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    Conjunctions "and" and "or" and commas

    I can't see this specific issue being aired previously though there are threads which which deal with separate clauses.

    Can you help with this sentence from Britain's Daily Mail

    "Although in many cases neither men nor women reported injury or emotional effects, about one in ten in both genders had suffered bleeding or broken bones, and three per cent of men and two per cent of women had later attempted suicide"

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    I think there should be a comma after "bleeding" above; otherwise, you might think that bones could be bleeding or broken.
    What do you think?

    I wonder if the comma after "bones" and before "and" is required, or would you say that because this is a separate clause, a comma is appropriate before the "and"?

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    Re: Conjunctions "and" and "or" and commas

    The sentence is correctly punctuated in my opinion.

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    Re: Conjunctions "and" and "or" and commas

    A native speaker would have no trouble reading "had suffered bleeding or broken bones" the way it was meant. 'Bleeding' is a gerund and 'broken' is a participial adjective. 'Bleeding' is common enough as a noun that most people wouldn't even think of this issue.


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    Re: Conjunctions "and" and "or" and commas

    I think it's fine, but you could add the comma after bleeding if you like IMO.

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