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Questions tagged [commas]

For questions about the proper use and placement of commas

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Don't we need a conjunction between two clauses?

Isn't a conjunction such as as needed bewteen the two bolded clauses? Or, if it is just okay, I want to know why. The desire for fame has its roots in the experience of neglect, in injury. No one ...
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How do I write people doing something at the same time?

While Lorrainne got in the driver's seat mom got into the passenger seat.(they are switching places)
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Is the second comma ungrammatical?

Usually, we see the following sentence: Hello Eric, could you please tell me why you are here? But I am wondering if this one is ok too: Hello, Eric, could you please tell me why you are here? ...
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Comma before “that” if a sentence begins with an emphatic construction

A coursebook gives a reference to “inversion after ‘neither / nor’, ‘so’ & ‘such’”, and there is this example: Such was the weather, that even the most daring windsurfers stayed at home. The ...
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Do we put a comma before that when it refers to something that doesn't immediately precede it?

It's a device you put in your car, that allows you to find your destination. It's a device you put in your car that allows you to find your destination. I think both are ok, but I am not ...
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Do you place a comma before “365 days per year” if it doesn't follow “7 days per week?”

In other words, which of these sentences would be correct: We hold sleeping to the highest value 365 days per year. OR We hold sleeping to the highest value, 365 days per year.
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Is there a comma before “and soon” at the end of a sentence?

I'm proofreading for an author and his sentence is, in essence, written like this: Bob will be exposed for his bad deeds and soon. I think you need a comma before "and soon," but I can't find a ...
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Which sentence is correct? Use of commas and 'and' [closed]

It offers an opportunity to get information, to learn the activities, and to look for a job. It offers an opportunity to get information, learn the activities, and look for a job. It offers an ...
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When to use comma with then

I learned English long time ago. The native speaker teacher told me that we always use comma after the word then. However, one proofreader told me that I must not write a comma after then. I am really ...
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Usage of commas

The concept of using commas to link dependant and independant clauses has always confused me. - Can you please explain this concept? Here's an example that might help if you're trying to answer my ...
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Is it a grammatically correct sentence?

"I hadn't any idea about the vast application of programming language until I knew about it, joining online programming courses." -- is it a correct sentence? I am especially worried whether I should ...
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Is the extra comma grammatical?

This comes from The Life of John Wesley, Volume 2 by Robert Southey With all this, the zeal of this extraordinary man was such, that, as he truly said of himself, the sword was too sharp for the ...
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Why did we use a semi-colon instead of a comma?

This comes from The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald: All I know is that I stood spellbound in his high-ceilinged studio room, with its north-facing windows in front of the heavy mahogany bureau ...
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Is it mandatory to use a comma to separate independent clauses?

He walked down the street, and then he turned the corner. I sometimes don't use a comma before "and" like this: He walked down the street and then he turned the corner. Is the comma mandatory ...
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Is comma before “and” mandatory or not?

I only put a comma, sometimes, not always, when I feel like the successive clause could stand in its own sentence. I only like to talk about the weather, and to go onto a monologue about the great ...
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Is there a rule that says we can add a comma to identify which noun a relative pronoun refers to?

I remember there was a rule I read on a Wikipedia article that says we can add a comma to mark which noun our relative pronoun refers to. The desktop computer of the Darwin family, which is rich. ...
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Can I remove the comma?

There was the Hero of the North, whose partner was Michael. I am wondering if this sentence can be turned into: There was the Hero of the North whose partner was Michael. I am wondering if the ...
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What are all these commas used for?

And now that they are delivered from the unprofitable and burdensome babbling of the Seven Canonical Hours, oh, that, instead thereof, they would only, morning, noon, and evening, read a page or ...
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Comma before “that's great”

Could you, please, help me out with this sentence Your dad's bought a car, that's great Is it correct to use comma before "that"? Would it be better if I separate those 2 halves with a full stop? ...
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Comma after coordinating conjunction and before fronted adverbial

I'm not sure what to do with one of these commas. Which of these sentences is correct? 1) I'm sorry for even asking this, but, unfortunately, it's something that has to be considered. 2) I'm sorry ...
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Why sometimes it is correct not to put a comma after an if-clause?

There is a recommendation to put a comma after an if-clause which is placed at the beginning of a sentence. For example: If there was the time when songs like this were not needed, I would not live ...
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Difference between ', or' and 'or' ('or with a comma' versus 'or without a comma')

Could anyone help me to clarify the difference between ', or' and 'or'? Sometimes I see articles are intentionally written this way rather than just reflex. I've made examples below, and explained by ...
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Best X and Y vs. Best X and Best Y

Came across a place with the name Best Bagel and Coffee. This naturally brought up a debate on the following, does "Best X and Y" mean: We have the best X AND best Y We have the best X, and also we ...
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I’ve ever seen in the middle of the sentence [closed]

There is the sentence: One of the most impressive films I’ve ever seen is 12 Angry Men. But the grammar checker says it doesn’t right, and I should put commas before and after “I’ve ever seen”. ...
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“ In your letter(,) you've asked me about my relationship with music.” — do I need a comma?

