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What does the phrase “contrasted coordinate elements” mean?

Use a comma near the end of a sentence to separate contrasted coordinate elements or to indicate a distinct pause or shift. What does "contrasted coordinate elements" mean? Source: owl....
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What makes a clause essential or nonessential?

So I'm currently practicing how to use commas properly and have just come across the following example: Jillian, who had worked in the dress shop all summer, hoped to work there again during the ...
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consecutive punctuations in the beginning of a sentence

No, perhaps it was her who did it. No, perhaps, it was her who did it. I think the second is the conventional way, but it also looks weird to me for some reason. Is the first correct? Is there any ...
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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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Is a comma required after 'then' at the beginning of a sentence?

In the following example, is it necessary to put a comma after 'Then'? It would be appreciated if you explain the reason as well. In section 1, X is introduced. In section 2, Y is explained. ... . ...
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enclosing introductionary phrase with comma or not

The field of study of these questions is metaphysics, more precisely the part of metaphysics known as ontology. The field of study of these questions is metaphysics, more precisely, the part of ...
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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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Double Parentheses to end a sentence

I have been working with a Ukrainian student to help them practice English and have noticed in their writing they often end sentences with double parentheses. For example: "I went to the park ...
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Is this grammatically correct?- colon after question [closed]

Where does it come from?: nowhere. Is this use of colon okay?
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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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what is the correct punctuation for otherwise!

I am really confused which one is correct? In grammar books "otherwise" is a conjunctive adverb and should be at the start of a sentence or after a semicolon, but in dictionaries it comes ...
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one comma or double comma?

Also, sometimes, I cry. Also, sometimes I cry. The safe answer is the former, but I am not sure if both are ok. What are the grammar rules on this? Also, sometimes I just keep running. Also, ...
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Why is question mark put immediately after the last letter [closed]

I have noticed that the sentence: "Where did you go?" is marked grammatically incorrect my some websites and there should not be a space between the 'go' and '?' I have two questions Is ...
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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 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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Placing footnote mark before or after punctuation?

I am writing a research paper. I need to add a footnote. Should I place the footnote mark/superscript before or after "full stop"? For example: The placement of footnote: style Ahere. The ...
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What's a lot of money {out of curiosity}?

I have come across the following: Person A: We made A LOT of money. Person B: What's a lot of money out of curiosity? I am wondering, does ending a question with "out of curiosity" sound ...
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One of my friends who

a. One of my friends who works at your office told me that. b. One of my friends, who works at your office, told me that. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Is the punctuation of both ...
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the use of comma or semicolon before quotation

which one should we use? comma or semicolon? and should we capitalize the first letter of the quotation? Six teachers emphasized promoting students’ autonomy by stating**:** “My job is to make my ...
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Now she’d arrived she felt queasy inside

I read this example sentence in the link: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/queasy?q=queasy. Now she’d arrived she felt queasy inside. I think there is a comma or a ...
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possessive and adjective form of “the 1920s”

What's the possessive or adjective form of the 1920s? Is it the 1920s' (with an apostrophe following the s)? Most books only talk about the plural form, which I think is a settled issue, but the ...
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Are these just separate independent sentences with the commas used incorrectly?

From "The Garden" by Sara Teasdale: Heaped with bending asters and dahlias heavy and dark, In the hazy sunshine, the garden remembers April, The drench of rains and a snow-drop quick and ...
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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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zinc (red dot) Holistic Method

In the picture attached, a woman holds a placard which reads: Covid Cures Hydroxychloroquine ZPAK $14.00 zinc (red dot) Holistic Method The red dot seems to link zinc with holistic method, I am not ...
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punctuation - which situation had gone wrong?

I am reading a Composition, which was titled as Describe a time when you were given a chance to remedy a situation which had gone wrong. I understand it as even the remedy also had gone wrong. If I ...
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Comma before a participle

My question might be a duplicate, but I've tried to find an answer, searching this site, - haven't succeeded, though. Is it correct to put a comma in the following sentence? I spent the next three ...
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Semicolon or period?

Each conjunctive adverb has an individual meaning; thus, you should use whichever one fits the sense of the sentence you are writing. The source website Can I write these independent sentences ...
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Does the comma influence the answer?

Of the following three options, which is grammatically correct? Does the comma influence the answer? As a pillar of its religion of progress and cult of technology, our society cultivates its great ...
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a good improbable story

a. He told me a good improbable story. b. He told me a good, improbable story. c. He told me a good and improbable story. Are all of the above grammatically correct and correctly punctuated? Is there ...
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Bill alone cannot solve this problem

a. Bill alone cannot solve this problem. He needs help. b. Bill alone cannot solve this problem. Everyone else in the class can. Are both of the above grammatically correct? Are they correctly ...
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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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was not arrogant and

a. He was not arrogant and helpful. b. He was not arrogant, and helpful. c. He was not arrogant and very helpful. d. He was not arrogant, and very helpful. Are the above sentences grammatically ...
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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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Punctuating reporting speech [closed]

How do I punctuate a sentence like this: May he stay in school and become a doctor wished his parents while we his friends wished may he return home soon and join the army along with us. This is ...
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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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“They thought of us as parents'” [closed]

I'm writing a poem. No matter how much I study, I'm often tripped up in understanding when to use an apostrophe. Hope someone can confirm this is correct. They thought of us as parents' Our ...
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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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The meaning of “Who should find it but you?”

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Extended, Tom Riddle says to Harry Potter about diary: Tom Riddle: Still, the power of the diary began to scare her. She tried to dispose of it in ...
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Are there situations where you have to absolutely put a comma before because?

You shouldn't report him because he's a relative. You should report him for other reasons. You shouldn't report him, because he's a relative. You shouldn't report him because he's a relative. I am ...
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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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What is the difference between comma and period between two independent clauses?

What is the difference between "I ate a banana, and I ate an apple" and "I ate a banana. I ate an apple"? for me it feels like they have a different meaning like the first one is ...
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Can “either that” be appended at the end of a sentence with a comma?

Example: She was an antisocial person, either that or she was a sociopath. As opposed to: She was an antisocial person. Either that or she was a sociopath. Is the first case grammatical? Why or ...
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Can I use a colon in the following sentence?

According to information from the news agency Reuters: safety experts warned the Lebanese government back in July of the devastating effects the explosion would cause. Does the word after the colon ...
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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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Should you have two periods ending a sentence with et al.?

Let us suppose that I write: I read the article from Rossi et al.. Did you? Is it correct? Should I write two full stops at the end? It sounds very strange to me. "et al." needs a full ...
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Can a hyphen be used as a colon?

Can a hyphen be used as a colon? For instance, a grocery list. Grocery list - chicken sandwich, salad, fries

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