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Use of commas and “or” with “e.g.”

In a book (Clean Architecture, Robert C. Martin, page 46) I read (e.g., jar files, DLLs, or Gem files) I wonder about the use of commas and or. I would have expected (e.g. jar files, DLLs or ...
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Grammar, punctuation, comma

Can anyone tell me, if the comma before primarily is incorrect grammatically? Employment Insurance, throughout the years, has been subjected to a flood of controversies, primarily surrounding the ...
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Will you write like “etc.).”?

Like say you a sentence like I like office apps (like word etc.) Then how do you add period? Like etc.).? Will it be weird to have two dots so close and also like the U.S.A. at the end of the ...
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Correct way to enumerate ideas in English

My mother tongue is Spanish and in Spanish the correct way to enumerate ideas is saying something like the following: I have many ideas, among them we can find: idea A; idea B; idea C ;and finally, ...
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for the second time, in her office

a. Last Monday, I talked to her for the second time, in her office. Is the sentence correctly punctuated? Does it suggest that that was the second time I talked to her (whether in her office or not? ...
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threw me in a cage like an animal

a. They threw me in a cage like an animal. b. They threw me in a cage, like an animal. c. They threw me in a cage as they would an animal. d. They threw me in a cage, as they would an animal. The ...
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how do you punctuate: father son act

How would you properly punctuate this?? 1)The father, son act of Bob and Jim 2)The father-son act of Bob and Jim or 3)The father/son act of Bob and Jim
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Interpretation of an integrated relative in “my brother who doesn't [live in New York]” in context

Here goes a sentence from a grammar test published on the online version of The Telegraph (UK): I should like to introduce you to my sister Amanda, who lives in New York, to Mark, my brother who ...
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Type of sentence structure

The last sentence here – supplemental – what distinguishes it from a sentence that would cause a comma splice? If I was to write - it was the most fitting conclusion... it would become a comma splice ...
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Punctuation in a compound sentence describing two parallel processes

Do I need a comma at the end of a clause that presents some action that is happening simultaneously with the action that will be described in the main clause? For example: When kids' passive ...
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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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What is the correct way to construct this sentence?

What is the correct way to construct the following sentence from a grammatical and punctuation perspective? Example: Currently occupying the position of a server Moderator in the ''AVU'' group. ...
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Question mark or a full stop?

What should be the punctuation at the end? Should it be a question mark or a full stop? Please explain. Have you ever got involved so much in a book that you could hear their voices in your head; ...
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Usage of quotation marks

I have a question about the usage of quotation marks in the following passage: The Democratic Republic of Congo has cleared the way for the World Health Organization to deploy a trial vaccine ...
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can it be a period instead of comma?

Can the first comma be replaced with a period? I think this is a non-essential relative clause, but I feel it can be two separate sentences. Scientists have found a promising alternative to fear ...
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Where do I place a period when a sentence ends with a quote?

Where do I place a period to end a sentence following a quote? Same thing with a question mark where the quote was interrogative. Does the "?" land inside or outside the quote, followed by a period? ...
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What's the function of “that” in the following sentence?

Notice, that with this meaning, the word is an uncountable noun, so you can only say youth, not youths. (BBC) Does "that" indicate that the whole part afterwards is the objective clause of the verb "...
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how to properly distinguish between two indirect sentences?

He mentioned that he had been in court the previous day. meaning, I am saying this to someone else, that he (someone), sometime after the event took place, mentioned it, that: "I was in court the ...
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Is the use of semicolon in the mentioned text correct?

I think comma is a better choice instead of the semicolon in the following text. Isn't it? Faulkner’s starting point is Burge’s "acceptance principle"; according to which, a person is entitled to ...
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Can I write something like this: “I found an answer on is and why is it important to do that.”

In Serbian, there is a nice way to say this and would love to find a way to do the same in English. Basically, I would like to make two statements in one sentence, second (why) related to answer on ...
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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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What is the difference of these two sentences with the comma separation?

