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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.”?

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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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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Is this dual use comma correct?

Here is my sentence: It is really a very simple change, minutes, and I want to pull it in soon, since it is an annoyance. The second comma seems strange it me. Its ending the explanation of "...
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Is the punctuation correct in this sentence?

Did I put the commas at the right place? Should I put a comma behind “given” or “hence”? Sentence: Recently , I haven’t been anywhere in particular given the current circumstances , but if I were to ...
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Comma inside a long sentence

The issue is that we don't know how many people have been registered to the site, and how many people are actually real people. which is the same as The issue is that we don't know how many people ...
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Should the comma be inside or outside of the quotation marks?

Say I have a sentence like The discovery of the "exoplanet", a type of planet that resides outside of our solar system, shocked the researchers. Should the comma be outside of the ...
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Are the second commas in the two given sentences necessary?

Well, now that I'm here (,) that's hardly going to be a problem. Actually, come to think of it now (,) you could've done that. Here, are the commas in brackets necessary? Are both the sentences ...
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Comma with OR in a verb list containing in an introductory phrase

Here is a sentence from the New York Times. Every time a person runs a Google search, watches a YouTube video or sends a message through Gmail, the company’s data centers full of computers use ...
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Do we use a comma or not when using several adjectives?

He is a deranged fanatical and stupid person. He is a deranged, fanatical and stupid person. I am not sure if you have to use a comma or not when we have only 2 adjectives we don't use any comma, but ...
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Commas and participle phrases

I have got some issues with comma usage. There are plenty of punctuation rules when it comes to participles. For exmaple: I need to use commas: Hoping for a treat, the dog fetched the ball; The dog, ...
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correct usage referencing names

a) Regeneration charity, The Auckland Project, in Bishop Auckland, said it is planning a significant restructure following the events. Is regeneration charity considered a precise identifier here or ...
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Is there a comma before “to learn”? “One day, though, she took a Goodwriter writing course, to learn how to be an effective writer”

One day, though, she took a Goodwriter writing course, to learn how to be an effective writer. Is there a comma before "to learn"? I've found the mistake from the exam test, which was taken ...
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Is the comma here necessary, obligatory, or should it not be included? [duplicate]

Jack smiles, takes out his phone, and hands it to her. In this particular sentence, is the second comma necessary, obligatory, or should it not be included?
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comma question when a part leaded by the preposition “as” is set off by commas

A high demand for AI technology as a means of solving complex problems is expected. A high demand for AI technology, as a means of solving complex problems, is expected. I have four questions on ...
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If “I wonder” is separated by a comma, should the sentence end in a question mark instead of a full stop?

Is this sentence correct? I wonder, is it time for breakfast? "I wonder" sentences end with full stop, but what if it is separated by comma as in above sentence? Would it still be wrong to put ...
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commas with introductions

Reports in the media that Norfolk constituency MP, Dehenna Davison has joined calls for Boris Johnson’s top aide, Dominic Cummings to quit have been branded “misleading” by her office. What is the ...
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his brother Pete

a. She came here with her mother**,** Jane McIntosh. b. She came here with her mother Jane McIntosh. Which of the above is correctly punctuated? I think, as she has only one mother, (a) is correct, ...
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When do I use a comma before a pronoun?

I'm writing a report about a book. One of the sentences reads "The Outsiders is a book written by Susan Eloise Hinton, who is more commonly known by her pen name of S. E. Hinton." At the word "who", ...
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Do we need to put comma in between the position / occupation and name or not?

School of foundation studies dean, Dr.Wise said..... School of foundation studies dean Dr.Wise said..... Which sentence with comma is correct and why?
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Placement of commas in certain phrasal enumerations

I am gonna burn your house, and then smash your car and maybe steal your dog. I am gonna burn your house, and then smash your car, and maybe steal your dog. Which one is correct? Do we place ...
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Why does it put “or” instead of “,” in this example? Difference in meaning?

Why does it put "or" instead of "," in the following example? https://7esl.com/verbs/ 1)"or" sentence: Noun refers to the words or pharses that represent a person, a place, a thing or activity, or a ...

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