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    Question Punctuation "as well as"

    Hi,
    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.

    The sentence:
    They may entertain their families and friends as well as a couple of unfamiliar people.

    My question:
    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?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Punctuation "as well as"

    Quote Originally Posted by SilviaLM View Post
    Hi,
    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.

    The sentence:
    They may entertain their families and friends as well as a couple of unfamiliar people.

    My question:
    Should there be a comma before 'as well as'. I would use one, some wouldn't.


    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? It depends on the context.

    Thank you!
    Bhai.

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    Re: Punctuation "as well as"

    Thanks, bhaisahab.



    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.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Punctuation "as well as"

    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 - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Punctuation "as well as"

    Quote Originally Posted by SilviaLM View Post
    I would greatly appreciate it if you refer me to a specific rule in an online punctuation guide
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    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.


    James

    P.S. IF (!) I understood those rules in that one-page article, neither of your sentences needs a comma.

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