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i am confused about the usage of conjunction
1)I crossed the threshold, spoke quickly to the nurse, scanned her chart noting she was in stable condition.
my question is that is it proper to add "and" in front of "scanned her chart"?
it is because there is no conjunction to bond between two clause, we should add a conjunction to connect them.
thanks a lot
(Not a teacher)
You don't need a conjunction to join them because it's a different clause; more because it is the last action in a series of actions. The first two clauses are fine without a conjunction, but yes, you need 'and' before the last.
What I mean is that you could have kept listing actions with no conjunctions being needed until the last one:
I crossed the threshold, spoke quickly to the nurse, scanned her chart noting she was in stable condition, went to her bed, spoke to the patient, asked how she was doing, gave her a brief examination, and finally decided she should be discharged
You could go on ad infinitum, as long as the last was summed up with a conjunction. At least, I think so?
Your presumption is perfectly correct. A comma is used to separate the elements in a series (three or more things), including the last one which is joined by a coordinating conjunction (such as: and, but, or etc.) Your sentence is a fine example satisfying this rule. It is often opined that the comma before the "and" is unnecessary but it is always advisable have it. This last comma—the one between the word "and" and the preceding word—is often called the serial comma.
Last edited by sarat_106; 02-Jan-2010 at 03:46.