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    Default Punctuation Q

    Ex:

    Paul was hired as a general manager last fall, and still works as a general manager.


    Question:

    Should I be putting a comma before the conjuction in sentences like the above? (Academic/formal writing wise)
    I learned and still see that the grammar books indicate that you cannot put a comma there if the following is a phrase/does not have a subject.

    Is it because we treat the omitted subject "he" as existing grammatically and treat the second part as a full sentence?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Punctuation Q

    To avoid any confusion, make two sentences.

    Last fall,
    Paul was hired as a general manager. He is still a general manager.

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