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Is this sentence structured well? [on hold]

"As the current conflict in the country continues to aggravate, many services, basic and essential infrastructure have been destroyed or greatly diminished."
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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 ...
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Using comma before “reduced non defining relative clauses”

As far as I know, I can reduce sentence one to sentence two. 1- My brother Ben, who lives in Hong Kong, is an architect. 2- My brother Ben, living in Hong Kong, is an architect. But I often ...
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comma after speech tag

'Hello,' said Peter, with a smile on his face. 'Hello,' replied John, as he closed the book. Are the commas after "Peter" and "John" correct? Are there differences between British and American ...
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“This food is sweet for a meal, sour for a dessert” - the punctuation for this construction

If I have to state its general form, I would write: ... [X] + as/for/article/none + [noun 1] , [X antonym] + as/for/article/none + [noun 2] . X: is any adjective I want to know if the comma makes ...
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When do we not put a comma before “because”?

In what situation do you put a comma before "because"? And, when do you not put a comma before "because"? I've always assumed that you put a comma, because the clause introduced by "because" will ...
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Is “But, I later realized, have no car” grammatical?

I was engaged in some informal but I hope grammatical conversation with a friend who is less fluent in English than me (so I didn't want to confuse them!). It went: So why are you so upset? ...
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Do I really need a comma here?

When I was a mere child, my mother supported my father who easily got sick and had to be admitted to the hospital and went through all the hardships. Someone taught me that when you put a comma after ...
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He is picky about food(,) so he only eats what he likes

He is picky about food so he only eats what he likes. He is picky about food, so he only eats what he likes. Which one is correct? Do we have to put a comma before 'so' or not?
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Why are important information set off by a pair of commas in the following sentences?

Non-essential information is supposed to be set off by a pair of commas. In the following sentences, the parts enclosed by a pair of commas are essential to the meaning of the sentences. Without ...
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What is this prepositional phrase modifying?

A cabin stood at the end of the trail, on the edge of a mountain lake. My analysis on what "on the edge of a mountain lake" modifies in this sentence is that it can modify "a cabin" or "the trail".
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Non-restrictive prepositional phrase starting with “of”

Recently I've visited an art gallery and happened to come across a masterpiece , of a woman the artist had loved for a long time. Recently I've visited an art gallery and happened to come across a ...
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The only road, to the country, North Korea, has been closed for ten years since then

The only road, to the country, North Korea, has been closed for ten years since then. The only road to the country, North Korea, has been closed for ten years since then. Is there any difference ...
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Comma with preposition phrases

The man, from the country, is just one of my close friends. The man from the country is just one of my close friends. I'm curious to know whether there are any subtle differences in meaning or ...
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Does there need to be a comma after football?

We can play football or watch a movie. We can watch football, or watch a movie. Does there need to be a comma after football?
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Do I need a comma in the following sentence containing two independent clauses?

That day Mary looked tired; her eyes looked small for the first time(,) and her mouth contorted into a yawn every five minutes. I'm confused because I found similar constructions on Google Books. ...
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When do we put a comma before “so that”?

I am not sure where I got the idea that a comma must be added before "so that", but I have been doing this for a while now, and now I realized it might be ungrammatical, or is it? When would you add a ...
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Why grammarly.com did remove comma here “They have just discovered a new fuel - it's half the price of petrol, and much cleaner.”

In "How English Works" page 172, 16 "They have just discovered a new fuel - it's half the price of petrol, and much cleaner." Why grammarly.com remove comma after petrol: "They have just discovered a ...
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The use of comma?

A lovely technique for helping children take the first steps towards creating their own, unique story , is to ask them to help you complete a story before you tell it. How come there is a comma',' ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...