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    comma usage

    Hello everyone.

    Take a look at the following sentence please:

    "I hate to watch TV, and play videogame."

    Do I need to put a comma after "TV"?

    I would appreciate a detailed answer.... Thanks.

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    Re: comma usage

    Do you hate both watching TV and playing video games? Or do you hate to watch TV, so you instead play video games?

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    Re: comma usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley Pessoti View Post
    Hello everyone.

    Take a look at the following sentence please:

    "I hate to watch TV, and play videogame."

    Do I need to put a comma after "TV"?

    I would appreciate a detailed answer.... Thanks.


    NOT A TEACHER


    DEAR FELLOW MEMBER MR. PESSOTI:


    (1) If you dislike both TV and videogames, it might be

    better to write it this way:

    I hate to watch TV and to play videogames.

    (No comma should be used. For example, neither would

    you use a comma in: I hate television and videogames.)


    Respectfully yours,


    James


    P.S. You asked for a detailed answer, so may I add these notes:

    (a) "to watch TV" and "to play videogames" are infinitive

    phrases being used as the objects of "hate." (Just as "television"

    and "videogames" are nouns being used as objects of "hate.")

    (b) It is true that it is not always necessary to repeat the "to."

    I think that it is correct to say:

    "I hate to watch TV and play videogames."

    But I think that using the second "to" gives better "balance" to

    your statement.

    Sometimes native speakers do not use the second "to." If

    you are invited to someone's dinner party, you might eat and

    then tell your hostess that you have to leave right away:

    "I hate to eat and run, but I have an important appointment."

    It just sounds better. Furthermore, maybe "eat and run" is a

    familiar combination. I do not think that "watch TV and play

    videogames" is such a familiar combination.


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    Re: comma usage

    ***** Welcome to usingenglish.com. Kindly remember that

    if a teacher gives you another answer, you should consider the

    teacher's answer as the correct answer.
    Your advice is usually very good, James, but your commendable humility is misplaced, and the above recommendation would have been better left unsaid as it is not always true.

    Teachers often disagree and sometimes make mistakes.

    Teachers of English who are not native speakers often give misleading or incorrect answers.

    Rover

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