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Is a comma before a conjunction optional, or old? (not talking about lists) [duplicate]

I have been corrected several times recently for putting a comma before a conjunction in a sentence (splitting phrases, not items in a list). To each their own style guide, but my understanding was ...
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When can a comma be used before the word 'and'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use a comma before “and” or “or”? Is it appropriate and/or advisable to use a comma before 'and' in some situations?
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Using a comma before “but”

I was once told by an English professor that a comma should never be used before but in a sentence. For years, I have followed her advice but sometimes I just feel like it just needs to be there. On ...
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When to use a comma before “and”

I often see people on the Internet using a comma before and in many cases (not adversative cases). Is it ok? In my language it is stricly prohibited to use a comma before an and except for adversative ...
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Comma before “and” which is being used after a list of items containing other and/s [duplicate]

I am confused about whether one should put a comma before an "and" which is being used after a list of items containing at least one other "and". I don't use the Oxford comma, and I feel it's not ...
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Comma before 'and am' [closed]

Why is there a comma after sickness. The second part of this sentence is a dependent clause. Therefore, shouldn't the comma before 'and' be ommitted? "I don't know a fig about my sickness, and am ...
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How do you punctuate a sentence that uses the word “or” multiple times in one list?

I am editing someone's work and am not sure how to punctuate the following sentence. The list uses the word "or" multiple times for drama. Option 1: They wanted money or a watch or a camera or some ...
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Is the comma between “question” and “so” needed? If so, why?

I have come across this problem numerous times. I am unsure of why a comma is needed in phrases such as the one below — between the words "question" and "so." Our goal is to have the best answers to ...
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Which of these following sentences are grammatically correct? [closed]

For instance, don't exchange presents at work, or talk about your evening out. For instance, don't exchange presents at work or talk about your evening out.
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Why do psychology researchers frequently misplace commas, in relationship to coordinating conjunctions? [closed]

If a comma belongs next to a coordinating conjunction, it should precede (see Should I use a comma before "and" or "or"?, https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/...