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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 with a conjunction to separate long phrases [duplicate]

Every guide I've looked up says you should not use a comma along with a conjunction that joins phrases. However, this rule often seems to be broken for longer phrases. For example, every major Bible ...
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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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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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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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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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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/...
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Comma in coordinating conjunction that includes an if-clause

On the basis of this Q&A, I understand that my example sentence is a coordinating conjunction; however, I can't seem to figure out the relationship between the first clause, and the if-clause. ...
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Can we use a comma before "and" if it precedes a dependent clause?

Here is an example from Longman dictionary, We are new to the London area, and would like to eat in restaurants or visit pubs with others. My question is that since the second clause "would like ...
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