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comma

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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Add a comma before the coordinating conjunction that joins two independent clauses.
Legal history is replete with cases in which a comma made all the difference, like a $1 million dispute between Canadian companies in 2006 or a very costly insertion of a comma in an 1872 tariff law.
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The devil is in the details, specifically in the last comma.
For one thing, use of the comma is not a grammatical question at all.
The issue of approving a joint venture proposal filed by the Malaysian-based AirAsia and India's Tatas became a bone of contention between the Indian finance ministry and the aviation ministry, as the ministries differed in their interpretation of a government press statement pointing to a strategically positioned comma in the statement.
In a statement published today, Cosan announced it would buy Comma from Esso Petroleum Co Ltd (EPCo) in an effort to set foot into the European lubricants and specialties market.
The Elements of Style (Strunk, 1935) instructs us to place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause.
Nursing credentials are separated from the person's name (and from each other) with commas.