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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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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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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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Is comma discouraged in compound predicates even within long sentences?

I'm checking my new formal document with Grammarly, and feel uncomfortable seeing it suggesting I remove the comma in many compound predicates, even in longer ones. For example, the following sentence ...
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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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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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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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Punctuation rules in a business letter addressed to several recipients

I usually use: Diana, Thank you for.. Dan, I considered your.. I've seen in my incoming letters: Diana - thank you.. Dan - I considered your.. So the questions is: What is ...
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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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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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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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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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Punctuation: in five countries; namely, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey

Is the punctuation of this sentence correct? The table given illustrates the expenditure on various products in five countries; namely, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Is the usage of a ...
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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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How to punctuate when a sentence is embedded into another sentence

As in title. For example, "Where have you been?" she asked at home. "We don't know it." he said in that meeting. The sentence "where are you?" is grammatical. So, what would be the ...
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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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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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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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Help in usage of punctuation

This sentence has been taken from Rudyard Kipling's "Lispeth". Whether Christianity improved Lispeth, or whether the gods of her own people would have done as much for her under any circumstances, ...
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“PUNCTUATION or FULL STOP error?”

This is most unreasonable. It is outrageous simply scandalous I shall speak to him. The sentence had been found in a "Cambridge First Certificate in English" examination. Upon reading the sentence, ...
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“The obvious question here is how does …” - Does this sentence require a question mark?

According to the Chicago Manual of Style Guide (17th Ed.) "An indirect question never takes a question mark." (6.69: Direct and indirect questions) "How the two could be reconciled was ...
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comma after “Firstly” at the beginning of a sentence?

A post (Comma after "of course" at the beginning of a sentence?) gives a clear rule/suggestion about the usage of comma after the transition words/phrases at the beginning of a sentence. ....
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If I make a non-verbatim quotation (as news outlets often do in their titles), what punctuation should I use?

Federal judge Beryl A. Howell: No vote on initiating an inquiry is required. In the cases of all three presidents who faced such an action — Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Bill Clinton — the ...
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what is the punctuation for “most/ first/ worst of all” and sentence start with “in”?

what is the punctuation before and after for "most of all", "first of all" and or "worst of all", when they are used at the beginning, in the middle and or at the end of a sentence? some sentence ...
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Punctuation. Comma before even

"I can still hear your voice‚ even without a phone. But you can't hear me. That's right. So what?" Why the writer used a comma before even? In some other sentences‚there was no comma before even.
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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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“To find a book” structure

Is comma, semicolon or full stop is needed in these sentences? If it is, when and which of these punctuations? Furthermore, I really appreciate if you name the grammatical name of the first part of ...
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Punctuation after conjunction like “or” and “and”

I am wondering when we put commas, because in most situations after a conjunction we don't put a comma. Example: This must be true or at least truer than the last proposition. However, we may ...
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Do I need to put comma in this sentence

In this sentence, there are three mistakes. Is the comma after "In this sentence" necessary?
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Capitalizing the suffix “-like”

Should I capitalize the suffix -like in a title if it is hyphenated? For example: Diamond-Like Carbon Coating or Diamond-like Carbon Coating Metal-Like Compounds or Metal-like Compounds Which is ...
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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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“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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How should I use of the structure: “the question what”?

Which sentence is correct? Why? Gerunds can answer the question "what". Gerunds can answer the question "what?". I often feel that it would be a mistake to write something like: "Seldom" ...
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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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punctuation following “Likewise”

I'm wondering whether or not "Likewise" should be followed by a comma in the following dialogue: A: Hello, you must be Peter. B: And you must be Sam. A: That's right. Welcome to Boston. ...
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What is the correct punctuation Of the following statement

Is ; rightly placed in the following sentence or not? He is a nice boy; however, he had been rude last evening
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In this sentence, is the comma after “president” necessary?

This is the plan of the United States' new president, Donald Trump. I have seen sentences like the above both with and without that comma after "president". Which is the right way to write it?
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comma before the word “too”

Is it correct to put a comma before the word too in this sentence? He was getting tired of eating sandwiches! It turned out his father was getting tired of eating sandwiches, too, so they both went ...
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capital or small letter in the first letter after a term definition double colons

If I am using double colons to define a term, shall I start the first letter after it with capital or small? Example: Top-websites: Websites that are visited by more than # users each day. Or, ...
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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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How would one punctuate a sentence which began as a question but ended with a statement?

The sentence is "Can I ride with you because the other car is already full"
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“This food is sweet for a meal, sour for a dessert” - the punctuation for this construction

If I have to state its general form, I would write: ... [X] + as/for/article/none + [noun 1] , [X antonym] + as/for/article/none + [noun 2] . X: is any adjective I want to know if the comma makes ...
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Quotation marks

Should the quotation marks ("I") be used in the following sentence?: In scientific papers, singular personal pronoun "I" tends to be replaced by a plural form. For my opinion, it's correct. What ...
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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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relative clause

With most children there are certain years of childhood, which every parent feels ought to free from the burden and responsibilities of the life. In this sentence, why is a comma needed after '...
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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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Question mark or period for the mentioned sentence?

Is such an act necessary, one might ask Does the above sentence need a question mark or a period?
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Is the “who” clause restrictive or nonrestrictive in this sentence?

Could you please tell me if I should insert a comma before who in this sentence that I've written? I feel that the "who" is nonrestrictive here since the clause "who hadn't wanted kids" is not ...
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Using coordinating conjunction with conjunctival adverbs

Why do we omit the comma that comes after a conjunctival adverbs when the adverb is preceded by a coordinating conjunction? My dog had got provoked./; Therefore, he bit my friend. My dog had ...