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"I have completed my homework, and have nothing to do now."

Placing the comma before 'and' would be incorrect since the second clause is dependent and therefore doesn't require a comma, right? I was just wondering what this mistake would be called in technical terms or if it's just called a misuse of a comma.

  • I would call it mispunctuation. – user140086 Nov 3 '16 at 19:18
  • With a heavy independent clause before the 'and', where a pause might be welcome before 'and have nothing to do now', I'd probably brave the flak and add a comma. Or an ellipsis. Or perhaps rewrite. // This comes under the title of 'comma usage and compound predicates'; see this article at the APA style blog](blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2013/09/…). They endorse your 'rule', giving the logic behind it: 'This comma adds a pause that creates distance between the subject and the predicate, so you should not include a comma in this case'. But I might ... – Edwin Ashworth Nov 3 '16 at 19:37
  • desire to distance the second statement from the first, giving contrast or adding a dramatic pause for thought. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 3 '16 at 19:41

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