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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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Semi-colon vs comma usage in long list

I have doubt on semicolon and comma usage, should I swap their positions? Or should I put colon instead of semicolon? Out of the major expenses incurred by the company, raw materials accounted for ...
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What punctuation mark should I put after the word introduce (to emphasize, convey a pause), “Let me introduce (—/,/:) [name]”?

What punctuation mark should I put after the word introduce (to emphasize, convey a pause), "Let me introduce (—/,/:) [name]"? I would favor dash, but in English, it's used differently than in my ...
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If an adverbial is at the beginning of a subordinate clause, should I separate it both from the subordinating conjunction and the rest of the clause?

For example, here's a sentence, "What was new was that(,) now(,) the party abstained from a vote" (you can additionally comment on the "was was" structure, if you wish; I don't see anything wrong with ...
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How to properly write down an enumeration? No consensus in the literature

I doubt what is a proper, and suitable for in an academic text, way to give an enumeration. I used Google to see how other people (mainly in papers) do it, but there is not a consensus. The reason ...
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What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences?

The author ended his story by saying "life is short." The author ended his story saying "life is short." Does there need to be a comma after "story" in the second sentence? If so, why?
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to use in case of emergency

a. This is a gun, to use in case of emergency. b. This is a gun, to use only in case of emergency. c. This is a gun, to be used in case of emergency. d. This is a gun, to be used only in case of ...
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Comma after “to”-phrase starting a sentence

I am wondering if I need a comma in the following sentence. To further our understanding of this phenomenon(,) we conducted yet another experiment. If the sentence was the other way around (We ...
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Saxon genitive: When to use the possessive apostrophe correctly

I know that If both elements are inanimated one can use the preposition of but not necessarily, example: "This is my car door" or "This is the door of my car" As far as I know, it would be wrong to ...
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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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as if in a superhero movie/as in a superhero movie

a. Those kids were talking as in gangster movies. b. Those kids were talking as if in a gangster movie. (Meaning: They were talking the way they do in gangster movies.) =============================...
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Should I hyphenate in this expression?

How can I use the hyphen (or something else) to make this sentence less confusing: This algorithm achieves a fraction of 0.5 of the full and instantaneous information system region. Here we ...
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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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Comma splice with short imperative clauses

I saw the following (what I believe to be a) comma splice in an advert this morning and was wondering how you would go about remedying it. Be a part of it, visit [web address] Would it be better ...
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How do we punctuate an abbreviation followed by a colon?

When making bullet points of details about something, do we punctuate the abbreviation? Is it this way? The details of the Vehicle are given below: Vehicle Chassis No.: [dot and colon ...
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Should commas be used in this sentence?

Various kinds of meat and fish in the bazaar were found by the cook. In the sentence, should commas be used before and after the phrase 'in the bazaar'? If commas is used there, the phrase is an ...
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A comma before “because” in a sentence like “This effect happens(,) because of this cause.”

In this sentence, should there be a comma before because: A file was excluded because it cannot be updated. Part of me thinks cause and effect should have a comma. This effect happens, ...
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Can I remove the second “is”?

please consider that English is not my first language :D thanks the sentence: [...], however, as he is not only holding onto the rope but is tied to it just like his counterpart, the native, [...] ...
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“Paul's neighbours were terrible so his brother's friends went round to have a word”

I have the following sentence that i need to punctuate Paul's neighbours were terrible so his brother's friends went round to have a word From my knowledge a semicolon must be used between two ...
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Restrictive clause with a preposition

I am not sure if this sentence is correct: The word, from which the Polish, Ukrainian and Czech verbs 'mówić', 'мовити', 'mluvit' descend, means 'to say'. It is certainly a restrictive clause, but ...
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Is a comma required to separate an “and” from a list?

Here's an example. This is from the novel 1Q87 by Haruki Murakami. Just before noon, Tengo put on a raincoat and hat and was headed out to the local market when he noticed a brown padded ...
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Comma question.. speech usage terms

I have a basic question regarding commas, and I have not found the answer I was looking for. So the rule of thumb is to never separate the verb from the subject or main subject should I say...but in ...
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usage of “and” in stead of “comma” in a sentence

1.They did not add these extra hours and minutes and seconds. 2.They did not add these extra hours, minutes, and seconds. Are there any difference in these two sentences when using "and" instead ...
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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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Should there be a comma before too (at the end of the sentence) if the sentence already has commas?

