My question is if there is a comma in the following sentence sample. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer me to a specific rule in an online punctuation guide, so that I can understand the punctuation logic better.
They may entertain their families and friends as well as a couple of unfamiliar people.
Should there be a comma before 'as well as'.
If you had an even simpler sentence, such as "I bought apples and pears as well as oranges," would you use a comma in this list?
If anyone can refer me to an online grammar and punctuation guide which explains the option to use a comma in this case, I will greatly appreciate it.
Given that bhaisahab's answer shows that there is no "rule" - some people would use a comma and some wouldn't, and context is important - you're not going to find it in a guide book.
Is there a reason that you need an online punctuation and grammar guide to advise you, if you are receiving the answers you need on this forum?
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.
I do not know how to link. I apologize.
Please go to Google. Then type in these words:
As well as Comma Grammar Rules
That website should be the second result on the page. It is an excellent one-page summary of the rules. Thanks for asking
this question. I learned a lot.
P.S. IF (!) I understood those rules in that one-page article, neither of your sentences needs a comma.