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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 to ...
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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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Proofreading a sentence [closed]

can you please proofread this sentence: The objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of oral health education programs in improving oral health knowledge and oral hygiene behaviour, reducing caries ...
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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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Why the comma in "I received a gift from Uncle George, but not from my other uncle"?

As far as I understand it, "But not from my other uncle" is not an independent clause. It could show contrast, but that would still require an independent clause, like "John is rich, ...
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Is the sentence missing something?

In the following sentence shouldn't a comma or some other conjunction come after 'cohesive beauty' : The orchestra played for their guest with the lucidity and cohesive beauty it always brings to this ...
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Appositives that are possessives [closed]

I have a question regarding possessives that have this kind of construct: You are my brother, Jack's, murderer. You are my brother's, Jack's, murderer. Assume that Jack is my brother and is ...
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What is the word *then* doing in "The constant synthesis, **then**, of specific material from simple....",?

It was usually considered that the most characteristic feature of life is its metabolism. " The constant synthesis, then, of specific material from simple compounds of a non-specific character ...
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"or" between items

Which option is the proper in academic writing for "or" items (apples/pears/oranges): I am going to eat red apples or yellow pears or green oranges. I am going to eat red apples, or yellow ...
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Using commas in case of "you" + an appositive

I am not sure if my understanding is correct about how commas must be used in case of a pronoun "you" and an appositive. The wikipedia page on apposition says: And The Blue Book of Grammar ...
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Is comma necessary in complex sentence with examples?

Is the use of comma shown in the example below within the brackets necessary: Example 1 Projects consisting of six training sessions to staff and stakeholders, and supervised discussions(,) increased ...
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Can "such as" be placed far from the noun it modifies?

Question 1: Can "such as" be placed far from the noun it modifies like the case in Example 1? Example 1: Many great books withstood the test of time such as Animal Farm, 1984, and Alice's ...
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How to mix semi-colon and comma in a long sentence?

I am very confused about the use of semi-colon. I don't think I ever understood its usage even though I often feel the need for using it. How would I write the following sentence without confusing my ...
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"The carrot, which was orange, was tasty"

Can someone point out the differences in the meanings of the following 2 sentences : The carrot, which was orange, was tasty The carrot which was orange was tasty What all possible inferences can ...
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Commas with restrictive sentences

1:The 1987 movie, Innerspace, was pure science fiction. Would the comma placement here suggest this was the only movie of that year and is it still in a correct appositive structure if the ...
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Can you put a comma between "with ..."

After he lit the room, with the flashlight he had in his pocket, he read the papers he found on the desk. Can you put a comma between with and pocket? I am thinking it can be done if the "with ...
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Comma between “such as” and direct quotations?

Consider the following sentence: We see claims such as “Money is the root of all evil” [1] and “Women require time and money” [2] spread throughout research-level texts. Here, [1] and [2] are some ...
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How to use commas and “and” in a list of three items where the first two items are followed by a parenthetical remark “(both…)”?

Let's assume you adhere to the Oxford-comma style and write American English. Then, beyond any reasonable doubt, the sentence A. Mary bought fish, meat (which smelled rotten), and bread. is perfect....
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Should I use a comma after "personally"?

Should I use a comma after "personally"? Personally, I think a bit of cheese and meat isn't bad for us.
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Is there ever an instance where one can omit the subject in English?

In a sentence like: I am an artist, (I) enjoy giving art lessons and I've currently got lots of time on my hands Is the second 'I' necessary?
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Difference that the addition of commas make to a sentence

How do the following sentences mean differently? The candidates who got high marks were pleased. The candidates, who got high marks, were pleased. a. Those who got high marks and those who did not ...
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"comma" or "and" between section names? [duplicate]

"Comma" or "and"? Case 1: In §2.1 and §2.2 we prove ... or In §2.1, §2.2 we prove ... Case 2: As mentioned in Section 2 (§2.1 and §2.2) ... or As mentioned in Section 2 (§2....
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comma after subordinate clause "When we are young we pester our parents with questions because we believe they are omniscient."

