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Order of adjectives plus commas

What is the proper order and use of commas in this sentence and how strict is it? I feel this is correct, but want to hear from other native speakers since English is complicated and sometimes ...
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"This one is a question, too" vs "This one is a question. Too"

Is "This one is a question, too" the same as "This one is a question. Too"? Is the "Too" understood in the second case? Are the two spoken differently?
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Can a comma be used to separate two sentences?

The decision-makers at its helm belong to one political party. Besides,[comma] there is total lack of transparency about the use of the funds. I know that these two sentences can be separated using a ...
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Comma before "and also"

Times New Roman, Arial and Courier New are the most commonly used fonts on Windows, and also preinstalled on macOS. Is it correct to put a comma before "and also"? Note: I don't have an ...
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Is the comma in the following sentence before "which" a must? Why?

The short PARs of platypus chromosomes X2–X5 have a significantly higher GC content (one-sided Wilcoxon rank-sum test, P < 0.01) than the SDRs or the longer PARs (Extended Data Fig. 4c) (,) which ...
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Comma instead of an and?

The following passage is from a BBC news article. Prescription pill abuse is taking off in Sudan's conservative society, partly because it lacks the social stigma and pungent, giveaway odour of ...
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Where to put comma or how to rephrase? I need a plum, and an apple or a pear [closed]

How to write the sentence, where to put a comma or how to rephrase: "I need a plum, and an apple or a pear". Meaning: I will be satisfied if I have a plum and an apple OR a plum and a pear.
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Should we use comma before "when" or not? Is it a restrictive or non-restrictive clause?

Should we use a comma before "when" or not? I mean is it a restrictive or non-restrictive clause? They generally take a short vacation in January, when there is very little business in ...
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Why is a comma necessary after "holding" in "based on, or holding, the belief"?

This is from the Oxford Learner's Dictionary. egalitarian adjective ​based on, or holding, the belief that everyone is equal and should have the same rights and opportunities I wonder why it is ...
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Comma before but in compound predicate

Should I use a comma before "but"? This is a compound predicate, but the two verbs are in contrast with each other. She smiles but still hesitates... She smiles, but still hesitates...
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Do we use a comma before "as"?

Can we use a comma before "as", if it comes in a second clause? Cpec will stabilize the economic sector of Pakistan, as it is a flagship project of BRI. Or Cpec will stabilize the ...
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Adjective Order and Commas? Do we need commas in these situations?

I'm a Canadian English speaker trying to review my grammar on coordinate and cumulative adjectives. I know the conversational or natural rules by heart, but I need to teach the rules for writing to my ...
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Should you use appositive in this sentence?

Which one of these sentences is correct? It took him a bit of time to reach the scene, and along the way, he wondered why the ranger, Erick, took so long to kill one rabbit. Or It took him a bit of ...
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linking verbal clauses with conjunctions

Why is the case that the below sentence has three verbs that weren't linked with any conjunction? Also, why use the comma prior to the last clause. I don't know exactly why this sentence is structured ...
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Right position of "including" in academic writing

I saw this in the New York Times, I am curious to know if the position of "including" is right, especially for academic writing case? What is the rule of thumb for position of phrases such ...
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substituting "that is" with a comma

Her necklace is made of gems from the Collin island girt with minerals Is this sentence as such correct with respect to grammar and punctuation? Should there be a comma next to "island?" ...
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Comma use with adjectives

He was watching, wide-eyed, his house being demolished. Should there be commas around wide-eyed? There are some examples online but its like half-half. Some of them use it, some don't.
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parenthesis or commas for extra information in academic writing?

Which style is more preferable for providing extra information in academic writing? Parenthesis or comma? The two below examples are one sentence expressing the two styles. Also, is there a better way ...
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When is it correct to use a comma between two consecutive adjectives qualifying the same noun?

It is a subtle, complicated idea. We went to an expensive summer resort. Why is there a comma between the adjectives in the first sentence but not in the second one ?
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comma usage before 'so'

Workers should be included in the planning for new factories or the introduction of robots into existing plants , so they can participate in the process. I personally think that the comma before 'so' ...
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Is it required to put comma after "doing smth" at the beginning of sentence? [duplicate]

Is it required to put comma after "doing something" at the beginning of sentence? Examples: (1) Conducting presentations(,) he showed the ability to confidently speak in public. (2) Working ...
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"Tell me when, when you have a moment": Is the comma necessary, or is it a matter of "taste" and styling?

I wrote the following sentence: "Tell me when when you know." (Note the double "when".) The intended meaning was that of: "tell me when you want me to be there, when you know ...
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Puctuation - comma before a prepositional phrase

They are soldiers who come to the battlefield armed with their respective murderous weapons. In a document about "Prepositional phrases and commas" it is said that we are supposed to add a ...
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She's in the kitchen, cooking the dinner

She's in the kitchen, cooking the dinner. If I understand it, that sentence is: "..., she's cooking the dinner." Is it common to use such a shortened form of "she's cooking"?
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Is this sentence correct ? Are these 2 sentences bounded correctly?

