Commas in Compound Sentences: Being Outmoded?

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Re: Commas in Compound Sentences: Being Outmoded?

Post by Noraine Alissa Poria » 07 Oct 2018, 01:56

I am really confused how to add comma in compound/complex sentence. I am not really good with grammar but I badly want to learn how to write better review.

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Post by jgraney8 » 08 Oct 2018, 21:19

mrswoodlee wrote:
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Has anyone else noticed this? Is the compound sentence comma being outmoded? I hope not, as I think it adds clarity in many cases, just as the Oxford comma does.
I have noticed this in the book I am reading for review. The author seems to randomly use commas in compound sentences and not use commas in other compound sentences.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 09 Oct 2018, 07:01

jgraney8 wrote:
08 Oct 2018, 21:19
mrswoodlee wrote:
29 May 2018, 11:05

Has anyone else noticed this? Is the compound sentence comma being outmoded? I hope not, as I think it adds clarity in many cases, just as the Oxford comma does.
I have noticed this in the book I am reading for review. The author seems to randomly use commas in compound sentences and not use commas in other compound sentences.
Not all compound sentences warrant a comma. If the two clauses are both independent, a comma is necessary. If one clause is dependent, then a comma cannot be used.
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Post by jgraney8 » 09 Oct 2018, 19:53

CatInTheHat wrote:
09 Oct 2018, 07:01
jgraney8 wrote:
08 Oct 2018, 21:19
mrswoodlee wrote:
29 May 2018, 11:05

Not all compound sentences warrant a comma. If the two clauses are both independent, a comma is necessary. If one clause is dependent, then a comma cannot be used.
A sentence with a dependent clause and an independent clause is a complex sentence.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 09 Oct 2018, 20:15

Commas are used for a variety of reasons, and they are not outmoded in complex sentences. They just need to be used correctly. I was taught this in high school in the 70s, college in the 80s, and my children have been taught this way more recently.
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Post by uchbaba » 11 Oct 2018, 06:04

not really commas in compound sentences is still being use and from an observation it makes reading and writting even more interested, anyway it depend on the method or mode of write up or writting.

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Post by Eva Darrington » 11 Oct 2018, 17:08

Noraine Alissa Poria wrote:
07 Oct 2018, 01:56
I am really confused how to add comma in compound/complex sentence. I am not really good with grammar but I badly want to learn how to write better review.
Here is a link to some good rules for commas. https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp
Hope it helps.
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