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using a comma after a compound phrase

a. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka making me feel very uncomfortable. b. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka, ...
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Comma location in: “But he has,” wailed the servant, “to be the culprit!”?

The context There is a servant who is accusing another man to be a culprit of some petty crime. I am not sure whether the comma should be there or not.(Please see the alternatives below.) First form:...
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The use of commas for essential information

Daniel the golfer visited this place yesterday. Daniel, the golfer, visited this place yesterday. If two Daniels, one of whom is a swimmer and the other is a golfer, visited the place yesterday, ...
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Grammarticallity of “being” in this sentence

I saw the sentence in Wikipedia: His son is a member of parliament from abc constituency being a national party candidate. It looks like a participial please but a comma is supposed before the ...
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Is there a comma between nice and long (e.g., a nice long vacation)?

consider this: I want to take a nice long bath. I have read the rules about adjectives (we put commas between coordinate adjectives) but one thing that confuses me is I'm not sure if the word "nice" ...
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Does the construction “not only … but also” require a comma?

Example sentence: She had not only lost her job(,) but was also about to fail university. A quick search on Google Books told me that most people put a comma in this type of construction. The ...
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Is there a difference in meaning and use because of a comma?

Let's compare four examples 1. His sister Amy (comma dropped) vs 2. His sister, Amy (comma added) 1.I respected and admired his sister Amy. 2.I respected and admired his sister, Amy. I think ...
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Is there something wrong with the conjunction “but” in the second sentence of this example?

Example: Thanks for contacting our support. I'll be happy to help you with your question. Currently, our product does not support comment or review feature. That is why you're only seeing the ...
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Does the Oxford comma also apply to three or more clauses?

The way I understand it, you use the oxford comma when separating 3+ "items" in a list. Items, I assumes, are nouns. For instance, I bought a bat, a mat and a hat. Usually there would be a comma ...
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Placement of the “comma” in this context

In the commentary section of a book titled MACBETH I found a sentence: Macbeth fights, Siward killing him. Shouldn't the comma be placed after Siward? My experience tells me that it is a misprint ...
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Any differences in meaning or in use due to commas?

The country Korea is well known for Kpop. The country, Korea, is well known for Kpop. My friend Daniel used to make fun of me. My friend, Daniel, used to make fun of me. I wonder which ones are ...
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Comma or colon?

Hello how can I determine if something is a paranthetical phrase? For example: That was a new consideration: whole-body ectothermy in a variety of bees. Is this correct? Or would a comma work ...
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Can bracketing commas contain incomplete sentences when introduced by although, though, even though, because, etc.?

According to this university site (section dedicated to bracketing commas): There are a number of common words which typically introduce weak interruptions containing complete sentences. Among ...
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What type of comma is this (comma before “but”)?

According to this university's website, there are four types of commas: listing, joining, gapping, and bracketing comma. In the section dedicated to bracketing commas, there's this bit: The ...
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comma before “that is” and how to convey definition vs. additional information

We are looking for an electric car, that is, a car that runs on electricity. We are looking for an electric car that is red. How do I distinguish between these two examples?
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“Great Leader, X” or “Great Leader X”

I want to know if that comma is necessary in this case, it kinda gives me a feeling that it should be used but I'm not really sure. They went directly to the Great Leader, X They went directly to the ...
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Is the comma in this context grammatical

Russian military officers hacked Democratic servers to steal thousands of emails in 2016, the intelligence community and the special counsel found. Is the comma above grammatical? I think it isn't ...
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On separating two prepositional phrases with a comma followed by and

Is it grammatical to separate the two prepositional phrases (P.P) by a comma in The truth is that after hospitals are hit, and in areas like this where there is just one hospital, our houses have ...
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How to use comma noun and doing in sequence?

I'm reading a book named "Programming Rust". I couldn't get the meaning of the following sentence in the last chapter. Note that unsafe code must not depend on ordinary, safe traits being ...
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Can sentences be grammatical if commas are added?

"He with the hat knows her with the scarf" "He, with the hat, knows her, with the scarf" I pity them who lost their money on gambling. I pity them, who lost their money on gambling. I know 1,...
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Why does “or at least” is usually preceded by a comma?

This is from independent.co.uk (it showed up as a result on a website): You have probably read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or at least heard of it. Or is a coordinating conjunction, so ...
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independent clause or non-essential element, semi-colon or comma?

The sentence I'm struggling with is: The first version was coded from scratch in HTML and CSS, it looked like a 90's webpage. Is the comma correct? Or should it be a semi-colon? I thought it was ...
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Grammar Check: Should I use a semicolon?

Should I use a semi-colon in this sentence: This function returns true if Special Case, false otherwise. It feels like any combination of punctuation in this sentence is wrong. I just want to add ...
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Commas with titles/occupations

Mayor Steven Smith attended a charity event. Wildlife Liaison Officer, Lorraine Nelson, attended the scene of the incident. These examples were taken from a newspaper. How does the ...
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What classic author teaches us about using a comma?

