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Is comma obligatory after a prepositional phrase starting with “Under”: “Under our beef brand, we produce marbled beef”

Under our Sverdlovsk Beef brand, we produce marbled beef from Aberdeen bulls brought to Russia from Scotland. Is comma obligatory after "brand", or could this prepositional phrase be left ...
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Utility of commas in given sentence

Most of my friends who work in content writing, as a part-time job, earn a lot. Most of my friends who work in content writing as a part-time job earn a lot. Are the commas in the given sentence ...
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Where do I place commas in a compound-complex sentence?

I was told to post this question here: I don't know if I should use a comma before "and" in this sentence. I grunted from the weight of the dresser and after a pause, the doorbell rang ...
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Purpose of Comma in this sentence

The only area where progress is lagging is the provision of high-efficiency irrigation systems to growers, mostly owing to technical factors such as the unavailability of clean water to prevent ...
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Should a comma be placed before or after the conjunction 'and'?

Originating from a comment on one of the SE sites. Which one is correctly punctuated? "Nothing personal and, welcome to *.SE" "Nothing personal, and welcome to *.SE" My ...
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Comma between a which clause and an “and”

We have parsley, which is needed for flavour, and beer, which we can use for the marinade. Should there be a comma before the "and"? I think there should be to make the sentence structure ...
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Is this sentence correct with commas, or do I need to put more somewhere?

Okay, profit shifting to tax havens is a significant thing, although it's not a higher percent because if the ability to globalize where profits are reported was unlimited, then we wouldn't have seen ...
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Should “that basically” be between commas, or just “basically”?

I would say that, basically, anything that can be reasonably considered to be an investment in the future.
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Oxford comma when two last items in a list are “merged” into a single one by omitting the repeated word

Colons, dashes, question marks, and exclamation marks are ... Colons, dashes, question marks and exclamation marks are ... Colons, dashes, question and exclamation marks are ... Colons, dashes, ...
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Using comma(,) when listing several objects [duplicate]

Which is correct expression using comma or not in front of last object when listing several objects? ... A, B, C and D. ... A, B, C, and D.
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Is it mandatory to put a comma before “with” in this situation?

He ran out of his house(,) with his wife following behind. Countries all over the world competed this year(,) with Brazil in second place. Is there are comma needed here (grammatically)? If so, how ...
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Use of comma in a sentence where there are mutiple nouns and verbs

I find it interesting to add comma into this sentence, but I do not know how to make it right. The first one: Shely likes to eat cakes, apples, and wear red skirts, green hats, and white jeans. The ...
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Punctuations while using “since he has been here”

Which of these sentences are correctly punctuated? a. Since he has been here he has been behaving strangely. b. Since he has been here , he has been behaving strangely. c. Since she is a doctor he ...
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Capitalize the first letter in the quotation in the middle of the sentence

Do I need to capitalize the first letter in the quotation in these two examples? If so, will I need to put a comma before the quotation mark? The button produces a voice message “T/the signal is on” ...
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Does this sentence need an additional comma?

Consider this sentence I found in a chess textbook: This book starts with prophylaxis because I'm convinced that in order to master positional thinking, one needs first to master prophylactic ...
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Comma before “…and you will…”

Please help me understand whether I need to use a comma here or not: Please be patient(,) and you will get everything you want. I know the general rules. I see it like this: 2 independent clauses. ...
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When should we use comma instead of “and” between two names

Both of these examples are real news titles: DoorDash, C3.ai skyrocket in public market debuts Pfizer and BioNTech to submit request for emergency use approval of their COVID-19 vaccine today What I ...
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comma for tomorrow in the middle of sentence

I am having a problem with punctuation before and after the word 'tomorrow' when it is used in the middle of a sentence. In the example below, can I use ',' both before and after tomorrow? I can ...
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discontinue comma character in english language

comma character is represented by , can we create a new character in english language as discontinue which is trailing of comma character? The use of discontinue character in the below sentence. ...
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have fun(,) knowing

"There was no way I could have fun knowing my phone was stolen" (The source: https://youtu.be/zRwk-yxoldc?t=82) Is it better to put a comma after fun? Or is have fun knowing something a set ...
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Do I need a comma in “He bought a pen and an eraser(,) and went home.”?

He bought a pen and an eraser(,) and went home. Based on the rules I'm aware of, I don't need the comma. However, when perceiving the sentence as a reader, I'd fall into something like action, ...
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Do I need a comma here?

I want to say something like: He wants to play basketball, play volleyball, or go for a walk. The meaning I'm trying to convey is: he wants to do 1 of 3 things - play basketball, play volleyball, go ...
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Do i need a comma or a semicolon in, “…, such as inaudible tags for indiscernible dialogue.”? [closed]

Otherwise, use appropriate notation tags, such as inaudible tags for indiscernible dialogue.
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A comma separating independent clauses

I want to reduce the length of this sentence by adding a comma. However, Grammarly is indicating me that I should avoid it. It is not clear to me since the comma is connecting two independent but ...
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Is a comma necessary in this context?

Grammarly is indicating I need to add a comma before often. However, I think it is not necessary since the phrase "often the data required is not available" is creating a subordinate clause ...
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“a much older dating method: dendrochronology” or“ a much older dating method, dendrochronology”?

