Comma FAQs:


Q: Is a comma used in many contexts and languages?

A: Yes, and mainly for separating parts of a sentence such as clauses, and items in lists, particularly when there are three or more items listed.

Q: Are commas often used to enclose parenthetical words and phrases within a sentence?

A: Yes, Such phrases are both preceded and followed by a comma, unless that would result in a doubling of punctuation marks, or the parenthetical is at the start or end of the sentence.

Q: Is a comma used on the letters ģ?

A: Yes, and ķ, ļ, ņ, and historically also ŗ, to indicate palatalization.

Q: Are commas often used to separate clauses?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a comma used to separate coordinate adjectives?

A: Yes, that is, adjectives that directly and equally modify the following noun.

Q: Is a comma used to avoid confusing consecutive numbers: December 19 1941?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a comma less closely or exclusively linked grammatically to those immediately after the comma than they might be otherwise?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a comma defined in Unicode as U+002C?

A: Yes, and COMMA , and many variants by typography or language are also defined.

Q: Are commas placed between items in lists?

A: Yes, as in They own a cat, a dog, two rabbits, and seven mice.

Q: Is a comma used to separate a dependent clause from the independent clause if the dependent clause comes first: After I fed the cat?

A: Yes, and I brushed my clothes.

Q: Is a comma used as a diacritic mark in Romanian under the s , and under the t?

A: Yes, A cedilla is occasionally used instead of it , but this is technically incorrect.

Q: Are commas used to separate parts of geographical references, such as city and state or city and country?

A: Yes, Additionally, most style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style and the AP Stylebook, recommend that the second element be treated as a parenthetical, requiring a second comma after: "The plane landed in Kampala, Uganda, that evening".

Q: Is a comma used as a decimal separator?

A: Yes, and equivalent to the use in English of the decimal point.

Q: Is a comma also known as the Oxford comma?

A: Yes, and Harvard comma, or series comma.

Q: Was a comma first used by Aldus Manutius?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a comma rotated 180° and placed over the letter?

A: Yes.

Q: Are commas not necessary to separate them: "The Raid on Alexandria was carried out on 19 December 1941"?

A: Yes.

Q: Are commas used: "Her daughter April may return in June 2009 for the reunion"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a comma used to set off quoted material that is the grammatical object of an active verb of speaking or writing?

A: Yes, as in Mr.

Q: Are commas always used to set off certain adverbs at the beginning of a sentence?

A: Yes, and including however, in fact, therefore, nevertheless, moreover, furthermore, and still.

Q: Are commas used when writing names that are presented surname first?

A: Yes, and generally in instances of alphabetization by surname: Smith, John.

Q: Are commas used as a field delimiter to separate arguments to a function?

A: Yes, and to separate elements in a list, and to perform data designation on multiple variables at once.