2

I'm not sure if the comma before the word "and" is properly used in the sentence below this paragraph. I believe a comma is not needed because the second clause is a subordinate clause, but I am not completely sure. I'm trying to improve my grammar and would appreciate any help or advice. Thank you.

"Your country's moral superiority is a scam, and has been exposed as what it is numerous times".

  • Yes. It's needed for the literary effect in the place. – Kris Aug 12 '15 at 6:37
  • Would the sentence be correct If "it" is placed before "and": "Your country's moral superiority is a scam, and it has been exposed as what it is numerous times" – Victor Aug 12 '15 at 6:45
1

You don't have a second clause conjoined with "and" to the first. You have a two-part compound predicate:

(is a scam)1 and (has been exposed)2.

Ordinarily, commas do not separate the two parts of a compound, but leaving out the comma will leave you with a problem of style, what Steven Pinker calls a garden path -- a construct that will mislead the reader, who will see

Your country's moral superiority is a scam and ....

and may expect the second part of a two-part compound object:

Your country's moral superiority is (a scam)1 and (an outrage)2....

instead of the second part of a compound verb. Leaving in the comma is one choice. Another is to rephrase to get around the problem:

Your country's moral superiority is a scam that has been exposed for what it is numerous times".

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.