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- Comma — a punctuation error? 1 answer
I saw a lot - I mean really a lot - of people putting a comma between verbs or verb phrases in their writings e.g.
The house was colored in brown when it was built by my father in 1920, and had a tall Zelkova tree in its front yard.
even native speakers often make same mistakes. As far as I know, if I want to keep the comma sentence should be as follows:
The house was colored in brown when it was built by my father in 1920, and it had a big Zelkova tree in its front yard.
Or should take out the comma.
Am I missing something or wrong? there are so many people making same punctuation errors that I feel I am wrong. I checked the Purdue OWL, and I am pretty sure it says such comma usage is wrong.
(Ref) https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/607/ Comma abuse > #13