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Should we use comma when using “after” as preposition at the begining of sentence?

Is comma to be used after flood in this example ? "After the flood the area was hit by an epidemic in spite of the measures urgently takan."
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Why is a comma needed before the following like simile?

It looked weird, like having a garden inside your apartment. I thought the comma was optional in cases like these. But I searched for "it looked weird, like" on Google and almost every result had a ...
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Quote within quote

This is the situation : I am to mark a statement true or false with supporting statements from text. I like to put the extract in quotes to mean that it is the exact copy of the text. The problem is ...
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A period after a question mark

I read something written by a native, reliable English speaker, where he ended his sentence and question with a question mark followed by a period. What he wrote: [Some preceding text] If you were ...
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Should there be a comma before “which meant that” in the following case?

According to Grammarly's blog, you should use a comma with non-restrictive phrases: Jeff’s new car, which is less than a month old, already started leaking oil. And leave it out with ...
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Can “A game a few would play” be a valid structure?

This is a line in a "poem", but I have changed two words to "game" and "play" with preserving the sentence exact structure. Indeed, a game a few would play. I have searched for this structure ...
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Why is there a comma before but in the following case (dependent clause)?

The following example ends with a dependent clause, so I assumed I shouldn't put a comma before but: She was beautiful enough to attract men but not to intimidate them. I checked similar sentences ...
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Semicolon or colon in this sentence

I want to put an semicolon in his sentence, but I am not sure it is right. Hi, SCM deployed this; it is ready for testing. Also, could a colon be used in place of the semi-colon?
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Can we put a comma before another punctuation?

There's a show called "What Would You Do?" and I was wondering if you can put a comma after the interrogation mark. For example: What Would You Do?, the popular hidden camera show, was canceled by ...
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Comma or semicolon?

Do I use a comma or semicolon in the example below? For your convenience; changes are in red and I’ve also attached your prior comments.
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Punctuation: Which sentence is correct?

Edit: (I apologize if my question does not make sense. English is not my first language) Hello, I have just started learning English from online resources and I cannot figure out which sentence is ...
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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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Comma in “or rather.”

I was shocked to discover that or rather is used with and without comma in a dictionary: https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/or-rather It is fear, or rather fears, that I want to speak about in ...
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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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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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He is picky about food(,) so he only eats what he likes

He is picky about food so he only eats what he likes. He is picky about food, so he only eats what he likes. Which one is correct? Do we have to put a comma before 'so' or not?
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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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A word in parentheses with a punctuation mark

I have come across the format of where one single word rests inside parenthesis and is followed by a punctuation mark. Some of how I have seen it used (The examples are written by me but I have ...
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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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Is a comma needed in following sentence? [closed]

Is a comma needed in following sentence? The scientist presented his theory, and went on to attack the opponents.
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The proper punctuation of (Thanks + independent sentence)

When a thank you phrase is followed by an independent sentence that is related to the thanking part, what is the correct and most proper punctuation to use? There are many possible ones to apply; ...
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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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Do I need a comma in the following sentence containing two independent clauses?

That day Mary looked tired; her eyes looked small for the first time(,) and her mouth contorted into a yawn every five minutes. I'm confused because I found similar constructions on Google Books. ...
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Shouldn't there be a comma in this phrase from the Frankenstein novel?

One guy has posted this quote from Frankenstein novel and asked about the meaning of some phrases: The room was dark, and at first I could only see a mass of wires, glass bottles and jars, and ...
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When to put a comma before but?

I heard that you put a comma before but when you're connecting two independent clauses, but what if the second clause doesn't contain a verb? Does it mean it's not independent? There are a few cases ...
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How do I write people doing something at the same time? [closed]

While Lorrainne got in the driver's seat mom got into the passenger seat.(they are switching places)
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Solar and wind powered

How to correctly write "Solar and wind powered" in a sentence? Are hyphens required? Possible options: Solar and wind powered Solar- and wind-powered Solar and wind-powered Solar and windpowered
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Is the second comma ungrammatical?

