Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 620
    #1

    AND

    Hello,

    I would like to have your opinion about the following sentence:

    I wonder if must I write:

    First I give up, then I have a breakfast.

    Or

    First I give up, and then I have a breakfast.

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

    See you soon and the forum.




  1. buggles's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 3,987
    #2

    Re: AND

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to have your opinion about the following sentence:

    I wonder if must I write:

    First I give up, then I have a breakfast.

    Or

    First I give up, and then I have a breakfast.

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

    See you soon and the forum.



    To a native speaker, both are fine, but we wouldn't say a breakfast.

    (Do you actually mean "first I give up or did you mean to say, "First I get up...."?)

    It makes more sense to me if you meant....


    First I get up, then I have (my) breakfast. (The "my" is optional: it is fine to say, "First I get up, then I have breakfast.)

    It's just as acceptable to say, "First I get up and then I have (my) breakfast."
    However, notice we usually don't put a comma before "and".

    buggles (not a teacher)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 620
    #3

    Re: AND

    Hi again,

    Pardon, but I think my question is not very clear. In fact I would like to know if after the comma, grammaticaly we must write the conjunction 'and'.

    I am not sure we can omit the comma in this case.

    Thanks.

  2. buggles's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 3,987
    #4

    Re: AND

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi again,

    Pardon, but I think my question is not very clear. In fact I would like to know if after the comma, grammaticaly we must write the conjunction 'and'.

    I am not sure we can omit the comma in this case.

    Thanks.

    I was always taught that a comma should never precede "and", but should always precede "but".

    Maybe grammar has moved on since then. We really need the comment of a teacher.

  3. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,596
    #5

    Re: AND

    If you use the comma, you don't need "and"; if you use "and", you don't need the comma. Buggles is right about the "give up" and the "a" before "breakfast.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •