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    Default Comma usage

    Here is the paragraph in question:

    'It means a lot to have you here by my side, encouraging me through every step, and believing in everything I do. Now it finally paid off and you don't have to hear me say, "I have to study!" anymore!'

    Is a comma needed after the word "now" or before the word "and" to make the sentence grammatically correct?

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    Default Re: Comma usage

    You don't need a comma after "Now," unless you want your reader to pause.

    The one before "and" is a style choice. I just about always use the serial or Oxford comma, as it's called, to separate the next-to-last element in a list from the last. The longer the elements in the list, the more I think it's advisable. But you will be correct either way.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Comma usage

    Yes, (pause) you should put a comma after now. When saying thank you for acts in the past, you want to kind of take a step back, take a breathe, and say "phew" now it's over. That's what I get from that statement.

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    Default Re: Comma usage

    Quote Originally Posted by nygs View Post
    Yes, (pause) you should put a comma after now. When saying thank you for acts in the past, you want to kind of take a step back, take a breathe, and say "phew" now it's over. That's what I get from that statement.
    Does everyone have to feel that way? I think your statement would read better if you said could put a comma rather than should.

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    Default Re: Comma usage

    [QUOTE=mrsnygren;830938]

    'It means a lot to have you here by my side, encouraging me through every step, and believing in everything I do. Now it finally paid off and you don't have to hear me say, "I have to study!" anymore!'


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I think that many writing teachers tell us that in modern English, we should have

    sentences that flow as smoothly as possible and that are not cluttered with

    unnecessary punctuation.

    (a) Thus, I suggest that you remove two of the commas.

    It means a lot to have you here by my side, encouraging me through every

    step and believing in everything that I do. Now it finally paid off and you don't have

    to hear me say "I have to study!" anymore.

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