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Is the following punctuated correctly?

A. There is a bird that chirps outside my window, and, every morning during the spring, it wakes me before my alarm goes off.

I am wondering if the adverb phrase (“every morning during the spring”) must be set off by commas. Or could the following be correct?

B. There is a bird that chirps outside my window, and every morning during the spring it wakes me before my alarm goes off.

Thanks.

  • You should avoid putting a comma both before and after and. – Peter Shor Apr 27 '16 at 18:32
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You'll find that most style guides advise separating an introductory adverbial adjunct from its main clause, but you don't need a preceding comma. Surrounding such a construct with commas may mislead your reader into expecting an aside, as in:

There is a bird that chirps outside my window, and horrible to say, it wakes me before my alarm goes off.

  • So would you recommend punctuating it like this? There is a bird that chirps outside my window, and every morning during the spring, it wakes me before my alarm goes off. – matt3113 Apr 30 '16 at 19:02
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I would remove the comma after "and" and keep the comma before. The "and" is joining two separate clauses, and in my opinion is necessary:

"There is a bird that chirps outside my window, and every morning during the spring, it wakes me before my alarm goes off."

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    +1 [Saw that you'd popped past ELU today, nice to see you!] – Araucaria May 24 '16 at 10:59
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  • Glad to hear things are going well! – Araucaria May 24 '16 at 14:02
  • Gravity's Rainbow! Wow, you do have a lot of spare time! I've got a copy of that somewhere - but have never opened it. It's so big! – Araucaria May 24 '16 at 14:05

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