'Mr. Smith invited Mr. Adachi for a business lunch, to introduce their new accountant to him and to discuss their future relationship.' For the sentence above, I want to ask: Are these two sentences ...
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because and comma in a relative clause

She's the only person who wasn't chosen because of her age. She's the only person who wasn't chosen, because of her age. I feel like we shouldn't put a comma, because it's wasn't chosen because of ...
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linking two sentences with a connoctor or integrating them into one sentence for calrity

In the below example, can anyone give suggestions on how to connect the two or integrate them into one sentence? I wrote my thesis on The Effectiveness of Health Education. I evaluated the evidence ...
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"They are more convenient and reliable." vs "They are more convenient, and reliable."

They are more convenient and reliable. They are more convenient, and reliable. <--- [I'm not sure that this sentence is natural.] Am I right that in the first sentence the adjective is "more ...
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What is the best way to clarify a sentence with multiple connectors like And in a horizontal list?

In the example below, the sentence appears confusing because of its length and the double use of the connector "and". The study of oral health examines the causes of oral diseases and the ...
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Purpose of comma in context

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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With and without a comma

I didn’t open the door when he was here. It can mean I opened the door the other time. I didn’t open the door, when he was here. Does it mean I didn’t open the door at all and I didn’t open the ...
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comma right after a comma or not?

Because of that, at this point, they should do it. I am thinking this is ok, but is this ok? Because of that, at this point they should do it. I see people do it often, but I think it's just a ...
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Connecting two sentences with only a comma - no connector [duplicate]

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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Connecting two sentences with comma and without a connector

In the below sentence, why there was comma without a connector or transition? What rule allows separation of two sentences with comma and without connector? Is this phrase (the fulfillment of ...
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Usage of comma in the sentence SWAT model, the best simulation daily runoff for watershed

I was reading a scientific article and in the "HIGHLIGHTS" section it says: HIGHLIGHTS Evaluation of climate change effects on surface runoff. SWAT model, the best simulation daily runoff ...
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Not sure if this sentence reads correctly

I'm not sure if this sentence reads correctly? All your equipment, plant and tool needs from one place delivered on time. Should there be a comma after place? Thanks in advance.
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Comma after "that if"

You need not fear that I will not take every care of myself, for I love you too much to do anything which would injure my health for I know that if I were to do so it would make you miserable. Is ...
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Comma between two independent clauses and adverbial phrase

I am constantly getting the suggestions to add a comma between two independent clauses, which are actually both related to the same adverbial phrase at the beginning. Is this correct? Thus, no ...
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Two parts in "as" clause

"This book has put on weight with the passing years, as new chapters have been added and existing chapters updated and expanded to stay abreast of changing developments in economies around the ...
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Comma after “viz.” in “viz.(,) that”?

Concerning the usage of “viz.” in American English, in ODO we find examples with and without the comma after “viz.” when a “that”-introduced clause follows: This leads many people towards the second, ...
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Imperative: how to distinguish independent clauses and a compound predicate?

Consider the following imperative-sentence structure Do 𝑋 and do 𝑌. (Source: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0067.html ) where I believe (but do not know this ...
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Tokyo Japan vs. Tokyo, Japan vs. Tokyo, Japan,

Could someone tell me which one of the following sentences is correct? I will travel to Tokyo Japan next month. or I will travel to Tokyo, Japan next month. or I will travel to Tokyo, Japan, next ...
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Comma in “i.e. that”

Consider the sentence: We claim that these sets are disjoint, i.e., 𝑋ᵢ ∩ 𝑋ⱼ = ∅ for different 𝑖,𝑗 ⩾ 0. A proofreader (from whom I can no longer get an answer) changed it: We claim that these ...
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“Let for each 𝑗” vs. “For each 𝑗 let”

I wrote Let for each 𝑗 < 𝑛 a permutation ℎ𝑗 : 𝐿 ↪ 𝐿 be given. A proofreader (whom I can no longer ask) changed it to For each 𝑗 < 𝑛, let a permutation ℎ𝑗 : 𝐿 ↪ 𝐿 be given. This ...
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Comma before “and” separating two nontrivial items?

Consider the sentence The net simulates programs with at least 𝑓(𝑥) copies of each 𝑥 ⊆ 𝑆 with 𝜑(𝑥) (,) and exactly 𝑓(𝑥) copies of each 𝑥 ⊆ 𝑆 with 𝜓(𝑥). The parens around the comma mean ...
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Comma after a conditional clause in the middle of a sentence

The description of some algorithm (searching in a program-transition graph for a program state with certain properties) finishes with We return “true” if we find such a state(,) and “false” otherwise....
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Comma before “and” separating two short independent math statements?

Consider a typical mathematical sentence defining two tuples: (s_i)_{i=1}^n and (t_i)_{i=1}^n: Let (s_i)_{i=1}^n = X (,) and (t_i)_{i=1}^n = Y. The parens around the comma mean that it's unclear ...
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among other impacts to human, animal and plant life

In the following sentence, should there be a comma following "impacts"? If not, should the "to" after "impacts" be changed to "on"? They added it was more ...
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Comma after "that" and before the main verb

Can I add a comma after "that" and before the main verb. in this example, is the comma before the main verb grammatically correct? a paper that provides an understanding of the impact of the ...
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Can I use exact (clock) time as an introductory phrase after "At"?

As in: "At 2:15 AM, she entered the victim's bedroom carrying a knife." Can that exact time be considered a part of an introductory phrase and split the sentence with a comma? Also, if that ...
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