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Questions tagged [commas]

For questions about the proper use and placement of commas

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Comma after coordinating conjunction and before fronted adverbial

I'm not sure what to do with one of these commas. Which of these sentences is correct? 1) I'm sorry for even asking this, but, unfortunately, it's something that has to be considered. 2) I'm sorry ...
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Why sometimes it is correct not to put a comma after an if-clause?

There is a recommendation to put a comma after an if-clause which is placed at the beginning of a sentence. For example: If there was the time when songs like this were not needed, I would not live ...
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Difference between ', or' and 'or' ('or with a comma' versus 'or without a comma')

Could anyone help me to clarify the difference between ', or' and 'or'? Sometimes I see articles are intentionally written this way rather than just reflex. I've made examples below, and explained by ...
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Best X and Y vs. Best X and Best Y

Came across a place with the name Best Bagel and Coffee. This naturally brought up a debate on the following, does "Best X and Y" mean: We have the best X AND best Y We have the best X, and also we ...
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I’ve ever seen in the middle of the sentence [closed]

There is the sentence: One of the most impressive films I’ve ever seen is 12 Angry Men. But the grammar checker says it doesn’t right, and I should put commas before and after “I’ve ever seen”. ...
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“ In your letter(,) you've asked me about my relationship with music.” — do I need a comma?

Do I need a comma in the phrase "In your letter you've asked me about my relationship with music."? Grammarly (a Chrome add-on that checks spelling and punctuation) corrects it, inserting a comma ...
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Putting a comma after 'taking everything into account'

Is a comma after 'Taking everything into account' required when introducing the conclusion of an essay? For instance: Taking everything into account(,) one should choose one's job paying ...
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Should the comma in a compound predicate be omitted if the sentence starts with a quotation?

In the following sentence, should the comma be omitted? "Come in!" she said, and opened the door. My spell checker insists that this is "an unnecessary comma in a compound predicate", but removing ...
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Comma before which? [closed]

TIL: You need a comma before which and another one at the end of the nonrestrictive phrase; for example: Jeff’s new car, which is less than a month old, already started leaking oil. And I learned ...
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Sentence comma check

I would like to check the use of a comma in a report I am checking. Should the sentence (simplified) be: In the tower, there is something of interest. In the tower there is something of interest. In ...
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Identifying independent clauses

I know that a comma in front of the conjunction 'and' is usally set when and is connecting two independent clauses. I can't decide, though, if the second part of the following sentence is, in fact, ...
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essential information?

Before a vaccine was finally discovered by an American scientist Jonas Salk in 1955, more than 80% of polio patients received help from the foundation. I was given options of a) keeping the bold part ...
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Should *American Gothic* be surrounded by commas or not?

Grant Wood's best known painting, American Gothic, is one of the few images to reach the status of universally recognised cultural icon. I had thought that I should change the bold part to "painting ...
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Is my comma usage correct?

I have this sentence but I'm not sure if my comma usage was correct In the final lines, he writes, “save outrage for something even more monstrous – the way we are contributing to the starvation ...
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Comma to end a series and set it off from the rest of a sentence

The following is a question from the ACT that I answered incorrectly with H. It illustrates an important rule regarding commas in a series that I'm still mixing up. The gray highlighted portion can be ...
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Why without 'that' or comma between 'chances are' 'it involves'? And why 'fall on'?

Why without comma or point between 'chances are' 'it involves'? But whichever side people fall on -- a big breakfast or small one -- chances are it involves a cup of coffee or tea.
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Use of comma before AT

is the use of comma appropriate in the following sentence The UK had the highest amount of tea import, at around 80,000 tonnes. or should I write it without the use of a comma? The UK had the ...
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Comma placement in a series

A high-energy country music that emerged in the 1940s, bluegrass features acoustic stringed instruments, such as: the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass. F) No Change G) ...
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A semi-colon with “however” vs. a comma with “but”

Is there any significant difference between these two sentences? Joseph created a few sets himself, but the first manufacturers who inspected his new game did not think it was likely to become very ...
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Do I need a comma before 'I guess' in this sentence?

There's always a trade-off I guess. The sentence seems incorrect whether I add one or not; I might just have to re-word it.
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Are the commas in “The confusing unmatched bracket, and the fact that it is…” incorrect?

Are the commas in this sentence correct, and the comma before 'and'? Is this not a dependent clause followed by an independent clause thus no comma. If you look at it as extra information within ...
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Struggling with Comma Usage in Essential and Non-Essential Clauses

I asked this question before, and I accepted a well explained answer. However, I am still struggling with the problem. In the meantime, I did my own research which further led to more confusion. My ...
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Coordinating conjunction commas

Scientists did not find it problematic to explain the physical world with nonphysical phenomenon in seventeenth-century England. Though Bacon did. A) No Change B) England, but Bacon did. C) England; ...
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Comma usage names

One helpful set of terms is essential vs. nonessential. When the identifier makes sense in the sentence by itself, then the name is nonessential and you use a comma before it. Otherwise, no comma. ...
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Should we add a comma before 'and'?

