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Should I add a comma in this sentence?

When are you leaving and how long are you going to stay there? It's from my English textbook. I remembered that If you want to connect two simple sentences into a compound sentence with "and&...
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Using "As" at beginning of a sentence

A company called Goodbrothers (for the sake of argument) wants to advertise its environmental credentials, using As Goodbrothers, we always pay attention to environmental concerns. In this context, ...
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Syntactically, are elements joined by a coordinating conjunction considered one unit?

When we join two nouns by a coordinating conjunction, we can say that this forms a noun phrase. This is evident, as it can be supplemented by an appositive (example below). Peter and Jane, a devote ...
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How to grammatically explain this sentence? [duplicate]

No compassion for the suffering or willingness to engage in dialogue with feminism. I know it can be paraphrased as: "[He] has neither compassion [for women's suffering], nor willingness to ...
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is the phrase "Leading To" a coordinating conjunction? [closed]

I read that it is a rule of thumb to use a comma before any coordinating conjunctions that link two independent clauses (I have issues with knowing when to add a comma). for example, I have the ...
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Commas Around a Disjunct After a Coordinating Conjunction? [duplicate]

Which punctuation is correct for this sentence? : "I took the dog to the park this morning and, of course, he needed a bath afterwards because he rolled in the mud." "I took the dog to the park this ...
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Question on the use of 'but'

I would like to ask a question about the use of the conjunction 'but' in a specific sentence. Before I ask the question, I shall provide some context (for otherwise this answer will be closed). ...
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Two 'and's in a title [duplicate]

I have written a paper which I have titled in the format Adjective1 and Adjective2 Noun1 and Noun2. Both adjectives modify only Noun1. The two nouns are inherently not related and the point of the ...
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Commas after a coordinating conjunction [duplicate]

I know that one puts a comma before a coordinating conjunction when there are two independent clauses. However, in the following sentence, when the phrase in non-essential, would one put a comma ...
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Is it ever grammatically correct to say "And you, my."

If it is acceptable to answer I love you. with And I you. which we could represent as: And I love you. Would it be acceptable to answer: You're my hero. with And you my. in other words: And ...
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'For' is a coordinating conjunction, but 'because' is a subordinating conjunction. Is that right? Can someone explain why?

He went to bed, for he was tired. (For = coordinating conjunction) He went to bed, because he was tired. (Because = subordinating conjunction) Is this correct? If so, I'm confused. In all the examples ...
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Question about parallel structures

One of the tasks that we have to do on PTE exam is to paraphrase a writtent text. I have prepared a template for myslef which is While the impacts of N and N such as N and N are important, the effects ...
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"I think therefore I am" parataxis?

Is the sentence "I think therefore I am" a case of parataxis (joining sentences without a conjunction)?
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Does a coordinate clause include a coordinator (/coordinating conjunction)?

Does a coordinate clause include a coordinator (/coordinating conjunction)? For example: "It was apple-blossom time, and the days were getting warmer." Is "and the days were getting ...
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A series of 4 elements, which can be considered as 2 series of 2 elements

Below is a sentence from the manual about naming files that I'm working on. Avoid including words that are clear from the parent path (2011), the file type (presentation), are obvious for some other ...
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Is it possible to have an interrogative after an imperative connected with coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence?

I know rephrasing, using semicolon, or just splitting it into two sentences are probably the possible options here (the best choice, however, is my side question). Consider the following as examples: ...
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How to determine whether "and" or "or" is correct when listing excluded entities?

As an example, a road sign might say: No trucks and buses Or perhaps: No trucks or buses Which one is correct and why?
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How are multiple properties of the same thing properly described?

I am sorry but I could not come up with a better way of describing what I am trying to achieve in this sentence: As such, their creation should follow a rationale and their interpretation be ...
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Are "Yet" and "However" synonymous?

It is quite common to use "yet" and "however" in contrastive constructions, but l am not certain if they have the same sense. John failed. Yet, he's tried his best. John failed. ...
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Coordinating conjunctions between different pairs that are close to each other

I'd like to write a sentence with the following "logical structure": I ' can ,-----------'-------------, ...
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double and's in list and commas

I would like to know if the following sentence is correctly written. The reason I am asking is that I write in British English so do not put a comma before 'and' (that comes before the last item) in a ...
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Which is the correct usage of "and" in American English in this example? [duplicate]

Scenario 1 A series of unfortunate events has led Makoto "Edamame" Edamura to adopt the life of crime—pickpocketing and scamming others for a living. However, after swindling a seemingly ...
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Using an present-participle verb as conjunction?

Seeking feedback on the validity of this sentence, which tries to use the present-participle "helping" as a kind of conjunction: (company name) is the best marketing platform helping teams ...
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Improper placement of a comma

Consider the following sentence, "Skye will become a doctor, and a priest if he finishes theology school." My understanding is that the comma before the "and" does not follow the ...
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Is ";so," an acceptable grammar structure?

