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26 Answered Questions for the topic Commas

Commas Subject Verb

10/15/19

Comma usage and subject-verb agreement

Hi. Hoping to get an expert answer on whether the following sentence is correct, and if not, why?The bags will be gifted backstage to the performers to let them know just how much we, and the city... more

08/05/19

The name of this grammar structure?

> It is a serious, ***and sometimes fatal***, disease that may become epidemic in crowded, unsanitary living conditions.I'm trying to find the name of grammar structure (a very technological... more
Commas Esl/esol Speech

07/03/19

Punctuation within quotes?

When I was at school I was told that a quote should end with a comma. For example: > "The car is on the road," said Tom. "No it isn't," replied Dick. "He's right — it's over there!" said... more
Commas Esl/esol Speech

07/01/19

Punctuation of direct speech, edge cases?

I recently learned that I have developed a consistent, but entirely wrong approach to punctuating direct speech in fiction. I am in the unenviable position of trying to relearn. Previously I wrote... more

06/24/19

Punctuation for the phrase "including but not limited to"?

When using the phrase "including but not limited to", how should it be punctuated? When used in the following (no punctuation): > There are many activities including but not limited to running... more

06/21/19

Comma after To at the beginning of a sentence?

I am just writing my master thesis and I am unsure whether to place a comma in sentences starting with "To". Here are some examples: - To be able to improve the performance[,] it is important to... more

06/21/19

Punctuation for the phrase "including but not limited to"?

When using the phrase "including but not limited to", how should it be punctuated?When used in the following (no punctuation):> There are many activities including but not limited to running... more
Commas Grammar Clauses

06/20/19

Is a comma in this sentence required?

In the sentence below, is the comma optional or should it (not) be there? I can hear it there when this is spoken, but I am not convinced it needs to be there in written form. > In order to pass... more

06/20/19

Punctuating a sentence containing em dashes within commas?

I always find myself writing sentences that contain clauses within clauses, and I can never decide what the right way to punctuate this is. I'm not specifying what kinds of clauses because they... more

06/19/19

Is the use of a verb-ing still correct after a comma when the subject is changed?

I know that usually we use verb-ing after a comma to say the action before the comma and that after the comma happen simultaneously. (e.g. The figure for bananas continued to grow, overtaking that... more

06/19/19

Is the phrase, "Use commas sparingly" a valid piece of advice?

I am currently in the process of collaboratively editing a research paper, and participated in a meeting about it today. During the discussion, the head of the group made a blanket statement about... more
Commas Grammar Clauses

06/17/19

Is a comma needed to offset a title?

If I were to try and describe a book called "Book", is this sentence grammatically correct? >The book _Book_ by Joe Bob is set in... I was told that this sentence is incorrect, that commas must... more
Commas Grammar Example

06/14/19

Use of commas with seemingly dependent clauses?

I'd like to know whether or not the following examples are correct in relation to comma usage with independent/dependent clauses. Every time I come across examples to use commas in separating... more

04/23/19

Do you separate an imperative after a conjunction by a comma?

I want you to go and ask him the price, but don't tell him I sent you. Is this a main clause followed by a coordinating clause (imperative)? "Pour the vodka into the glass, and add orange juice."... more
Commas Grammar Writing

04/23/19

When to use mid-sentence commas when adding a formal name?

Where is it appropriate to insert a comma when putting a persons name in the middle of a sentence, such as when writing an email or letter. Is it really before AND after? Examples: > *Thank... more
Commas Grammar Writing

03/22/19

When to use mid-sentence commas when adding a formal name?

Where is it appropriate to insert a comma when putting a persons name in the middle of a sentence, such as when writing an email or letter. Is it really before AND after? Examples: "Thank you for... more
Commas English Grammar

03/20/19

When to use mid-sentence commas when adding a formal name?

Where is it appropriate to insert a comma when putting a persons name in the middle of a sentence, such as when writing an email or letter. Is it really before AND after?
Commas English Grammar

03/20/19

Em dash and list of things?

I've searched everywhere before asking this question but I couldn't find an answer to my specific question: "In spite of all the problems in life—lack of education, poverty, unemployment— John... more

03/19/19

Why is there no comma before "and" before this independent clause?

> This was at a moment when the magistrate, overcome with tiredness, had > gone down into the garden of his house **and**, dark, bent beneath > some implacable thought, like Tarquin... more

03/17/19

Where to insert comma(s)?

Compare these: > 1. She tried, and, as expected, failed. 2. She tried, and as expected, failed. 3. She tried and, as expected, failed. 4. She tried and as expected, failed. 5. She tried and (as... more

03/17/19

Using a comma before “and we already have a toaster.”?

Which of the following is correct? 1. No gifts please, we don't need any orchids and we already have a toaster. 2. No gifts please, we don't need any orchids , and we already have a toaster.

03/16/19

Are commas and dashes truly interchangeable?

My English teacher told me that "dashes and commas are interchangeable". For instance, "My friend, Alex, ran to the store." and, "My friend–Alex–ran to the store." are both grammatically correct... more
Commas Esl/esol Speech

03/14/19

Is it necessary to add a comma before 'too'?

Copied over from the writers site. As in these two examples: They all wished to have one too. They all wished to have one, too. Perhaps what makes comma usage in these examples is that, in... more
Commas English Writing

03/13/19

Should I put a comma before the last item in a list?

Should I put a comma before the last item in a list?> I would like crackers, cheese and some soda. > I would like crackers, cheese, and some soda.
Commas

04/26/17

Which is correct?? #1 "I don't know how," moaned our little sister Sandy. Or #2 "I don't know how," moaned our little sister, Sandy.

Should there be a comma in front of Sandy because of it being an appositive???
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