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    He has been looking for work ever since he came out of prison for drink and drug-related offences, and is struggling to support his wife and child.

    Why is it necessary to have the comma in the above ?

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    Because he was not sent to prison for struggling to support his wife and child.

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    My English is not enough to understand your answer.

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    Re: Comma

    We can rewrite without the comma.

    He has been looking for work ever since he came out of prison for drink and drug-related offences and is struggling to support his wife and child.

    Does the above mean that they sent him to prison for struggling to support his wife and child?

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    Re: Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    We can rewrite without the comma.

    He has been looking for work ever since he came out of prison for drink and drug-related offences and is struggling to support his wife and child.

    Does the above mean that they sent him to prison for struggling to support his wife and child?
    No. However, I'd still use a comma to mark a natural slight break between two different ideas.

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    Re: Comma

    If, as seems likely, the offences were drink-related and/or drug-related, you need an extra hyphen:

    '...since he came out of prison for drink- and drug-related offences...'

    Rover

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