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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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Comma use in a relative clause

Context: "When we didn’t like what we earned(,) and we couldn’t find a better opportunity, we simply moved to another state." I'm not sure whether to add a comma here or not. Both clauses, &...
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To use or not to use commas in the sentence “The opportunity to be rich, that I always cared about, that generally comes to lucky people has never..”

I've already learned, in this beneficial forum, that commas are required to list more than two units with the same function. I would like to ask a question with regards to that. 1- The opportunity to ...
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Comma use in a complex sentence

Context: "Nadine has so much confidence in her gift that she says the award is hers(,) and she claims to own the title, even before the contest has started. Should there be a comma here? I am not ...
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Using commas between a verb and its object

When another words take place between a verb and its object, should I use commas? 1- Do you understand as a British person what I tried to say? OR 2 - Do you understand, as a British person, what I ...
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Comma between two clauses

Context: "Therefore, we should assume that if we are in trouble that overcomes us with despair(,) and if there is no way out we can see, there are people around us with a different perspective ...
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Comma use in split subject/predicate phrase

Should we use a comma in a sentence like "My failure to appreciate what it was, was the result of me being arrogant"? Or is it redundant here? I know that the comma splits the subject from ...
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Why is there a comma in “'I'd like to be as rich as Marco,' he thought”?

This is a sentence from a story I was reading: 'I'd like to be as rich as Marco,' he thought. Why is a comma used after the word 'Marco'? Can you please explain the grammar behind that?
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Commas in “The function is not reliable with low sample size, but in this case a good estimate can be found by simulations.”

I know my question is a little bit specific, but I would like the following sentence: The function is not reliable with low sample size, but in this case a good estimate can be found by simulations. ...
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Is there anything wrong with the punctuation in the following sentence

Is there anything wrong with the punctuation in the following sentence: He used to walk along the alleys running in the shade of the old park's poplar trees. What I mean is whether there should be ...
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Can I use a comma instead of an em dash before the phrase “all without proper notice” at the end of a sentence?

Would the first sentence using a comma be acceptable? Can this sentence be broken into two sentences, as in 2., or would that leave a sentence fragment? Or is 3. proper in its use of the em dash? ...
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Is this a comparative correlative and does it need a comma?

It seems that most conventional examples of comparative correlative, e.g. The further you go, the harder it gets. can be transformed in the following way: It gets (the) harder[,] the further you go....
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I prefer individual lessons(,) where your teacher and you can be more concentrated/focused and work on specific topics

Which word fits this sentence better? I prefer individual lessons(,) where your teacher and you can be more concentrated/focused and work on specific topics. Cambridge Dictionary suggests that '...
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Should this sentence use a comma or an em dash or something else?

How would one punctuate the below? The blue roan is a symbol of thunder, the potent power of thunder. The blue roan is a symbol of thunder — the potent power of thunder. I know there may be ...
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Do I need a comma with this appositive about Prince Phillip?

Do I need a comma before the word "dies" in the following sentence?: Prince Philip, husband of the Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II, dies at the age of 99, two months before his ...
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Is the comma (separating two independent clauses) necessary here?

Our head office is in London{,} and we have offices across England, Scotland & Wales. Is this comma necessary? I searched in google and saw many cases where they omit it in this particular place. ...
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How to scan THREE items connected by “and”s?

I found a sentence in the Reader's Choice (5th Edition, by Sandra Silberstein, Barbara K. Dobson and Mark A. Clarke) that has three items connected by "and"s in it: These efforts can assure ...
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Why is there a comma before the participial constructions?

I read the following sentence in a book: In war, leaving a single enemy alive to tell the story allows fear to spread. Why is there a comma after in war? As I understand it, there is a participial ...
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If there are two dependent clauses after a subordinating conjunction, is it correct to use a comma before “and”?

If there are two dependent clauses after a subordinating conjunction, is it correct to use a comma before "and" as in this sentence: "It can be determined by X + Y where X is defined ...
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Is it incorrect to use a comma before a verb acting on a list?

Which sentence is more correct? Sam, Jack, and Ella, were confused. or Sam, Jack, and Ella were confused. I've seen both used in professional writing, but the latter form seems to be used more ...
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Can “comma” be used instead of “and ”?

Object A is located parallel to object B and is located between object C and object D. I am trying to simplify the above sentence I created. I would like to know which of the following is better: ...
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Should there be a comma before 'just'? “If you love yourself just ignore them” [duplicate]

Is there a comma before 'just' in the sentence below? If you love yourself just ignore them because no matter how hard you try they won't understand.
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Do I need a comma before “to begin with”

Example sentence: I was never denying that, to begin with. My Grammarly corrected that to add the comma, but it looks really weird... Is that actually correct?
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Why have commas been used there in these sentences? Which rule of commas does it refer?

His ambition, twinned with desperation, resonates with any teenager who wants to journey off to college or move states away for work{,} in a bid to escape youthful boundaries. Poverty made Gatsby ...
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restrictive appositive/ specific contexts

The photograph of her bathing in the stream references the mythological goddess Diana. When deciding restrictive/non restrictive appositive use, do we restrict Diana based on the general yet accurate ...
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Is comma obligatory after a prepositional phrase starting with “Under”: “Under our beef brand, we produce marbled beef”

Under our Sverdlovsk Beef brand, we produce marbled beef from Aberdeen bulls brought to Russia from Scotland. Is comma obligatory after "brand", or could this prepositional phrase be left ...
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Utility of commas in given sentence

Most of my friends who work in content writing, as a part-time job, earn a lot. Most of my friends who work in content writing as a part-time job earn a lot. Are the commas in the given sentence ...
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Where do I place commas in a compound-complex sentence?

I was told to post this question here: I don't know if I should use a comma before "and" in this sentence. I grunted from the weight of the dresser and after a pause, the doorbell rang ...
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Where do I place commas in a compound-complex sentence?

I don't know if I should use a comma before "and" in this sentence. I grunted from the weight of the dresser and after a pause, the doorbell rang again. I gave up with a huff and went ...
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Purpose of Comma in this sentence

The only area where progress is lagging is the provision of high-efficiency irrigation systems to growers, mostly owing to technical factors such as the unavailability of clean water to prevent ...

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