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    wowenglish1 is offline Senior Member
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    Default comma/gerund?

    I have two questions
    Jon has a wide range of experience, having worked in all areas of the firm.
    1. I wonder why comma is used.
    2. If "having" is "gerund", I wonder why "gerund" is used.

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    Default Re: comma/gerund?

    1. Comma is used because "Jon has a wide range of experience" is a good sentence itself and could stand alone. I am not very good in comma usage, so you'd better wait for confirmation.
    2. It is not a gerund. "Having worked" is a past adverbial participle here (at least that's the name the analogous form has in Polish).
    Here is a more typical example of it:
    Having eaten his breakfast he started working in the garden.
    It means:
    After he ate his breakfast he started working in the garden.
    I'm not sure if I should use a comma here.

    I'm not a teacher.

    PS: Maybe your confusion was caused by the fact that the adverbial participles are called gerunds in most of the Romance languages.

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