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The comma ( , ) is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks in English. Commas are the same in appearance as apostrophes (), but are placed on the bottom line of the text, in the same location as periods.
Generally speaking, commas are used to connect two or more elements in a sentence, but the way in which they do this varies widely, depending on what these elements are and how they are arranged in the sentence.
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[Lat.,=point], the use of special signs in writing to clarify how words are used; the term also refers to the signs themselves. In every language, besides the sounds of the words that are strung together there are other features, such as tone, accent, and pauses,
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comma

[′käm·ə]
(acoustics)
The difference between the larger and smaller whole tones in the just scale, corresponding to a frequency ratio of 81/80.

comma

Music a minute interval

Comma

(project)
COMputable MAthematics.

An ESPRIT project at KU Nijmegen.

comma

(character)
"," ASCII character 44. Common names: ITU-T: comma. Rare: ITU-T: cedilla; INTERCAL: tail.

In the C programming language, "," is an operator which evaluates its first argument (which presumably has side-effects) and then returns the value of its second argument. This is useful in "for" statements and macros.

comma

In programming, the comma (,) is used to separate values in a function call. For example, in the C statement printf ("The result is %s\n", amount); the comma separates the display string from the name of the variable.
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If you're a person of the ear (which before the 1850s most readers were), commas are for breathing.
A quick punctuation lesson before we proceed: In a list of three or more items--like "beans, potatoes and rice"--some people would put a comma after potatoes, and some would leave it out.
David Hitch, an old colleague whose editorial cartoons continue to amaze me in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, passes along an example of the comma's abuse from his own family.
This article deals with the multi-million dollar comma involving Rogers Communications.
(9) In fact, as Truss (2004) observes of commas, "When it comes to improving the clarity of a sentence, you can nearly always argue that one should go in; you can nearly always argue that one should come out" (p.
Most references include a comma after the individuals name though publication records generally do not.
In other words, according to most schoolmasters studied, those punctuation marks considered of primary importance for the composition and reading of a text are the comma, the colon, the full stop, the note of admiration and the note of interrogation; some of them also include either the semicolon (3) or the parenthesis, and other ones both.
In the final example, that first comma is not punctuating the conjunction but rather is one of a pair of commas surrounding the parenthetical insert "according to the council."
* Who versus whom and the uses of commas were the two most frequently asked topics.
It struck me (but not my proofreader) as an obit heading, using a comma instead of a verb.
Suddenly, a lot of adults who hadn't paid a lot of attention to their commas were using them with great pride.