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Comma position when there are few words in quotes

A: You should not use this word to describe a built-in TV. B: I didn't use it to describe a "built-in TV", and I don't think anybody would. Should I move the bolded comma inside the quotes? ...
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Is there a comma splice in this sentence: "My family went to Australia, then they emigrated to Canada"?

My family went to Australia, then they emigrated to Canada. Is the comma in the above sentence considered a comma splice? Somebody who is more fluent than me said so, but doesn't the word "then&...
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Can I use a comma in this context?

I stopped only when I was face to face with the dark pit; its feverish breath, overwhelming. In this case, I wrote "its feverish breath, overwhelming" instead of "its feverish breath ...
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Comma omission in a specific case

I went, waving my hand, to my friend. Can I omit the two commas? I went waving my hand to my friend. This is what I want to write.
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the merciless lord of death

a. The merciless lord of death in the underworld is waiting for me. b. The merciless lord of death, in the underworld, is waiting for me. c. The merciless lord of death who is in the underworld is ...
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talked angrily to me as [closed]

a. He talked angrily to me, as to his child. b. He talked angrily to me as to his child. Do these mean: He talked angrily to me and to his child as well. He talked angrily to me in the same way he ...
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A question on commas

Are the uses of commas in the following sentence incorrect? The quote is taken from the first Harry Potter novel. "Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal ...
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Comma after preposition phrase in mid-sentence

We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep. Why is there a comma after "moment"? I see this commas usage very often. (This sentence was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in The ...
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What does a comma mean when it separates noun phrases?

A comma separating adjectives is understood as AND. What does a comma mean when it separates noun phrases? Flow is a state of mind, a level of concentration in which outside stimuli seem to fall away....
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"I am John(,) from the USA" — Is the comma necessary?

When restrictive phrases are used to modify the noun, the speaker implies there is more than just one of that thing. If there is only one, then a comma is needed so it is non-restrictive. But I often ...
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a man riding a horse

He was a man tall and strong, riding a horse like a knight, humming a tune. He was a man tall and strong, riding a horse, like a knight, humming a tune. Is he like a knight or is he riding a horse ...
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What is an appositive and how should it be punctuated?

An appositive is a noun that immediately follows another noun in order to clarify it. An appositive usually follows the noun it explains or identifies, but it may also precede it. Restrictive ...
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lesser mortal beings [duplicate]

a. He was talking about demons and lesser mortal beings. b. He was talking about demons and lesser, mortal beings. Can we tell if the writer of these sentences considers 'demons' mortal beings or not? ...
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Using a comma instead of "and" when you have a subject with two verbs

My question is exactly as mentioned in the title. What do you call the sentence structure when a comma is used instead of "and" when you have a subject with two verbs (to describe two ...
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Comma before "before" and "after"

I have the following table: Troy, apothecaries' and avoirdupois weights | - Troy | - Avoirdupois | - Apothecaries' before 1864 | - Apothecaries' after 1864 -------...
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Deep underneath us where two tectonic plates are pushing past each other

Are the following versions both okay? If so, what is the function of the first comma in (b)? a. Deep underneath us where two tectonic plates are pushing past each other, magma heats groundwater. b. ...
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Using nonessential clauses in a list of items

In this sentence, would you put a comma after daughter, Harper, and dog? Fun for me includes spending time with my family, watching my daughter Harper grow, playing with my dog Emma, golfing, cooking, ...
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Why did the author use a comma instead of 'and'?

If we enumerate a list of things, do we put and (or , and) in front of the last thing? Why did the author use a comma instead of and? The difference of effect between books which are not literature ...
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(Non)essential elements and commas

I'm struggling with whether the commas are necessary for this sentence I'm editing. Does the part within the commas count as an essential or nonessential phrase? Or something else? I struggle with ...
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Why is comma used in this sentence?

Why is comma used in this sentence? Hyena crept slowly round, making the most of his spotted brown camouflaged fur against the brownish stems of grass.
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Is it correct to place "smiling" after the verb instead of at the end? "She reread smiling the typed note"

She reread the typed note, smiling. The phrase "the typed note" is serving as a direct object to the verb "reread" as it raises the question of what. While the participle "...
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Commas and articles in dissertation title

Given these options, what is the correct title for a PhD dissertation: Efficient Parallelizable Algorithm for Redundant Manipulators An Efficient Parallelizable Algorithm for Redundant Manipulators ...
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Gandhi tells us what we do to others we also do to ourselves?

Gandhi tells us what we do to others we also do to ourselves. Shouldn't there be a comma here between 'to' and 'others'? Can this sentence be considered grammatically correct even without the comma ?
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Why did the author use commas in the sentence?

