I have three sentences here, and I'm not sure of which one to use.


She walked home, and slept immediately after.


She walked home, and she slept immediately after.


She walked home and slept immediately after.

Thanks, I appreciate the help.

  • Use whichever you want. – user184130 Aug 16 '18 at 10:13
  • which is most right then? – a non-native speaker Aug 16 '18 at 10:24
  • Number 2 and 3 are both correct, 3 is the most natural, as noted in my answer. – Drazex Aug 16 '18 at 10:25
  • "Most right" depends on things like style or what you want to emphasise or personal preference ... – user184130 Aug 16 '18 at 10:30

Number 1 is incorrect. Number 3 is the most natural.

A simple comma rule for "and" is that if you say both subjects (even if they're the same), you need a comma. If you only have one subject, you shouldn't use a comma. For example:

I went home, and I ate ice cream.

I went home and ate ice cream.

Both are correct, though we'd probably use the second one because it's easier.

  • What is wrong with no 1? It seems OK to me... – user184130 Aug 16 '18 at 10:29
  • First one is incorrect? That means "and" can't be preceded by a comma? – Zebrafish Aug 16 '18 at 10:30
  • If "and" doesn't link two independent clauses (complete SVO) it should not use a comma, unless part of a list (and that one depends on your style guide). Random source: businessinsider.com/a-guide-to-proper-comma-use-2013-9 – Drazex Aug 16 '18 at 10:32
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    I've just read the Wikipedia article on commas about this. Are you sure this rule isn't based on each style guide? Wikipedia says some style guides prescribe that the comma be removed before the conjunction and dependent clause. – Zebrafish Aug 16 '18 at 11:13
  • @Zebrafish Yes, the dependent clause. Two independent clauses (I like cats. She likes dogs.) require a comma when connected (I like cats, and she likes dogs.). A dependent clause (because they're cute) does not require a comma unless it appears before the independent clause (I like cats because they are cute. -or- Because they are cute, I like cats.) – Drazex Aug 16 '18 at 11:20

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