We got in through the window which someone had left open. We got in through the window, which someone had left open. I saw/hear these two sentences from an IELTS preparation video http://www....
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possessive apostrophe question

Sentence: I'm glad he didn't see me in one of The Harrows' classes. context: there are two people with the surname "Harrow" and both of them hold classes. They are nicknamed by students as "The ...
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How to punctuate a phone call interrupted by transmission glitches?

As an example, 'Hi, it's John. (glitch) are you? Listen, I'm having a party (glitch) week and would like you to come over.' I would like to know in what ways (I'm sure there are more than one) ...
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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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Is the following sentence grammatically sound?

sentence: Everyone, everywhere would be caught in the deluge of the tsunami of shit that we let rage rampant. Something about the last three words feels off.
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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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A question within a question, the punctuation

I'm not sure if this is the correct written way: "Who took the test? Mark?" Is that the appropriate way to write that, or is there a punctuation mark that I'm missing? I can always re-phrase it ...
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Punctuation usage?

Suppose Bryan wants to say "If you do that, then (i) I will leave, (ii) I will never go back, and (iii) I do not want to see you again.". My question is how to use punctuation to prevent the ...
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little doable or very little to do?

which is the most grammatical of those sentences? There is very little doable about this issue, we just have to work harder. Other than working harder, we can do little about this issue. There is ...
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Do we use commas in similar scenarios

Pretending to do things he can hardly do while others look at him in awe(,) is his thing. Should there be a comma there? If so, what are some other similar constructions where you'd use a comma?
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Can we use dash to connect two independent clause?

The most famous among these are the still-relevant Olympic games. These games tested the strength of warriors from different provinces who gathered in front of cheering crowds to represent their ...
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“It is black, it is not blue” or “It is black. It is not blue”?

I am not sure if I have to add capital letter and a period (full stop) in the following sentence. Obviously, I am talking about cases where I say them continuously, and in that case I'm not sure if ...
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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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What is the proper use of a comma in the following situation?

Should I use a comma in the below sentence? which one would be correct? I am _ years old, and my birthday is... or I am _ years old and my birthday is... I am not too sure about this, any ...
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Could it be imperative sentence without exclamation mark?

Based on the definition of Cambridge dictionary for the "imperative sentence": a sentence that gives a command or gives a request to do something. Then, as far as I can see, command or request ...
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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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What punctuation should I use here?

God, do I miss being in Europe !/. Or God, do I miss Europe !/. I think both the sentences mean the same thing. What i'm concerned about is what punctuation to put at the end of the sentence. ...
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although so far as horror-film narratives in that vein go

There’s more than one way to die in the woods, although so far as horror-film narratives in that vein go, “The Blair Witch Project” has cast a bit too pervasive a shadow for nearly two decades now. ...
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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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Book Title Meaning

So if a book's title is "I love you,Nora Jane" What does it mean? Does it mean that Nora Jane is saying she loves him or the boy is saying he loves her.What about the ','(comma) that comes. Doesn't ...
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Do I need a comma for this quotation?

Do I need a comma before the quotation, or can I write without it? This is the sentence: Someone, not so long ago said, “Simply put: If you’re doing business with the biggest companies in the world,...
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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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Do I need a comma in the following case?

Nanase fetched her bento, her chair(,) and sat across from Masao. Do I need the second comma or not?
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Punctuation with gerunds

Can someone please help me locate the punctuation rule for gerunds? I am almost certain a comma should be placed before the gerund "claiming" in the sentence below, but I cannot find any grammatical ...
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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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In this case should I use an Em dash or a colon?

For this section of the course, I have written a blog post centered around the Republican sentiment: the belief that the British monarchy should be abolished and replaced with a democratically elected ...
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“, therefore,” and usage in this context

The strategic control of knowledge is a crucial element in the control of discourse understanding and, therefore, of discourse access and the criti- cal counterpower of oppositional reading and ...
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exact position of the asterisk in a sentence

If I want to annotate a word in the middle of a sentence, should I put the asterisk immediately to its right, or at the end of the sentence? I'd appreciate your help.
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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 ...