Because he moved the adverbial four thousand years too late, which is normally in the last part, before to take the credit for atomic theory? I was sitting outside a restaurant in Spain one summer ...
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Comma usage: I put something, into my mouth [closed]

I put something, into my mouth. I want to know commas can be used in this way. Of course, the comma is not necessary, but I want to know some possibility. Sometimes, I put it, into my mouth, but ...
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"Which" clause with a comma

I'm describing Step 3. Does using a comma affect what "which" modifies. Should I use a comma? When there is a comma, does "which" refer to the entire bold clause The harvested ...
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Is it appropriate to put "since" at the beginning of a sentence if it comes after a question?

What do you usually do during that period? Since I have no idea what I’ll do. Normally, I would put a comma before "since", but since the first part is a question, I have to end the ...
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Comma for independent clause

It is known that cookies are sugary, and that, therefore, cookies are delicious. "Cookies are delicious" is an independent clause but "that cookies are delicious" is not. How ...
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Commas with appositive?

a. The brother of Pete's wife, John, was at the party. b. The brother of Pete's wife John was at the party. Which is correctly punctuated if John is the brother of Pete's wife? I think the problem ...
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Usage of " only to"

Could you help me understand the following structure: This sentence is from Advanced Grammar in Use: " Note, however, that the situation or event does not have to continue until the time of the ...
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Question about Comma - Determining Clauses

In the sentence below, should there be a comma after "President"? John comes to RNW from the Office of the President, where he supported the RanTech systems for the last 20 years.
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Use of the comma in this phrase

Is the use of the comma before "in light of" necessary, optional or extra? "This book focuses on this procedure from the perspective of the right to effective judicial protection, in ...
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Does the use of the em dash work here? Should there be a comma after the second em dash?

Presenting two main aspects of her practice—slow art and language—this exhibition is a coalescence of her enthralment with everyday marvels and her fascination with the intricacies and nuances of ...
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"Those who can't do, teach." Why is this written with a comma?

Those who can't do, teach. Why do you put a comma between the subject and the verb?
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Punctuating 'though' when it follows a main clause

Can someone give me the reasons why this comma cannot be skipped? I am not sure where to go, though. I find it natural to write this without a pause, but the word processor insists I use this comma.
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Adjectives next to a noun, separated by a comma

Can we add the adjectives of a noun next to it separated by a comma as below in poetry and in general? eg 1: Her hair, long and shiny, blowing in the wind {..} eg 2: Your girl, her hair long and ...
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How do I use "plus" in a sentence?

I am trying to express this sentence. He doesn't have the key to the storage room plus he doesn't even know where it is. Do I need to add a comma before the conjunction "plus", or is this ...
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One comma or two commas for a specialization?

Must I add one more comma (before "will") in this sentence? Funds send to this address on any other chain, including main Ethereum chain will be irreversibly lost!
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How does one understand the necessity of putting commas in relative clauses?

Why is the clause "who was wearing a blue hat" in the first sentence(1) a defining one? It seems to me to me that this sentence is clear in its meaning if we omit this information and regard ...
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Sentence with or without comma

The company decided to import it , with payment against documents. It says on the internet that payment against documents is a payment method where the exporter submits the documents to the importer ...
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How do I put three reasons together in a sentence?

In conclusion, as there is no incentive for the people to contribute, the government becomes dangerously dictatorial, and corruption is widespread, socialism does not work. By the above sentence, I ...
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Why is there a comma after who?

This textbook says, "The San Francisco School Department was sued on behalf of Chinese speaking students who, parents and other advocates charged, were not being provided with an equal education&...
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Should I put comma after an if-clause inside a that-clause?

On an academic paper, I wrote the following sentence. This equation implies that if an agent exploits the former factor, its investment provides a positive profit. Correct me if I am wrong, but I ...
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Why is a comma used in this sentence instead of a semicolon?

LONDON—The U.K. government announced sweeping tax increases and spending cuts on Thursday**,** becoming the first major Western economy to start sharply limiting its spending growth after years of ...
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Is comma in front of "in which" is right or wrong?. (It's not a non-essential clause.)

I have been confused about this sentence. The first step is the phase, in which the students have to learn and write down all they know. So comma in front of "in which" is right or wrong? ...
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A comma before "that" in a relative clause?

Our English teacher has explained to us that when "that" is used in a relative clause, which is not a non-defining relative clause, which means I can't use a comma, but when I studied some ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and punctuations are used correctly?

Is this sentence grammatically correct and coherent? Based on the availability of my examining committee and committee chair, Tuesday, January 17th, 1 PM - 3PM works for everyone for my candidacy ...
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Usage of "of" followed by "and"

Here is a sentence. "They’ve asked how your diary looks at the end of this week and next." Does it mean they are asking how my diary looks at the end of this week and at the end of next week?...
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Separating phrases with commas

In a sentence like this: Her hands adorned with bracelets moved swiftly. Should there be a comma next to hands? Should I separate the phrase "adorned with bracelets" or just leave it as ...
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Comma in the place of that is

The Maple tree full of leaves stood in the entrance of the building. Should I enclose "full of leaves" within a pair of commas? The Maple tree, full of leaves, stood in the entrance of the ...
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