Why does the sentence below not have comma after the word young (When clause)? When we are young we pester our parents with questions because we believe they are omniscient. (Source: Barron's 601 ...
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Use of a comma between quotation attribution and a following action tag

My question relates to the use of the comma. I am specifically interested in whether or not to use a comma between a quotation attribution and a following actions tag. "Let's go," John said ...
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Should I use one or two commas in this sentence?

can you please advise whether there are two commas: "videos, led by our Head Coach, Henry" OR only before the name? Can you please explain why? Full-sentence: In the upcoming weeks, we are ...
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comma or no comma?

Overlooking the entire coastal village, was a small mountain. Overlooking the entire coastal village was a small mountain. Do you need to put a comma here after village or it's completely wrong to ...
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Should the comma be inside the quotes in: I read "The Ghost," a short story by Hann? [duplicate]

A website says: In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allen Poe describes a man with a guilty conscience. It is strange to put a comma inside the double quotation marks like ...
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Comma before correlative conjunction not only ... but also

I'm doing an ACT practice problem, and I'm confused. In the sentence "Thousands of visitors from around the world travel to Siena during the summer, not only to witness the exciting race but also ...
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Sentence structure concerning phrases/subjects

Can 'Shildon Football clubs top striker' be viewed both as an introductory phrase or the main subject of the sentence depending on comma placement? Shildon Football club's top striker, Daniel Moore ...
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Is this correct? "One disadvantage of exams is that, when students mess one up, they feel really irritated"

In this question the expression "that when" is really annoying to my eyes and I suggested to separate it with commas. One fellow member of the community said that using those commas is wrong....
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Should I place a comma between the two dependent clauses?

Here are the two examples; please tell me if I should place a comma between the two dependent clauses that come before the main clause. I'd also like an explanation, please. Example# 1: (with a comma) ...
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Comma before “that”

I also emphasized that correction was in fact not needed, that the child was soon able, by herself, to get her names and classes straightened out. I found out that there is a comma before “that” in ...
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Should the phrase "if I were president" be enclosed by commas?

That's why if I were president, I would declare war against France. That's why if I were president I would declare war against France. Do you put a comma or not here, I thought you needed a comma ...
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Do commas sometimes come before the word is?

Is this sentence grammatically correct with or without the comma? A.) “She is never going to lead through the first 30, but what she has is the ability to relax, which is something we do not see in 21-...
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Sentence structure and the use of comma

I often see English sentences written in a fancy way with commas, for example, "At age 80, the greatest Maya king, Pacal dies." I would write " The greatest Maya king Pacal dies at the ...
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Punctuation in 'each gore consists of horizontal segments, or panels'

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, In its turn, each gore consists of horizontal segments, or ...
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How to use such as?

I wonder if I have correctly used the phrase "such as" in the following sentence? The abrupt changes in weather patterns such as prolonged heatwaves and days of heavy rain are the onset ...
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Is a comma necessary before the "who" in this sentence?

Laurent-Désiré Kabila, an ethnic Luba from Katanga province who would eventually overthrow Mobutu, had fought Mobutu's régime since its inception.* I am wondering if a comma is necessary before the ...
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"Please, keep me posted?" vs. "Please keep me posted"?

Should it be written "Please, keep me posted" or "Please keep me posted"? Asking about the usage of the comma not the phrase itself.
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Comma use in a pronoun and object phrase

Context: "Sweetie, we(,) old people(,) need some help every now and then,” she lifted her hands, beckoning him to her." I'm not sure if we need a comma here. It seems to be a parenthetical ...
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comma before a quoted sentence [duplicate]

Is it normal practice to omit the comma before the quoted sentence? When John told her, "you missed a trick," what did he mean? When John said, "you missed a trick," what did he ...
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can I use comma instead of and in this sentence?

I'm not native speaker and I'm student learning English in Korea. I saw one sentence that was from a exam but I found it really confusing. One widely held view is that self-interest underlines all ...
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Comma before adverbial phrase at end of sentence

I am using a grammar software and it constantly tells me to use commas before what I think is an adverbial phrase at the end of a sentence (and thus is not predceded by a comme). An example: "...
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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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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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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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