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    Questions about a comma

    Here are some more sentences which I have written as an exercise on the use of a comma. Please, would you correct my mistakes.

    Talking about music, he was playing the guitar, and looking at her attentively.

    She was at the crossroads of her life, and did not know which way to take.

    He has spent decades building up his business which the earthquake destroyed in a few seconds. Some time after that, he has been almost killed a car crash which killed his aunt.

    The plane was first flying high, then, suddenly, probably because of the problem with its engine, it plummeted towards the ground.

    I read the paper, and my friend who is one year older than I, was reading the book.

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    Re: Questions about a comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Here are some more sentences which I have written as an exercise on the use of a comma. Please, would you correct my mistakes.

    Talking about music, he was playing the guitar, and looking at her attentively. Optional

    She was at the crossroads of her life, and did not know which way to take. Optional

    He had spent decades building up his business, which the earthquake destroyed in a few seconds.
    This example is a non-defining clause - requires a comma.

    Some time after that, he has been was almost killed in a car crash, which killed his aunt.
    This is an unusual sentence.
    This example is also a non-defining clause - requires a comma. Note: if you had written "in the car crash which killed his Aunt", that would be a defining clause - no comma.
    The plane was first flying high, then, suddenly, probably because of the problem with its engine, it plummeted towards the ground.
    Yes, this is correct.


    I read the paper, and my friend who is one year older than I, was reading the book.
    No second comma here between the subject and the verb.
    There's my opinions.

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    Re: Questions about a comma

    Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your help. Now I see that I must learn more about the grammar rules if I want to write English properly.

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