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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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Does the construction “not only … but also” require a comma?

Example sentence: She had not only lost her job(,) but was also about to fail university. A quick search on Google Books told me that most people put a comma in this type of construction. The ...
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Is there a difference in meaning and use because of a comma?

Let's compare four examples 1. His sister Amy (comma dropped) vs 2. His sister, Amy (comma added) 1.I respected and admired his sister Amy. 2.I respected and admired his sister, Amy. I think ...
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Is there something wrong with the conjunction “but” in the second sentence of this example?

Example: Thanks for contacting our support. I'll be happy to help you with your question. Currently, our product does not support comment or review feature. That is why you're only seeing the ...
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Does the Oxford comma also apply to three or more clauses?

The way I understand it, you use the oxford comma when separating 3+ "items" in a list. Items, I assumes, are nouns. For instance, I bought a bat, a mat and a hat. Usually there would be a comma ...
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Placement of the “comma” in this context

In the commentary section of a book titled MACBETH I found a sentence: Macbeth fights, Siward killing him. Shouldn't the comma be placed after Siward? My experience tells me that it is a misprint ...
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Any differences in meaning or in use due to commas?

The country Korea is well known for Kpop. The country, Korea, is well known for Kpop. My friend Daniel used to make fun of me. My friend, Daniel, used to make fun of me. I wonder which ones are ...
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Comma or colon?

Hello how can I determine if something is a paranthetical phrase? For example: That was a new consideration: whole-body ectothermy in a variety of bees. Is this correct? Or would a comma work ...
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Can bracketing commas contain incomplete sentences when introduced by although, though, even though, because, etc.?

According to this university site (section dedicated to bracketing commas): There are a number of common words which typically introduce weak interruptions containing complete sentences. Among ...
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What type of comma is this (comma before “but”)?

According to this university's website, there are four types of commas: listing, joining, gapping, and bracketing comma. In the section dedicated to bracketing commas, there's this bit: The ...
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comma before “that is” and how to convey definition vs. additional information

We are looking for an electric car, that is, a car that runs on electricity. We are looking for an electric car that is red. How do I distinguish between these two examples?
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“Great Leader, X” or “Great Leader X”

I want to know if that comma is necessary in this case, it kinda gives me a feeling that it should be used but I'm not really sure. They went directly to the Great Leader, X They went directly to the ...
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Is the comma in this context grammatical

Russian military officers hacked Democratic servers to steal thousands of emails in 2016, the intelligence community and the special counsel found. Is the comma above grammatical? I think it isn't ...
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On separating two prepositional phrases with a comma followed by and

Is it grammatical to separate the two prepositional phrases (P.P) by a comma in The truth is that after hospitals are hit, and in areas like this where there is just one hospital, our houses have ...
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How to use comma noun and doing in sequence?

I'm reading a book named "Programming Rust". I couldn't get the meaning of the following sentence in the last chapter. Note that unsafe code must not depend on ordinary, safe traits being ...
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Can sentences be grammatical if commas are added?

"He with the hat knows her with the scarf" "He, with the hat, knows her, with the scarf" I pity them who lost their money on gambling. I pity them, who lost their money on gambling. I know 1,...
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Why does “or at least” is usually preceded by a comma?

This is from independent.co.uk (it showed up as a result on a website): You have probably read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or at least heard of it. Or is a coordinating conjunction, so ...
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independent clause or non-essential element, semi-colon or comma?

The sentence I'm struggling with is: The first version was coded from scratch in HTML and CSS, it looked like a 90's webpage. Is the comma correct? Or should it be a semi-colon? I thought it was ...
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Grammar Check: Should I use a semicolon?

Should I use a semi-colon in this sentence: This function returns true if Special Case, false otherwise. It feels like any combination of punctuation in this sentence is wrong. I just want to add ...

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