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I have a question concerning the usage of comma. Based on Chicago Manual of style:6.32“And if,” “that if,” and the like
When two conjunctions appear next to each other (e.g., and if, but if), they need not be separated by a comma.
Since the connotation of "need not" is not equivalent to that of "forbidden," can I leave the comma in between "and" and "if" (and, if...)?
Thanks for your attention!
Think I read somewhere stating that the usage of "and, if..." is kosher if what follows the "and" is a conditional statement with the "if" part the conditional clause?
Take your example for instance...
- conditional clause: if she has
- main clause: I will appoint her
Am I getting the idea correctly and is this the only condition where a comma can come between "and" and "if"?