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    #1

    Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    Iím hungry, as I haven't eaten.
    Iím hungry, for I haven't eaten.

    Is the comma after "hungry" optional in both sentences?

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    #2

    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    I think it's needed in the second.

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    #3

    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I’m hungry, as I haven't eaten.
    I’m hungry, for I haven't eaten.

    Is the comma after "hungry" optional in both sentences?

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    I would use a comma in both.

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    #4

    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    I would just note that "I ..., for I ... " is a rather old-fashioned construction in the U.S.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would just note that "I ..., for I ... " is a rather old-fashioned construction in the U.S.
    I agree. What do you think about the commas, Barb? I would use them to stop a reader from stumbling over the construction, expecting perhaps "I'm hungry as (a horse)" and "I'm hungry for (a cheeseburger)".

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    #6

    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    I would use the comma.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would use the comma.
    I thought so.

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    #8

    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would just note that "I ..., for I ... " is a rather old-fashioned construction in the U.S.
    And in the UK.

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    Re: Iím hungry, as/for I haven't eaten.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    And in the UK.
    It is, which is why the comma seems more necessary. I'd use it in the first, but wouldn't worry if it were omitted.

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