They turned to a much older dating method: dendrochronology, the use of tree rings for mapping intervals of time. (From ACT English) Why in this case has it to be a colon, but not a comma? I think ...
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Quotation marks are necessary in this context?

Moreover, they are causing the disappearing of several Punos, which are endemic wetlands of my region vital to the wildlife. Karachi is where my family and I plan to keep living , but due to the ...
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When fixing a comma splice with a semicolon, is it sometimes necessary to alter the second clause?

For example: a. I want to eat chocolate, I’m allergic. Most people would fix this by adding a conjunctive adverb: a. "I want to eat chocolate; however, I’m allergic." Would it be incorrect ...
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These commas are necessary?

I am wondering whether the comma after from the students is really necessary? And if a comma is required before as I can ? For instance, in the subject Geography, I required from the students, a ...
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A comma before “you” to emphasize a noun?

I know you, trainers, have been itching to collect rare pokemons in the wild world. Is the comma usage acceptable based from the sentence? Or should I just omit both the noun and commas?
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Is this a case of a parenthetical remark?

"He finished it before his 20th birthday." Should I apply the rule about parenthetical remark here and put 20th between two commas or it's not thecase here?
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The use of a comma before “rather than”

Could you tell me if I need to use a comma before rather than in the following sentences? This tablet comes in grey(,) rather than in gold. I prefer to take the bus to work(,) rather than going by ...
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Is a comma needed before *since*?

Without specifying the way they should develop this task, I was pleasantly surprised to receive from Nathaniel a model with notoriously outstanding quality since he decided not only to represent the ...
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Should there be a comma after “3 days”?

He played 1 home game every 3 days with an average attendance of 5,000. I think I should put a comma after "3 days", but I'm not sure.
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Comma after a sentence starting with “Given […]”

If I have a sentence starting with "Given [..]" does it make sense to put a comma? I have two sentences as below. I think the commas here make sense to put commas here. Given an integer n, ...
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Comma usage with Provided or Provided that

So I was checking the general usage of commas with conjunctions, and saw the inconsistent case of "provided" or "provided that". Example: You can drive a car provided that you ...
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Should I put a comma after a phrase “given …”?

I have the following sentence: The result can be phrased as the statement that given an integer n the equation x^n = y has a solution. I was wondering is it better to put a comma like "given an ...
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Do we need comma after “At the age of…” when it comes at the beginning of a sentence?

"At the age of 10 I started swimming" or "At the age of 10, I started swimming" Which one is correct?
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Proper usage of commas and 'and'

I would like to link [Figures 1,2 Tables 1,2] with commas. Which one should I use? (In American English) A) Figures 1, 2, and Tables 1, 2 B) Figures 1, 2, Tables 1, and 2 C) Figures 1, 2, Table 1, and ...
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Technically, is a comma between an attributive adjective and a noun acceptable?

There's a, handsome, boy. Yellow, butterflies fly away.
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If you miss that train then you'll have to get a taxi

Some dictionary said, 'If you miss that train then you'll have to get a taxi.' Is it wrong not to use a comma between an if-clause and a main clause? I'm confused because this is from an Oxford ...
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Which one of them is correct?

Dirty, but drinkable water can be used. Dirty, but drinkable, water can be used. I think 2 is correct because even if 'but drinkable' is omitted, a sentence makes sense. I want to know you guys' ...
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Why is it not good/common practice to place a comma before 'for'?

I've written a book which has the following line: It is this curse which has brought many sleepless nights upon me, for one’s egotistical ambition to be certain of one’s knowledge is the precursor ...
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This phrase needs a comma or a colon?

Phrase: The goal of this project is to translate to English and make more accessible the resources: resource1 and resource2, which are descriptions ... The punctuation on this phrase is correct? Do ...
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Proper usage of punctuation in sentences starting with a that clause (That, …, …)

That Mycroft is planning to send Enola off to a grim finishing school for young ladies offers an added incentive to get away. Shouldn't there be a comma after the word "That" and probably ...
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Correct place for a comma in the question: 'How can you determine where the first one is and where the second is?'

A student asked me if it is correct to put a comma here in this question: How can you determine, where the first one is and where the second is? My instinct is that this is grammatically incorrect, ...
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Is Comma Necessary Here?

I frequently use the expression the correlation between A and B. And I wonder whether commas are necessary in the following sentences. The correlation between A and B, and that between C and D are ...
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Usage with appositives and titles

Hermione Granger, a witch at Hogwarts School, is accomplished at spells. The core of this sentence is Hermione Granger is accomplished at spells. (A witch at Hogwarts School is an appositive noun ...
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Who is “quiet” when there is no comma?

A stanza from Leslie Norris' poem The Tiger: He stalks in his vivid stripes The few steps of his cage, On pads of velvet quiet, In his quiet rage. Who does the quiet belong to-- the velvet or the ...
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Usage of reason being

Most of the times, I have seen that 'reason being' is used in the middle of a sentence with a fixed expression 'the reason being is that'. As reason being is similar to 'because', can we use it in the ...

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