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    Imperative Sentences and Comma Rules

    1. Do I need to put a comma between two imperative sentences?

    Ex. Take the water, and drink it when you are thristy.

    2. If yes, then are imperative sentences treated as independent sentences?

    3. How does the comma rules apply in the following case?

    Case: Wear a red hat so I know it's you.

    Do I need a comma before "so"?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Imperative Sentences and Comma Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    1. Do I need to put a comma between two imperative sentences?

    Ex. Take the water, and drink it when you are thristy.
    The comma is correct. Two non-finite clauses are joined by the coordinating conjunction 'and'.



    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    2. How does the comma rules apply in the following case?

    Case: Wear a red hat so I know it's you.

    Do I need a comma before "so"?

    Thanks in advance.
    'so' may function either as a coordinating conjunction or as a subordinator. When it introduces a clause that answers the question 'Why?', it links an dependent clause with a main clause. When it shows a consequence, it connects two independent clauses.

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    Re: Imperative Sentences and Comma Rules

    I am getting mixed signals on this one.
    Anybody else wanna take on 1 and 2?

    I can see that as for 3, there is no comma necessary since both parts are essential.


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    Re: Imperative Sentences and Comma Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    Case: Wear a red hat so I know it's you.

    Do I need a comma before "so"?.
    No. 'so' in this sentence is a subordinator that introduces an adverbial purpose clause.

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