Commas Colons and Semicolons

Commas, colons and semicolons are commonly used punctuation marks. Commas are commonly used in listing items or after a phrase while colons are used to introduce or announce. Semicolons are used to create breaks or pauses.

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Do you use a comma after both?

If you mean in a sentence such as, "I believe that the new hours will work best for both the store and its patrons", then no a comma is not needed.

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How do you use conventional in a sentence with two commas?

Here is one example:

'Rather than give his wife flowers or chocolates for their anniversary, which would have been the conventional thing to do, Peter chose to buy her a circular saw.'

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Should you put a comma before or after anyway?

It depends on what you're writing. Here are 2 examples, one with a comma before and one with a comma after.

Anyway, I didn't want to go.

She can't help you, anyway.

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Is however always offset by commas?

No, "however" is set off by commas only in certain situations. The following sentences are all correct:

  • We did everything we could; however, her injuries were too severe, and she died.
  • These days, however, most mincemeat does not contain any meat, although it may still contain beef suet.
  • However you'd like to proceed is fine with me.

Although there is still debate about its correctness, many do not have a problem using "however" (in the sense of "nevertheless") to begin a sentence, as in the following example:

I followed all the instructions carefully for "easy installation and setup". However, as the night wore on, I still continued to get nothing but errors.

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Do you use a comma after the word often?

Not necessarily. There is no word or phrase in English that requires a comma. Often may take a comma when used as the first word in a sentence, immediately followed by explanation. For example, instead of the straightforward I often read on the long bus-ride home, some people might say Often, on the long bus-ride home, I read...

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Yes most of the time people pause after they say the word often for example: have you ever heard any one just keep talking really fast after they say the word often?

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What does an Apgar score of 4-6 indicate?

A score of 4, 5, or 6 requires immediate intervention, usually in the form of oxygen and respiratory assistance, or perhaps just suctioning if breathing has been obstructed by mucus.

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Should you put a comma before in turn?

No. There is no word or phrase in English that must follow a comma.

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Do you use a comma before the word although?

that would totally depend on the particular sentence in which it's beingn used - not enough info to say one way or the other

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Does a semicolon replace a comma?

In modern writing punctuation serves to make writing intelligible to your reader. Commas normally separate groups of items. If you have any reason to separate elements within groups by commas, then you would use semicolons to separate groups.

Normally, you use the most basic unit of punctuation possible. You do not normally use a semicolon instead of a comma.

Let's try it this way. The sailors included Joe, Sam, and Sue. Or we could say: The sailors included Joe, with the peg leg: Sam, with the handlebar mustache; and Sue, with the stunning blonde hair.

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How would you use persevere in a sentence?

People learn to persevere if they want to succeed in life.

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Should you put a comma before which includes?

Because English is written to be read, for example:

Josh is taking all his science's for his GCSE's which includes Chemistry

Josh is taking all his science's for his GCSE's, which includes Chemistry

A comma is usually put into a sentence to signify a pause, it just sounds better when read.

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Do you place a comma before or after but?

befor

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Do you put comma before by?

Not necessarily. Commas are a feature of sentence structure. There is no word or phrase in English that requires one.

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Do you put a comma before the word until?

You generally do not use a comma before "until." For example:

  • I ran until I as so tired I had to stop.
  • She waited until he finished work at 6.
  • Study until you feel comfortable with the material.
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What does the word inc stands for.. for example India Inc.?

Literally, the word "Inc." stands for "incorporated", indicative of a non natural person that has been given personal status for some purposes by action of a sovereign government. The initial letter is capitalized because it is part of a name of such a non natural person. However, in expressions such as "India Inc", the "inc" is used symbolically to assert that the entire country emphasizes business values, particularly monetary gain, over more subjective values such as religion, love, and friendship.

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When do you use a semi colon in writing?

Use a Semicolon to:

Link two independent clauses; to connect closely related ideas. For example, 'Some people write with a word processor; others write with a pen or pencil.'

Link clauses connected by conjunctive adverbs or transitional phrases; to connect closely related ideas. For example, 'But however they choose to write, people are allowed to make their own decisions; as a result, many people swear by their writing methods.'

Link lists where the items contain commas; to avoid confusion between list items. Example, 'There are basically two ways to write: with a pen or pencil, which is inexpensive and easily accessible; or by computer and printer, which is more expensive but quick and neat.

Link lengthy clauses or clauses with commas; to avoid confusion between clauses. Example, 'Some people write with a word processor, typewriter, or a computer; but others, for different reasons, choose to write with a pen or pencil.'

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Do you need two commas before and after moreover?

Not necessarily. Commas stand for pauses, or to separate ideas for clarity. Where there is no pause and no need for clarification a comma is usually unnecessary.

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Do you use a comma before the word 'while'?

As a conjunction that begins a subordinate clause, the word "while" doesn't need a preceding comma when it ends a sentence. For example, The children ate all the cotton candy while their aunt cleaned up the spilled drinks.

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Do you use a comma after the word while?

yes,

most of the time!

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Is it proper to use a comma after Thank You and then the person's name example in an email to John. 'Thank you John.'?

The style manuals say that anytime you address a person directly, their name should be set off with commas. The correct syntax is: Thank you, John. Hello, Susan. Don't look, Sharon!

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Do you use a comma before the word otherwise?

No. Commas are a feature of sentence structure, and there is no word or phrase in English that requires one. For example: Joe was a bright light in an otherwise dull show.

"Otherwise" would typically require a semicolon before it.

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Do have to put a comma behind the word for example?

Not necessarily. Commas are a feature of sentence structure. There is no word or phrase in English that requires one.

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How would you use the word tantamount in a sentence?

This is not tantamount to treating animals like things.

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Is there a comma after or?

No, I believe that the comma is before the 'or', or I may be mistaken.

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What does a semi colon mean?

A semicolon is that piece of punctuation which looks like a comma with a period above it. It looks like this

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and it is used to separate independent clauses within the same sentence, as in "He came; he saw; he conquered."

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