According to many sources, like Grammarly's blog, you can omit the comma before too. This got me thinking, how about sentences like these? Come to think of it, Tom was angry, and Mark was mad too. ...
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Why is “and so” often followed by a comma even though it's a conjunction?

From this website, I found the following advice: If you have an introductory word (or two) that is being used as an adverb (usually answers the question of when, where, why, or to what degree), ...
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Is it OK to use single quotation marks around a business name?

I'm currently in the process of writing a written piece/assignment for university as a contrast and compare piece and was curious as to if using single quotation marks around a business name for ...
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Can the comma be omitted after “during 1983”?

In the sentence, "During 1983 temperatures set records," would it be okay to omit the comma after "during 1983"?
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Punctuation in saying the given phrase

I can climb to the top of that tree. How you ask? Well, like this. I can climb to the top of that tree. How, you ask? Well, like this. I can climb to the top of that tree. "How", you ask? Well, ...
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Should there be two commas in the construction so … so … that (intensifier)?

Here's an example: Her deception had been so deep, so disappointing(,) that he swore never to speak to her again. Should there be a second comma there? I'm sure you need a comma if you write ...
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Is the second clause defining or non-defining clause?

When I plug the equipment into an electrical source, its green light turns on, but when I push the start button, the microwave does not work. I think there is an electrical problem , which ...
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Why do some introductory words are always followed by a comma and others aren't?

Some examples. However is always followed by a comma. Examples. Mostly is almost always followed by a comma. Examples. Rather is 50-50, I think. Examples. (I think this is the case with so too.) ...
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Is “along the way” parenthetical in the following example?

They dated for two years. Then(,) along the way, their love started to fade. I wonder if along the way here is parenthetical or not. Is it the same as this structure? Then, without even noticing ...
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Commas with modifiers

In the two sentences: "It is estimared that around one in five people have a sleep disorder of some kind, affecting their abilty to get enough sleep." and "The number of people suffering from ...
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comma before that systems

In this sentence why we use comma before that?? "Eventually, this led to redistribution systems for luxuries and basic commodities, systems that were organized and controlled by Minoan rulers from ...
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Shouldn't there have been a question mark after “do you” in this context?

I read this in Kafka on the shore: Man alive, how'd you get all that blood all over you? What the hell were you doing? But you don't remember a thing, do you. I strongly believe there should have ...
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Grammatically speaking, should I put a comma in the following introductory clause?

After having a green salad and black coffee for breakfast(,) and putting on her white cap and black hoodie, Mary went to university to meet her professor. At first, I thought I had to put a comma ...
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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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Comma usage of non-restrictive and restrictive clauses containing that and which

I am a native speaker of English but am having trouble with the distinction between that and which, with respect to restrictive and non-restrictive clauses and comma usage. For example, which is ...
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How to punctuate a welcome message

I am developing an application. When users login to this application, I would like to welcome them. Should it be "Welcome Susan." "Welcome, Susan." "Welcome, Susan" "Welcome Susan" or something else? ...
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“So something,” vs. “so something that” vs. “so something”

I've seen the three versions. The one with a comma, the one with "that," and the one with nothing: It was so big, it was scary. It was so big that Sampson had to drag it to her. Only it ...
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The correct use of comma to distinguish determiner “that” from the conjunction

Let us look at the sentences I think, that man always errs. / I think that man always errs. Does my punctuation officially suffice to clarify that the first sentence refers to a specific man, ...
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different from, or opposite to my traditional statements. Vs. different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements

I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements. I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to my traditional ...
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Is this considered a comma splice?

In the book "Smoking", author John a famous writer and scientist, and author Kim a statistician and activist, urges smokers to quit smoking. Is this a comma splice?
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Should an apostrophe be used when writing “predeceased by her husband's”?

Should there be an apostrophe after husband when writing "she is predeceased by her husband's" or should it be husbands?
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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On the expression “sun-down”

She took a factory job working from sun-down to sun-up. (Source: Drifting ) I think sun-down expression seems to have been made from "the sun is down", but what I want to know is what is the rule ...
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“In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco.” vs

In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college at Microsoft, in San Francisco." or In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of college, at Microsoft, in San Francisco." In 2006, XYZ got his first job out of ...
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Does this prepositional phrase need commas?

Which one of the following is best?: Notice how on the surface he looks like he hasn't stolen anything. Notice how, on the surface, he looks like he hasn't stolen anything.