the sign (,), a mark of punctuation used for indicating a division in a sentence, as in setting off a word, phrase, or clause, especially when such a division is accompanied by a slight pause or is to be noted in order to give order to the sequential elements of the sentence. It is also used to separate items in a list, to mark off thousands in numerals, to separate types or levels of information in bibliographic and other data, and, in many European countries, as a decimal point.
a fragment or smaller section of a colon.
the part of dactylic hexameter beginning or ending with the caesura.
the caesura itself.
Music. the minute, virtually unheard difference in pitch between two enharmonic tones, as G♯ and A♭.
any of several nymphalid butterflies, including the North American Polygonia comma, having a comma-shaped silver mark on the underside of each hindwing.
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How to use comma in a sentence
I wanted it to be a dramedy, although I’d call it more of a comma.
Fake ones use more generic words like “vacation,” “family” and “experience” accompanied by a lot of commas and exclamation marks.
The analysis found characteristics strongly suggestive of bots — such as double commas and dangling commas that often appear with automatic scripts — though at least some of the accounts were being operated by humans.Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter | Isaac Stanley-Becker | September 15, 2020 | Washington Post
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Can it be exported to Excel, or a comma-separated file, for instance?
It was more like punctuation, a real life comma that emphasizes the constant pressures of our daily schedule.
Sort of a combination grammar and punctuation problem, is what I call the “however comma splice.”
Power is the subject, and the execution is precise—even if this book will make you miss the comma terribly.Nicholson Baker, Katie Kitamura, and This Week’s Hot Reads: July 30, 2012 | Jimmy So | July 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is it a kind of punctuation, part comma, part full stop, part interrogatory mark?
It was bordered by trees for almost its entire length on both sides, and it was shaped like a enormous, elongated comma.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
Page 229 Chapter X a comma was inserted in the phrase 'he would secure the competence he had yearned for, for so many years'.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
It was done to please him; for I omitted neither accent, nor comma, nor the minutest tittle of all he had marked down.
Lucas bore it patiently; he didn't want his great-grandchildren and Elaine's shooting it out over a matter of a misplaced comma.Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
And even if nobody read it through, not even a reviewer, I should have to without skipping a word or a comma.Balloons | Elizabeth Bibesco
British Dictionary definitions for comma
the punctuation mark(,) indicating a slight pause in the spoken sentence and used where there is a listing of items or to separate a nonrestrictive clause or phrase from a main clause
music a minute interval
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Cultural definitions for comma
A punctuation mark (,) used to indicate pauses and to separate elements within a sentence. “The forest abounds with oak, elm, and beech trees”; “The bassoon player was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on December 29, 1957.”
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