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    Default need help when/when not to place a comma.

    Hi, I am taking a test which called TASP on Friday(5/14) and it invlolves writing and sentence skills. So I was wondering if you guys could help me on puctuations issue. Here is my question.


    When do I place a ", (comma)" before the word "and" and "or" and when do I do not need to.

    Sorry if I confused you guys...

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    In a list the comma before 'and' is optional. At other times, I put one in if the part of the sentnce beginning with 'and'/'or' seems less important than the rest. If the two are of equal importance I don't use a comma. It's often a matter of taste.

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    so it doesn't really matter if you put one or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chizu
    so it doesn't really matter if you put one or not?
    There is really no general agreement on the subject, but some individuals have strong opinions. I prefer to use the comma before the coordinating conjunction in a series. There are times when leaving it out causes confusion. There are many who disagree with me, however. :wink:

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