Do I need a comma in the phrase "In your letter you've asked me about my relationship with music."? Grammarly (a Chrome add-on that checks spelling and punctuation) corrects it, inserting a comma ...
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Putting a comma after 'taking everything into account'

Is a comma after 'Taking everything into account' required when introducing the conclusion of an essay? For instance: Taking everything into account(,) one should choose one's job paying ...
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Should the comma in a compound predicate be omitted if the sentence starts with a quotation?

In the following sentence, should the comma be omitted? "Come in!" she said, and opened the door. My spell checker insists that this is "an unnecessary comma in a compound predicate", but removing ...
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Comma before which? [closed]

TIL: You need a comma before which and another one at the end of the nonrestrictive phrase; for example: Jeff’s new car, which is less than a month old, already started leaking oil. And I learned ...
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Sentence comma check

I would like to check the use of a comma in a report I am checking. Should the sentence (simplified) be: In the tower, there is something of interest. In the tower there is something of interest. In ...
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Identifying independent clauses

I know that a comma in front of the conjunction 'and' is usally set when and is connecting two independent clauses. I can't decide, though, if the second part of the following sentence is, in fact, ...
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essential information?

Before a vaccine was finally discovered by an American scientist Jonas Salk in 1955, more than 80% of polio patients received help from the foundation. I was given options of a) keeping the bold part ...
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Should *American Gothic* be surrounded by commas or not?

Grant Wood's best known painting, American Gothic, is one of the few images to reach the status of universally recognised cultural icon. I had thought that I should change the bold part to "painting ...
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Is my comma usage correct?

I have this sentence but I'm not sure if my comma usage was correct In the final lines, he writes, “save outrage for something even more monstrous – the way we are contributing to the starvation ...
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Comma to end a series and set it off from the rest of a sentence

The following is a question from the ACT that I answered incorrectly with H. It illustrates an important rule regarding commas in a series that I'm still mixing up. The gray highlighted portion can be ...
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Why without 'that' or comma between 'chances are' 'it involves'? And why 'fall on'?

Why without comma or point between 'chances are' 'it involves'? But whichever side people fall on -- a big breakfast or small one -- chances are it involves a cup of coffee or tea.
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Use of comma before AT

is the use of comma appropriate in the following sentence The UK had the highest amount of tea import, at around 80,000 tonnes. or should I write it without the use of a comma? The UK had the ...
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Comma placement in a series

A high-energy country music that emerged in the 1940s, bluegrass features acoustic stringed instruments, such as: the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass. F) No Change G) ...
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A semi-colon with “however” vs. a comma with “but”

Is there any significant difference between these two sentences? Joseph created a few sets himself, but the first manufacturers who inspected his new game did not think it was likely to become very ...
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Do I need a comma before 'I guess' in this sentence?

There's always a trade-off I guess. The sentence seems incorrect whether I add one or not; I might just have to re-word it.
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Are the commas in “The confusing unmatched bracket, and the fact that it is…” incorrect?

Are the commas in this sentence correct, and the comma before 'and'? Is this not a dependent clause followed by an independent clause thus no comma. If you look at it as extra information within ...
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Struggling with Comma Usage in Essential and Non-Essential Clauses

I asked this question before, and I accepted a well explained answer. However, I am still struggling with the problem. In the meantime, I did my own research which further led to more confusion. My ...
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Coordinating conjunction commas

Scientists did not find it problematic to explain the physical world with nonphysical phenomenon in seventeenth-century England. Though Bacon did. A) No Change B) England, but Bacon did. C) England; ...
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Comma usage names

One helpful set of terms is essential vs. nonessential. When the identifier makes sense in the sentence by itself, then the name is nonessential and you use a comma before it. Otherwise, no comma. ...
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Should we add a comma before 'and'?

My desire to become an excellent accountant makes me enthusiastic, motivated, focused, and an excellent fit for this job. Is it right to put a comma before "and" ?
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Use of commas and “or” with “e.g.”

In a book (Clean Architecture, Robert C. Martin, page 46) I read (e.g., jar files, DLLs, or Gem files) I wonder about the use of commas and or. I would have expected (e.g. jar files, DLLs or ...
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To use a colon or comma

I'm wondering whether to use a colon, semicolon or comma in the following sentence. I've come to a tough conclusion: The second book is better than the first. Is that correct? Or would a semicolon ...
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multiple phrases connected with comma

I aspire to help organizations achieve their goals by solving the issues in the areas of customer focus, employee engagement, adapting for change, managing in complex environment and work-life ...
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Why does however require a comma after it?

I attempted to write Of course, you may be subject to other ordinances outside city limits, however most townships and cities within this county have adopted similar rules. but grammarly suggested ...
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not well-educated [closed]

Can one write a. A group of not well-educated people are very happy with the new measures. b. A group of people not well-educated are very happy with the new measures. c. b. A group of people, not ...
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for the second time, in her office

a. Last Monday, I talked to her for the second time, in her office. Is the sentence correctly punctuated? Does it suggest that that was the second time I talked to her (whether in her office or not? ...