From "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This sentence there is not a comma behind 'and': Handsome to look at and a perfect gentleman. This sentence there is a comma behind 'and': Miss ...
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Is the second clause defining or non-defining clause?

When I plug the equipment into an electrical source, its green light turns on, but when I push the start button, the microwave does not work. I think there is an electrical problem , which ...
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What part of speech is “based on”

Google Flights explains its reasoning for 'best' flights with the following: We chose options that give you the best trade-off between price and convenience, based on factors such as duration, ...
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Is an “are” omitted in this sentence

I just read a sentence: Three things in life that, once lost, hard to build up. Can I rewrite it as: Three things in life that are once lost hard to build up. Is my sentence correct? What are ...
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“In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco.” vs

In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco." or In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college, at Microsoft, in San Francisco." In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of ...
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Is a comma required after the word “is” in this sentence

Do I need comma after "is" in this sentence. "I have learned that the secret is logical and clearly explained thinking" The meaning I need to convey is that "logical and clearly explained thinking" ...
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Where does the comma go?

This is my sentence. Religions assert things as fact. Now I want to modify the object "things" with this phrase "that are not evidently true". I know I could write it like this: Religions ...
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Does inversion occur after comma?

Which of the following is correct? Only after he came home did I go to bed. Only after he came home, I went to bed. Is the second clause correct? Or is inversion compulsory in that case ...
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In this sentence, is the comma after “president” necessary?

This is the plan of the United States' new president, Donald Trump. I have seen sentences like the above both with and without that comma after "president". Which is the right way to write it?
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Using comma instead of and

"Okay, I am gonna look around, take a few statements." Hi, I saw this line in a tv-series. Is it correct as is? I think using comma here is wrong? There was a one-and-a-half second pause between "...
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Omitting “and” and using participle instead

I was working a drug case, tracking this drug dealer for months. Then suddenly he disappeared. (From a tv-series) This sentence kind of confused me. In this sentence, what does participle imply? (...
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correct comma usage with lists

All content is copyright to the their respective owners, the webmasters claim no ownership and receive no financial gain for this site This police officer is truly deserving of this award, he had ...
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Should there be a comma in this context?

Louis XIV, the Sun King Thor, the God of Thunder In this kind of structure, should there be a comma before its nickname?
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Using comma with “nevertheless”

I just finished reading that thread. I have some questions in my mind now. 1- As far as I understand by looking these examples, we don't really have to use comma or semicolon to connect two sentences ...
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Do you use a comma after perhaps to begin a sentence?

Perhaps is not an interjection, but can it be considered an introductory element at the beginning of a sentence? A: Perhaps, they thought it wasn't going to rain. B: Perhaps they thought it ...
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A function of comma

The district he named is in the extreme east of the country, just on the borders of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia, and Bukovina, in the midst of the Carpathian mountains. (Dracula, Bram ...
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Should I add a comma before “then” in the following examples (dependent/nonrestrictive clauses)?

A few examples: He gulped from his glass(,) then stroke and twisted it. He blinked at her for a few second(,) then smiled. She stared at his chest for a moment(,) then agreed with a nod. ...
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“The problem is no one knows the truth.” vs “The problem is, no one knows the truth”

Which of the following is ungrammatical: The problem is no one knows the truth. Or: The problem is , no one knows the truth. ? And if both are grammatical, which one would be more formal?
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Commas around introductory phrase which is part of subordinate clause

Example sentence: The army was barely ready when, in February 1794, the war broke out. Are the commas around "in February 1794" correct? Could I leave them out? Or should I rather move "in ...
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Is this considered comma splice?

Mechanical power can be transmitted for hundreds of miles, men can communicate almost instantaneously by telephone, the chiefs of great organizations can be transported by airplanes, the cinemas ...
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Why are there commas before “or even” in the following examples (even though they don't introduce independent clauses)?

I searched for "or even like taking a" on Google, and I got results like these: Sometimes that work looks a lot like staring blankly at the page, or even like taking a long walk with the dog. ...
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Should we use comma when using “after” as preposition at the begining of sentence?

Is comma to be used after flood in this example ? "After the flood the area was hit by an epidemic in spite of the measures urgently takan."
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Job-Search Post: Commas, Hyphens

My friend has a translation business. He inquired if I could assist him for this: He posted on a job-search site to look for employees: “We look for some more people**,** to take on-board…” Does ...
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Using comma before participles

As far as I know, when two action happen at the same time, I can combine these two sentence into one sentence by using participle form for the one of the actions. The thing what I am trying to ask ...
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a question about grammar (comma before and)

The organization shall ensure that the results of the audits are reported to relevant managers; ensure that relevant audit results are reported to workers, and, where they exist, workers' ...
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The sentences after comma, how to use it for describing anything?

I read novels and found a sentence or a phase after the sentence with a comma. I would like to know how it works. The blade left a trail of golden light as it slashed down, ripping apart the enormous ...