Usually, we see the following sentence: Hello Eric, could you please tell me why you are here? But I am wondering if this one is ok too: Hello, Eric, could you please tell me why you are here? ...
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Use of commas in a descriptive sentence [duplicate]

My eyes blinked in unbelief as they beheld the domineering statue, the inscription "Power has no limits" on its face and "I came, saw, and conquered" on its feet. Should there be a comma after face, ...
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Syntax of “There they all were, talking about homework and Quidditch and who knew what other rubbish”

Hermione ripped open the newspaper and began to read the report inside while Harry looked around the Great Hall. He could not understand why his fellow students were not looking scared or at least ...
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“To X, to Y,” vs “to X, to Y”

In the novel Me Before You. I stumbled into this sentence: But to actively, to voluntarily, play a part in her own son's death? I was surprised because Google Books also has a version without the ...
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Why has comma been used after “been” in this sentence?

I read an example in Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: His son has been, in politics a nonstarter. Why was comma used after "been" not after "in politics"? Because in this sort of sentences, ...
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Can we put an interrogation mark after a question that's in the middle of a sentence?

I know the sentence is overly long, but I saw authors do that too, but the question is not if this is bad style, the question is whether it's ok to nest the question in the middle of the sentence and ...
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Is there a comma before “and soon” at the end of a sentence?

I'm proofreading for an author and his sentence is, in essence, written like this: Bob will be exposed for his bad deeds and soon. I think you need a comma before "and soon," but I can't find a ...
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Period after Hi (Hi.)

We usually write: Hi, John. But if I'd like to write simply Hi followed by a Period, ie, Hi. How are you? Is it correct? Thank you.
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“What is your name” vs. “What your name is” in this context [closed]

Which sentence is grammatical: Tell me, what is your name? Tell me, what your name is. Tell me the uses of both the sentences along with correct punctuation marks.
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Are punctuations within quotes ok?

I wrote the following as an example: There are Christian men who pretend to be virtuous while at the same time committing sins like adultery like it was nothing. I say "Blasphemy!" However ...
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When can we use a colon after a dash?

This is from The Development of Human Rights Law by the Judges of the International Court of Justice by Shiv R.S. Bedi: If, as Prof Brownlie states—:'Sovereignty, or sovereignty and independence, ...
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“Knowing Language know grammar is easy.” Is the sentence correct? [closed]

"Having a lot of money have respect for others is not easy." Are my sentences correct, does it need any punctuation mark ? Please Explain me. I am not a native speaker.
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Should I put a comma here?

Should I put a comma in the sentence after "mazes"? Does this comma change the meaning of the sentence? A car could run and solve critical mazes using infrared sensors and ultrasonic sounds were ...
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Is the extra comma grammatical?

This comes from The Life of John Wesley, Volume 2 by Robert Southey With all this, the zeal of this extraordinary man was such, that, as he truly said of himself, the sword was too sharp for the ...
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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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Which is the proper use of the adverb “equally”?

Because it matters to me as it does to you equally. -In this sentence I've placed the adverb at the end of the sentence even though I'd prefer to reform the sentence, for emphasis purposes, into: ...
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How to punctuate a complex sentence with two quotes?

Supposing, there is a sentence: For example, if parents ask their son or daughter: “There are 10 ballerinas at the theater but all of female dancers have gone on the tour. How many ballerinas ...
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Is this the correct use of a semicolon?

Why should we be reading things that don’t interest or portain to us on standardized test; the tests that matter the most? I'm trying to put a pause and more emphasis on, "the tests that matter the ...
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Can I remove the comma?

There was the Hero of the North, whose partner was Michael. I am wondering if this sentence can be turned into: There was the Hero of the North whose partner was Michael. I am wondering if the ...
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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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How can I use question mark correctly?

What is your father's name, mother's name, and brother's name ? Can you answer the following? Or the following: Are you well?...or not? Which is\are correct among the three? ...
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'and therefore'

I'm currently in the midst of proofreading a particular text, and this following paragraph reads strangely to me: He took some time to arise from his cruciform, corpse-like state on the wicket, ...
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punctuation marks - importance and examples [closed]

I wonder whether there are such cases in English when punctuation marks (commas, semicolons and so on) can change the meaning of the sentence completely? For example, in Russian it happens very ...