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Should I use a comma before a reduced and defining relative clause in this sentence?

A simple linear relationship between force and displacement known as Hooke's Law was discovered in the 1600s. I wrote this sentence and intended to use a reduced and defining relative clause, "...
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When there are other words between a verb and its object

I'd like to learn if we need to put commas when there are another words between a verb and its object. I wrote the sentence below, They again proved their administration authority by the method to ...
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No comma in appositive

Context: "He didn't say a word about the accident in front of us(,) kids." I think the comma here may slightly change the meaning if used/not used. However, is the variant with no comma okay ...
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restrictive sentence elements versus writing style

I went to see Woody Allen's latest movie, ''Midnight in Paris,'' with my oldest friend, Jessie. You need a comma after ''movie'' because this and only this is Mr. Allen's newest movie in theaters, and ...
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Could you please tell me the reason of the comma just before “along with” here? [closed]

Could you please explain the reason of the comma just before "along with"? I think that "along with..." modifies the main verb "are" here and the sentence means: ...
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The man near the door who is pretending to be cool who has a red hat is a friend of Jane

My original sentence is The man near the door who is pretending to be cool who has a red hat is a friend of Jane. In this sentence, I intended to use "defining relative clause" with "...
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Why does “a comma” exist between “to+infinitive clause” and “a relative clause” in this sentence?

In the link https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript, it is written We hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their ...
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I'm talking about the truths for every human, hidden by some countries and that

I'm curious about the grammatical accuracy of the sentence below I'm talking about the truths for every human, hidden intentionally by some countries, about our future, and that we have to learn as ...
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Comma use in a relative clause

Context: "When we didn’t like what we earned(,) and we couldn’t find a better opportunity, we simply moved to another state." I'm not sure whether to add a comma here or not. Both clauses, &...
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To use or not to use commas in the sentence “The opportunity to be rich, that I always cared about, that generally comes to lucky people has never..”

I've already learned, in this beneficial forum, that commas are required to list more than two units with the same function. I would like to ask a question with regards to that. 1- The opportunity to ...
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Comma use in a complex sentence

Context: "Nadine has so much confidence in her gift that she says the award is hers(,) and she claims to own the title, even before the contest has started. Should there be a comma here? I am not ...
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Using commas between a verb and its object

When another words take place between a verb and its object, should I use commas? 1- Do you understand as a British person what I tried to say? OR 2 - Do you understand, as a British person, what I ...
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Comma between two clauses

Context: "Therefore, we should assume that if we are in trouble that overcomes us with despair(,) and if there is no way out we can see, there are people around us with a different perspective ...
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Comma use in split subject/predicate phrase

Should we use a comma in a sentence like "My failure to appreciate what it was, was the result of me being arrogant"? Or is it redundant here? I know that the comma splits the subject from ...
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Why is there a comma in “'I'd like to be as rich as Marco,' he thought”?

This is a sentence from a story I was reading: 'I'd like to be as rich as Marco,' he thought. Why is a comma used after the word 'Marco'? Can you please explain the grammar behind that?
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Where do I put commas in this sentence

I know my question is a little bit specific, but I would like the following sentence: The function is not reliable with low sample size, but in this case a good estimate can be found by simulations. ...
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I've never previously been to Scotland, and(,) if it does not bother you, I would like to get some details about it

Do I need a comma after 'and'? I've never previously been to Scotland, and(,) if it does not bother you, I would like to get some details about it.
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Is there anything wrong with the punctuation in the following sentence

Is there anything wrong with the punctuation in the following sentence: He used to walk along the alleys running in the shade of the old park's poplar trees. What I mean is whether there should be ...
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Can I use a comma instead of an em dash before the phrase “all without proper notice” at the end of a sentence?

Would the first sentence using a comma be acceptable? Can this sentence be broken into two sentences, as in 2., or would that leave a sentence fragment? Or is 3. proper in its use of the em dash? ...
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Is this a comparative correlative and does it need a comma?

It seems that most conventional examples of comparative correlative, e.g. The further you go, the harder it gets. can be transformed in the following way: It gets (the) harder[,] the further you go....
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I prefer individual lessons(,) where your teacher and you can be more concentrated/focused and work on specific topics

Which word fits this sentence better? I prefer individual lessons(,) where your teacher and you can be more concentrated/focused and work on specific topics. Cambridge Dictionary suggests that '...
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Should this sentence use a comma or an em dash or something else?

How would one punctuate the below? The blue roan is a symbol of thunder, the potent power of thunder. The blue roan is a symbol of thunder — the potent power of thunder. I know there may be ...
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Do I need a comma with this appositive about Prince Phillip?

Do I need a comma before the word "dies" in the following sentence?: Prince Philip, husband of the Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II, dies at the age of 99, two months before his ...
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Is the comma (separating two independent clauses) necessary here?

Our head office is in London{,} and we have offices across England, Scotland & Wales. Is this comma necessary? I searched in google and saw many cases where they omit it in this particular place. ...
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How to scan THREE items connected by “and”s?

I found a sentence in the Reader's Choice (5th Edition, by Sandra Silberstein, Barbara K. Dobson and Mark A. Clarke) that has three items connected by "and"s in it: These efforts can assure ...
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Why is there a comma before the participial constructions?

I read the following sentence in a book: In war, leaving a single enemy alive to tell the story allows fear to spread. Why is there a comma after in war? As I understand it, there is a participial ...
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If there are two dependent clauses after a subordinating conjunction, is it correct to use a comma before “and”?

If there are two dependent clauses after a subordinating conjunction, is it correct to use a comma before "and" as in this sentence: "It can be determined by X + Y where X is defined ...
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Is it incorrect to use a comma before a verb acting on a list?

Which sentence is more correct? Sam, Jack, and Ella, were confused. or Sam, Jack, and Ella were confused. I've seen both used in professional writing, but the latter form seems to be used more ...
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Can “comma” be used instead of “and ”?

Object A is located parallel to object B and is located between object C and object D. I am trying to simplify the above sentence I created. I would like to know which of the following is better: ...
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Should there be a comma before 'just'? “If you love yourself just ignore them” [duplicate]

Is there a comma before 'just' in the sentence below? If you love yourself just ignore them because no matter how hard you try they won't understand.
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Do I need a comma before “to begin with”

Example sentence: I was never denying that, to begin with. My Grammarly corrected that to add the comma, but it looks really weird... Is that actually correct?
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Why have commas been used there in these sentences? Which rule of commas does it refer?

His ambition, twinned with desperation, resonates with any teenager who wants to journey off to college or move states away for work{,} in a bid to escape youthful boundaries. Poverty made Gatsby ...
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restrictive appositive/ specific contexts

The photograph of her bathing in the stream references the mythological goddess Diana. When deciding restrictive/non restrictive appositive use, do we restrict Diana based on the general yet accurate ...
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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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Where do I place commas in a compound-complex sentence?

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 again. I gave up with a huff and went ...
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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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