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    Use of Comma

    Hello,

    Can someone tell me which of the following sentences is correct? The main difference is one has a comma before the word "but," while the other one does not. I think the 2nd one is more accurate, because an independent clause should be placed after the word "but," if a comma was placed before it. Thanks in advance!

    1)
    the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system.

    2)
    the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system.

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    Re: Use of Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by metallicfacez View Post
    Hello,

    Can someone tell me which of the following sentences is correct? The main difference is one has a comma before the word "but," while the other one does not. I think the 2nd one is more accurate, because an independent clause should be placed after the word "but," if a comma was placed before it. Thanks in advance!

    1)
    the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system.

    2)
    the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system.
    I favor the first sentence, but there is as far as I know no hard and fast rule for it. The comma brings a pause that lets the eye see that another independent clause is coming.

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    Re: Use of Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by metallicfacez View Post
    Hello,

    Can someone tell me which of the following sentences is correct? The main difference is one has a comma before the word "but," while the other one does not. I think the 2nd one is more accurate, because an independent clause should be placed after the word "but," if a comma was placed before it. Thanks in advance!

    1)
    the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system.

    2)
    the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system.
    1) The earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to have begun as a separate and distinct symbolic system.
    The comma is correct but there is a tense problem in your sentence, as well as a lack of a capital "t", both of which I have corrected above.

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