My desire to become an excellent accountant makes me enthusiastic, motivated, focused, and an excellent fit for this job. Is it right to put a comma before "and" ?
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Use of commas and “or” with “e.g.”

In a book (Clean Architecture, Robert C. Martin, page 46) I read (e.g., jar files, DLLs, or Gem files) I wonder about the use of commas and or. I would have expected (e.g. jar files, DLLs or ...
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To use a colon or comma

I'm wondering whether to use a colon, semicolon or comma in the following sentence. I've come to a tough conclusion: The second book is better than the first. Is that correct? Or would a semicolon ...
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multiple phrases connected with comma

I aspire to help organizations achieve their goals by solving the issues in the areas of customer focus, employee engagement, adapting for change, managing in complex environment and work-life ...
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Why does however require a comma after it?

I attempted to write Of course, you may be subject to other ordinances outside city limits, however most townships and cities within this county have adopted similar rules. but grammarly suggested ...
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not well-educated [closed]

Can one write a. A group of not well-educated people are very happy with the new measures. b. A group of people not well-educated are very happy with the new measures. c. b. A group of people, not ...
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for the second time, in her office

a. Last Monday, I talked to her for the second time, in her office. Is the sentence correctly punctuated? Does it suggest that that was the second time I talked to her (whether in her office or not? ...
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Is the use of a verb-ing still correct after a comma when the subject is changed?

I know that usually we use verb-ing after a comma to say the action before the comma and that after the comma happen simultaneously. (e.g. The figure for bananas continued to grow, overtaking that for ...
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Comma Splice rules or exceptions

Are these all considered comma splices. I wasn't sure as they refer back to the clause before the comma directly as apposed to just similar ideas. In which case a semi-colon would be used. Any ...
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How doesn't a comma between a long subject and verb, improve readability?

Source: Rebecca Gowers. Plain Words (2014 ed). p. 247 Middle. Foreword: The title instances one such use of the comma. (6) The use of a comma to mark the end of the subject of a verb, or the ...
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Can introductory phrase be followed by a question?

Can the introductory phrase "Among thousands of search results," be followed by the question "which one do you choose to click on"? Among thousands of search results, which one do you choose to ...
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Type of sentence structure

The last sentence here – supplemental – what distinguishes it from a sentence that would cause a comma splice? If I was to write - it was the most fitting conclusion... it would become a comma splice ...
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Comma before a participial phrase at the end of a sentence

Below is an exercise from this website. I'd like to ask if the sentence is correctly punctuated. Should not there be a comma between whale and looking? My dad spotted the whale looking through his ...
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Punctuation in a compound sentence describing two parallel processes

Do I need a comma at the end of a clause that presents some action that is happening simultaneously with the action that will be described in the main clause? For example: When kids' passive ...
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I'm confused about the use of a comma here

Important note: This is an exercise in which I have to summarize written text in a single sentence. What I wrote as a summary was this: Which one of these is correct regarding comma usage?: (NOTE: ...
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A comma before “because” in a sentence like “This effect happens(,) because of this cause.”

In this sentence, should there be a comma before because: A file was excluded because it cannot be updated. Part of me thinks cause and effect should have a comma. This effect happens, ...
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“Sometime” or “Sometimes”

Sometime it is difficult to live a honest life. Should sometime be changed to sometimes and should there be a comma after it?
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Do we put a comma before 'just like'?

I know that there is a comma before 'Just as' when it is in the middle of the sentence, but does the same rule apply for 'Just like'? Just like John, Steven is interested in Physics. Steven is ...
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Is it necessary to have a clause after word “that”

It has long been known that the sea otters living along the West Coast of North America help keep kelp forests in their habitat healthy and vital A. NO CHANGE B. living along the West Coast of ...
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Do I need a comma before which?

Introducing the new service, which provides support and guidance for those of you with caring responsibilities.
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usages of comma

Did they use the comma properly in the following sentence? should not the verb be "destroy", not "destroys"? This proliferation, and the resulting construction, destroys the habitats of many animals ...
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Comma accuracy and style choice

The fight cost him his life, almost. Laying in the grass, looking at the sky, she watched the stars in the awe, mesmerized at their beauty, natural beauty. Is the use of "almost" and "natural ...
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“God help the outcasts”- lack of direct address comma?

I was listening to various Disney songs, including "God Help the Outcasts", which got me wondering- why is there not a comma because of the direct address? From what I understand, if it's speaking ...
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Is question an independent sentence?

Anyone who wants to commute by bike must learn some basic maintenance and repair- most importantly, how to change a flat tire. A. NO CHANGE B. repair; C. repair, which D. repair, Correct Answer: ...
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not sure if the sentence is connected right

i am not sure if the sentence is connected with commas and fanboys correctly. for example: In the book "Smoking", author John(2007) a famous writer and scientist, and author kim(2007) a statistician ...
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Restrictive or nonrestrictive “who” in this sentence?

Should there be a comma before "who" in the second sentence? I feel that "Mary, my strong, best friend" might be the subject and the who clause is nonrestrictive here as additional information. Am I ...