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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

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Mo-Tires was one of the very few cases that provide guidance for the Rogers comma case.
Similarly, one of the starnest edicts issued by modern usage pundits concerns the comma splice, in which a comma separates two independent clauses.
com/2013-03-07/news/37531757_1_fipb-air-asia-aviation-ministry-officials) report the presence of second comma rescued the 800 million rupees ($15 million) joint venture between AirAsia and Tatas as the Foreign Investment Promotion Board's (FIPB) meeting held Wednesday approved the deal, interpreting the sentence, by giving weight to the 'comma'.
In a cursory examination of college textbooks, I found numerous instances of clausal coordination with a coordinator, but no comma.
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A Comma is a Note of distinction, between words in the same Sentence, when there follows something depending on what went before; as, I am perswaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angles, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, shall be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Price 1665: 37).
Tutors asked, "When starting a sentence, what is the minimum number of words in the opening that would require a comma to follow?
Comma says that men are keen as ever to maintain their macho image, with a further 44 per cent preferring to risk injury by putting all their weight on a spanner to move it, and another six per cent kicking it before they ask for help.
We're taught that a comma is a "pause" in a sentence, but in the verbless obituary convention, commas can be very "final.
Comma believes the study, the most comprehensive to date on the issue, supports the theory that poor brake fluid could be responsible for thousands of serious accidents every year.
BUSH, A PERIOD AND A COMMA (The Japan Times, an English-language daily)