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    ...and the child will recognise the parentís voice and come running and call back.

    Hi, is it possible to use commas when listing actions with the word 'and'?

    "The mother will call when she comes into the house, and the child will recognise the parent’s voice and come running and call back."

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Thank you!

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    Re: ...and the child will recognise the parentís voice and come running and call back

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliebelly View Post
    Hi, is it possible to use commas when listing actions with the word 'and'?

    "The mother will call when she comes into the house, and the child will recognise the parent’s voice and come running and call back."

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Thank you!
    That's a lot of repetition of "and", you're right. You could try:

    The mother will call when she comes into the house, then the child will recognise the parent's voice, come running and call back.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...and the child will recognise the parentís voice and come running and call back

    Thanks for your answer! Your suggestion is so much better.

    But out of curiosity, if I wanted to keep the ands in the sentence and just change the use of punctuation (if needed), would I need to place any commas in the sentence? Or does it read OK as it stands?

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    Re: ...and the child will recognise the parentís voice and come running and call back

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliebelly View Post
    Thanks for your answer! Your suggestion is so much better.

    But out of curiosity, if I wanted to keep the ands in the sentence and just change the use of punctuation (if needed), would I need to place any commas in the sentence? Or does it read OK as it stands?
    It doesn't need any more punctuation, but it's an awkward sentence. Why would you want to keep all the "and"s, emsr2d2's sentence is much better.

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