clause is non-restrictive? For example: "I can't ...
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Are all the commas and semicolons really necessary in 'My mother, Martha; my father, Jesse; and my daughter, Amy, will be there'?

Are all the commas and semicolons really needed in: 'My mother, Martha; my father, Jesse; and my daughter, Amy, will be there'? In this sentence I have only one father, only one mother and only one ...
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Need help with nonrestrictive clauses and “having v-ed” clause offset by commas

I have a question about restrictive/nonrestrictive clauses, and more specifically if they apply to the following sentence: A group of Spartan soldiers, having hidden themselves in the hollow wooden ...
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When is a modifier restrictive?

I'm reading about commas, and am finding it fairly difficult to absorb. How can I decide whether a modifier is restrictive? Google says that restrictive modifiers say something essential to the ...
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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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Restrictive vs Non-restrictive Relative Clause

Can you tell me the difference in the meaning of the two sentences below? As a defining relative clause. The location which was called Central Park was a park in New York. As a non-defining ...
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AE/Scientific language: When to use a comma before “which”

I'm struggling with the question whether to put a comma before "which" in many instances. While the general rule is "if the content after which is necessary to understand the rest of the sentence, put ...
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Do I need a comma before as in this sentence: does as start a nonrestrictive element?

The second part of my argument is that, as an English naval captain, Avery has a duty to focus solely on defeating the enemies of the King. OR The second part of my argument is that as an English ...
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Should this be a restrictive or non-restrictive relative clause?

Which makes more sense in American English? The non-restrictive relative clause: The bed has a thickness, which may be adjustable. versus the restrictive relative clause: The bed has a ...
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Why is there — and should there be — a comma following a state or country's name?

This Capital Community College document best describes my dilemma: “When both a city's name and that city's state or country's name are mentioned together, the state or country's name is treated as a ...