For a while, I've been using "so" with a semicolon. For example, I would say, "I like bugs; so, I went to the bug convention happily." I've always thought of the semicolon as a ...
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Is the distinction between "complex sentences" and "compound sentences" real? Is the distinction purely a matter of personal taste?

I am not cheating on my homework. In fact, I no longer have homework; I graduated from college years ago. If you read the entire discussion below, and not just the begining, that should become ...
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"There was/were my brother and two sisters?

"There was [or were?] my brother and two sisters, hugging and tears streaming." I've come across a sentence while editing, and I don't know whether to use "was" or "were." The object of the "be"-verb ...
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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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Coordinating privilege as a verb

Simple question, I'm sure, but I'm having trouble finding an answer. I'm writing a methodology and want to say "I will privilege [this theory] over [another]." I can't find any instances of the ...
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Comma before and is always necessary?

The most drastic, and thoroughly illegal, reaction has been the emergence of Sci-Hub, a kind of global photocopier for scientific papers, set up in 2012 by a Khazak graduate student, which now claims ...
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Coordinating conjunction for connecting list items

In compliance with the Oxford comma when listing three or more items a comma is used between the items and before and. What if in a list of three items two of them have a word in common (edge ...
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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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What is the best way to word a description of a dinner special with options [closed]

My family recently ordered takeout from a local restaurant. My brother, father and I ordered the dinner special. This special included five side dishes, three of which were determined by the ...
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Use of ampersands for nested conjunctions

Consider the sentence: "The zoo contained giraffes, white & black rhinos, and Indian & African elephants." Here ampersands are used for the inner conjunctions, but not the outer level. Is ...
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Distribution of auxiliary verb over infinitives

I have a doubt regarding the use of auxiliary verb. When we use an auxiliary verb in a sentence , and suppose it does two tasks and we join them using ,say, 'and' , Is there a need for us to repeat ...
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What are the criteria for allowing repeated bare NPs in coordinate structures?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Pages 409-410): 8.5 Restricted non-referential interpretations of bare NPs [...] This time, however, our concern is with bare NPs. We confine our ...
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Can a sentence start with "just so I/he/she/you/they can"?

I did the standard Google search and I checked Merriam-Webster. I found questions about starting a sentence with conjunctions such as "and" or "but". No joy for "just so [pronoun] can [verb]." Looking ...
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Is "since" necessary in the sentence? "Never speak harsh words, since once spoken they may return to you." [closed]

I got this sentence from my English class. Some said 'since' can be omitted.
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How to understand "and" here [duplicate]

I come across following statement: Enabling this behaviour may reduce performance and increase stream state requirements in streaming mode. I am confused with "reduce performance" is in parallel ...
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Comma before conjunction [duplicate]

"As I saw it, the relationship between a typical African and his dog is one of tangible mutualism. I say tangible because the African sees himself as the dominant creature not to be bothered by the ...
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"Though I recruited him, I do not like him." versus "Though I do not like him, I recruited him."

Is there a difference between Though I recruited him, I do not like him. and Though I do not like him, I recruited him. I always wondered if with subordinate conjunctions, the place "though", "...
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What's the proper grammar for "My and my roommate's home..."?

What's the proper grammar for "My and my roommate's home..." The rule I learned is it should still be grammatically correct after removing the second part. E.g. after removing "and my roommate's", "...
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Should there be a comma before “so” in the following sentence?

Consider the following sentence. JS-- is an optimizing compiler for the good parts of JavaScript, which helps programmers write efficient and type-safe code so they can develop better quality ...
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The use of conjunction "and" to avoid repetition

I apologize if my question seems trivial for people who study literature and English language in depth. My question is basically related to the following statements: The existence of X The ...
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When to use "And" at the start of sentence? [duplicate]

I know that and is used to join two sentences or phrases. There are some places I've read that have And is used at the beginning of a sentence. What are the occasions when this is done?
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Does 'Then' after 'And' require a comma?

I was writing a compound sentence, that required a 'Then' after the coordinating conjunction. I was wondering if the 'Then' needed a comma before and after it, such as thus: "It is best to review ...
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Who is lost in thought in "I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, but sat lost in thought..."? [closed]

I'd like someone to clear up the sentence that seems ambiguous to me. It's from "The problem of the Thor Bridge" by Conan Doyle. I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, ...
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"And" vs "Or" in a list with a negative modifier

If a given set of instructions says, for example: Failure to complete assignments A, B, and C will result in punishment. Does that indicate that failure to do all of those assignments and only all ...
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Nonrestrictive Clauses and Coordinating conjunction separating two independent clauses

Quick, not so simple question. I know that, if you join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (like "and"), you need a comma before the coordinating conjunction. For example: I ...
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Comma or no in a two item list where those items are phrases

I am editing some copy, and I'm not sure how to handle these examples. Here is the structure that concerns me: As a consequence of the magic curse, the cakes dance the salsa[,] and the birds eat ...
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