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It's true that the string of phrases makes the passage a bit cumbersome. At first I was thinking that it was possible to mistakenly pair "understanding" with "releasing": ... a group responsible for [releasing and investigating] while understanding... Ultimately, that mistake is prevented because of the number of a pronoun: ... ...


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(This old question was bumped today, and I see no very good answers, so I'm providing an answer now. I hope that it's useful.) The coordinating conjunction "or" connects two noun phrases: "the same day" and "the same way".* Therefore, no comma is necessary. However, the second of two conjuncts may (along with the coordinating ...


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This is my understanding of the difference: When the ‘so’ in a sentence between two independent clauses could otherwise be replaced with ‘so that’ or ‘in order to’ (identifying a closely-linked causal relationship) then it is doing the job of a subordinator: “She creamed the butter with the sugar so (that) the batter would be well-blended and smooth.” But ...


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