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Comma before or after Parenthesis — The Ultimate Guide

If there’s anything worse than spelling, it should be the punctuation system. And, among all the punctuation marks, the comma seems to be the most notorious offender other than the semicolon and the colon. To make matters even worse in our discussion today, let’s mix the comma rules with another set of perplexing punctuation marks, …

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Comma after “for example”: The Definitive Guide

Knowing where commas go in our sentences needs a bit of legwork. Just like every other skill that we try to learn. Being able to mix the appropriate transition devices with proper punctuation enriches writing to a whole new level as well. Thanks for dropping by! Let’s now take a little journey towards understanding these …

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Comma before “if” ― All There is to Know!

What punctuation mark causes the worst pain in the neck to anyone doing business correspondence, academic texts, and even just birthday greetings? You’re right. It has always been the comma, which is perhaps even more notorious than Ted Bundy in the world of writing. If you’re nodding your head in silence as you read, then …

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Comma after “yesterday”: The Definitive Guide

What about the punctuation of the temporal expression “yesterday”? Do I need a comma after it or not? Well, not so fast, please! The answer to this question is probably more difficult than you would expect.  That said, the short answer to the question is simply: Sometimes, it is followed by a comma, and sometimes, …

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Comma after “Happy Birthday”: The Definitive Guide

Have you ever taken a pause while writing utterly ordinary phrases to contemplate whether or not a comma should be shoved in? And, have you ever deliberately consulted Dr. Google for these types of writing concerns? One such phrase that often causes trouble is the well-known “Happy birthday phrase.”  People seem to be confused about …

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Commas Before Relative Pronouns: The Definitive Guide

“I know what pronouns are, but I’m kinda confused about the idea behind relative pronouns and I have no clue on how to punctuate sentences containing relative pronouns.  If that’s totally you, you’ve certainly come to the right place.  But don’t worry, Linguaholic got you covered! You’re welcome. You can thank me later for writing this …

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Coma Vs. Comma: Here’s How to Tell Them Apart

Writing in English may sometimes put us at the end of our wits. We may occasionally wish to just become walking dictionaries so we won’t run out of lexical resources. Words with minute differences in spelling and pronunciation often get us stuck in a spider’s web because we may be prompted to consult either Mr. …

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Comma after “thank you”: The Definitive Guide

Researchers have shown that being polite has a ‘positive social value’ in many cases. In other words, it pays to be polite. One of the easiest ways to do that, as any parent knows, is to say “please” and “thank you.” But where do the commas go if you’re thanking someone? Read on, please, to …

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Comma before “albeit”: The Definitive Guide

The written system of non-lexical items in texts is known as punctuation. Punctuation marks are guiding signs for readers so the words do not crash into one another, thereby preventing word traffic collision. In short, punctuation marks are the traffic signals in the crowded community of paragraphs. And why are these marks important? Of course, …

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Comma before “too”: The Definitive Guide

Punctuations provide prosodic cues that convey the intention and tone of texts. The rhythm of the text can be manipulated by the mastery of punctuation placement, such as commas. Put simply, sentences without punctuations are like songs without beats while punctuation misplacement is equivalent to a person who could sing, yet hits the wrong notes …

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Comma after “hopefully”: The Definitive Guide

Understanding how and when to use the comma in English can be confusing. One reason is because there is not always a strict rule about when to use a comma. Both native and foreign speakers of English struggle with comma usage. While there are times when you definitely need a comma and times when you …

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