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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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Direct address for 'you', does it need a comma or not?

You, get out. You is a direct address, so I'm asking the person to get out. Do I need to add the “,” between you and get?
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Is “domestic” the best choice? “on … foreign, and military policies”

I know this is a relatively easy question but I'm in disagreement with my teacher and his book, since non of them is written by a native, I decided to ask you guys to help me with this: The ...
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commas before titles/names

1.They visited Portmeirion, Cornwall, which is best remembered as the filming location for the cult 1960's television series, The Prisoner. 2.It was beautiful in Portmeirion, made famous by the ...
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Should “no doubt” be surrounded by commas when put in the middle of a sentence?

I searched for "it was no doubt" on Google Books. The comma-less version is more common. My instinct, however, tells me that there should be commas since "no doubt" in this case is a parenthetical ...
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Correct usage of brackets/dashes instead of comma

When pausing to add extra information or a dependent clause mid sentence, which is the correct way to use brackets (parentheses) and em-dashes, and can they be used in the same way as commas and vice ...
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I kind of lost in between as there are lots of commas [closed]

Biopower is part related to what Foucault calls "a history of the present", grasping the present in its contingency, unsettling it from its prejudices and exploding their hold on reality, ...
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Usage of 'having been' 'commas (,)' and 'ensure'

I recently read this paragraph on a website (https://taiwancanhelp.us), but I'm a bit confused about if the grammar is correct in these two sentences: "Taiwan, having been isolated from the World ...
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“Meanwhile” in present continuous sentence

How to use "Meanwhile" in a present continuous sentence? For example, "Meanwhile, China laughing at all the superpower nations" Is this sentence correct?
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Does this need a comma or can I do without?

Then a few weeks ago he called me and said he wanted to see me about something. Does this need a comma or can I do without?
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correct usage with commas in this example

While introducing someone, we use commas. · This is Jane, my sister. · The distinguished scientist, Mr. Stephen, of AKL University, will be addressing the crowd tomorrow. In the ...
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Comma usage and -ing phrases

I saw this sentence on a GRE app. The -ing phrase obviously modifies the noun "the highbrow", but is it necessary to have the comma?
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The usage of commas when writing an address

Let say we have an address of the following form (4 lines): Apartment 5, Banana Residential Area, No. 28 Apple Street, [City], [Province], [Postcode], [Country] Now here are the questions: Where ...
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Use of the word 'so'

I am confused about using the word 'so'. Here is an example. I had a fever so I did not go to work. Question is, in the above sentence, do I really need a comma before 'so'?
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“To enable a simple investigation of ARS’ integration covering their dynamic behaviour and to develop”

To enable a simple investigation of ARS’ integration covering their dynamic behaviour and to develop is/are a comma/s needed?
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Use of commas and the word “starring”

I'm correcting a film review by one my ESL students and she has written the following sentence as the first one in one of the paragraphs: Starring, Joaquin Phoenix, with incredible acting that makes ...
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five hours from Monday to Friday

a. You are going to work five hours from Monday to Friday. b. You are going to work five hours, from Monday to Friday. Do the above sentences mean that you are going to work five hours per day from ...
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Do you need a comma before and?

His beautiful, yet messy and long hair was a thing to see. His beautiful, yet messy, and long hair was a thing to see. I am not sure if it takes a comma, but I think there are arguments to be ...
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When to use a comma vs. a period before a quotation

I'm unclear on exactly when to use a comma or a period before a quotation. It's obvious if what comes before is a simple dialogue tag like "He said," but consider the following examples: Mike was ...
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Should I use a comma in this sentence before “and”?

Could you please tell me if the punctuation of the following sentence is correct: I know I would be an asset to your team and my knowledge and international experience will be a very good ...
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Is 'do' needed in this sentence? and is comma needed?

Seeing the amount of these sheets accompanying each medication, I have realised how much paper (do) we waste on a daily basis? Seeing the amount of these sheets accompanying each medication I have ...
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Are the commas with the word additionally correctly placed? and what article should I use in the end of the sentence?

Despite these drawbacks, this may be a well-accepted and, additionally, environmentally-friendly solution in a/the close future.
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Do I need to place a comma in this sentence? And is the word order correct?

Do I need to place a comma in this sentence? And is the word order correct? Supporting guidance on 'Fair trading requirements' advises that discrimination in regard to the costs of the goods and ...
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Commas with “so”

I am confused with the usage of so. Consider some examples from Oxford and Meriam-webster It was still painful so I went to see a doctor (Oxford). We were bored with the movie, so we left (MW)...
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English Commas to a separate non-essential part

This is a sentence from BBC. Some European countries, including the UK, lost their measles-free status and many developing countries, especially parts of Africa, Asia and Oceania are seeing ...
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The skeleton is naked of / from meat?

Which preposition is idiomatic to use in this context? This skeleton is naked of / from its meat. I mean to say that this animal / human skeleton which is from 500 years ago, is without meat / ...
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Is the omission of commas accetpable in these cases?

1.The city Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in the southeast corner of Australia. Do I have to set off "Melbourne" with commas as in "The city, Melbourne, is the capital of the state ...
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Do I need to add a comma in this case?

I know there could be a difference in meaning because of a comma as below 1.I have a daughter, who is a doctor. (I have only one daughter and she is a doctor) 2.I have a daughter who is a doctor. (I ...
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Meaning of comma in sentences

Profits continue to grow, with strong performances in South America and the Far East. Comma after ''grow'' He was clothed in his photo, with a friendly smile. Comma after '' photo'' What does ...
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Is the punctuation here correct?

the following is the result of me translating and then subtitling I am not entirely sure if I should use a comma at the end of the 1st line or even in the second line. but I chose to put it as follows....
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Present participle phrase used non restrictively modifying its preceding noun

I have learnt that past participle phrase can be used non-restrictively, set off by commas, as in 1 and 2, but cannot only present participle phrase be used non-restrictively? If context is clear as ...
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participle phrase with a comma

Mark stood next to Tracy, feeling helplessly nervous. I have a question about this sentence. If context is added, according to context, can the sentence mean either 1 or 2 below? Mark stood next to ...
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Do I put commas in that's phrases?

Should I put any commas here? Paint the fence that's red green. (meaning "Paint the red fence with green paint.") Move the wheelbarrow that's on the stairs below the stairs. (Could be ...
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“… that(,) for that purpose, we need …” Is comma (,) required?

In my email to a university official, I used the following construction, In the file that you attached, it is said that, for our case, we need another document. I understand that this sentence ...
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Do these changes of the location of commas in a dictionary make the meaning dif from the original?

Does the location of commas in the original explanation (,or not ~ of,) indicate the phrase between them is not neccessary? I wonder whether the change of the location of commas below affects on the ...
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Is this a correct way of using a comma?

"Deduplication of data can be done inline, that is, before storing them." before the words "that is" and after it. please note that deduplication is a computer term.
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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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