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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are important information set off by a pair of commas in the following sentences?

Non-essential information is supposed to be set off by a pair of commas. In the following sentences, the parts enclosed by a pair of commas are essential to the meaning of the sentences. Without ...
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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 ...
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Which one is correct, with or without a comma?

(1) It is possible to acquire through long experience some appreciation of the point of view of the laboratory scientist, some understanding of his methods, and the way he conceives a problem. (2) It ...
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Why do you think semicolons are used herein?

The list below is taken from Barbara Abbott's 'Definiteness and Indefiniteness.' My query is not related to the contents of the paper but it is about the punctuation she uses, about the use 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.
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use of comma before a clause starting with for

Do I use a comma in the following sentence: Driving is only a means to an end, for most people.
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Any possibility for simplified punctuation in direct speech?

Not sure I'm asking about direct speech here, though. Consider the sentence: And then I thought, why do I even need this? I believe I run into sentences like this occasionally. The correct way ...
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Like Indicating Thoughts?

I get thoughts: like, why may he go there? How may you, properly, and grammatically, indicate thoughts in maybe formal writing?
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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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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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Punctuation in “wrappers in this language”

I wrote: We offer an algorithm to apply wrappers in this language to web pages. I guess the bold part is a reduced relative clause, right? if not what is it? We offer an algorithm to apply ...
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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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Can you clear my this punctuation syntactical doubt?

Items to be worn at school: kind of White 'V' neck shirt with white flaps with house stripes, white socks, white hair band and white shoes, House colour scarf. I feel like the and should come ...