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I think you have mixed two constructions—neither ... nor and a compound infinitive—by using parts of each. The compound infinitive has dropped out of sight because of a faulty parallelism. Does this seem more clear? "They managed to neither go to the gallery nor take a trip to the shore because John can't stand heat." With the compound infinitive ...


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Yes, they are grammatical. The first sentence is not a comma splice, because it is instead two independent clauses joined by a conjunction.


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There were things strewn on the floor which the child could have put in his mouth. Your example is simply poor English - with or without a comma. It should read: There were things, which the child could have put in his mouth, strewn on the floor. or There were things that the child could have put in his mouth strewn on the floor. or Strewn on the floor were ...


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It is optional. You don't have to, but you could (i.e. use a comma). Punctuation depends heavily on intonation, inflection, and all the test of it. If there's a long enough pause after a word, the rule of thumb is a comma might be advisable to indicate it.


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If you follow the convention that is commoner in American English, which I suggest you do, defining clauses are linked by the relative pronoun “that”, which is never preceded by a comma, and descriptive clauses are linked by the relative pronouns “which” and “who”; “which” and “who” are always preceded by a comma and their clauses end with a comma (or full ...


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Call me crazy, but I think that there is too much "loosy-goosey" and "do it your way" creeping in to English print usage. Since the 1980's, newspapers have led the march on providing really terrible examples of English in print. Fortunately, I find that book editors have held the line. Doesn't there need to be a compendium of Standard ...


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The listing comma : used to separate items in a list (","="and" or "or") I need A, B and C. (British style) I need A, B(,) and C. (American style: the last comma here is optional) ※ The commas can be used for adjectives, phrases and full sentences. The joining comma : used to join two complete sentences with a linking word We ...


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David Becker, in the APA Style Blog {2013} clearly addresses this, giving contextual detail: Comma Usage and Compound Predicates [A] sentence has two major components — the subject and the predicate: ... Ritija scratched the cat’s head. Some sentences contain a compound predicate. A compound predicate says two or more things about the subject. A common ...


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Origin : While I would love to do A, I cannot wait to do B. "While~do A" is an adverbial clause(an adverbial clause is also an adverb). I cannot wait to do B while I would love to do A. We removed the comma. It looks more easy now. But you should remind that "while clause" almost always(as I know) is closely related with main clause so ...


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It wouldn't be "correct" in formal English, but in fiction or poetry it would be fine, if it's reasonably consistent in with the style in the rest of the piece. Ie, it's a stylistic choice.


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I am a native EL speaker, but struggle with commas. I remember being taught - at school - that they are just used as a pause when it is natural to pause. This I did not understand (slow sentences contain many "pauses" when we stress time syllables). Be sure that a comma adds clarity. Usually, I use commas either to join independent clauses (avoid ...


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The first version has at least three meanings: John found the body; John did the murder; someone found Mr S murdered and lying at the side of John (we don't know if John was dead too, or merely lying there). The second simply means that the murdered body was found and that John did the murder.


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The two commas before "in essence" and after "readers" bracket a clause and can be justified as such. Reddit (in essence an outlet for writers, poets and readers) has emerged as one of the leading hubs for creative expression. If you remove one of those two you should remove the other and that would probably less clear than leaving them ...


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I would put commas before and after the phrase 'in essence' because I realize that this way would help emphasize more on the proper noun 'Reddit'.


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