Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Sinhalese
      • Home Country:
      • Sri Lanka
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Apr 2016
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    Correct usage of the comma and the conjunction

    Hello All

    Is the use of the comma and the conjunction in the sentence given below correct? This was given in the book - Key Grammar Book 3 by Alan Etherton.
    "We destroyed most of the weeds, and the remaining plants had a better chance of survival"
    It says that the comma has to be used after the word "weeds" to give the correct meaning. I think "so that" is more appropriate to use than the "comma" and "and". Is this right?

    Further, I feel that even in the other examples given, some of the commas are not necessary.

    Regards
    Siri

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 1,741
    #2

    Re: Correct usage of the comma and the conjunction

    Yes, the comma is correct but it doesn't affect the meaning of the sentence. It just breaks up the sentence in order to make it easier to read.

    Your choice of so that would also make a very clear sensible sentence.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,332
    #3

    Re: Correct usage of the comma and the conjunction

    NOT A TEACHER


    Great question, Siri:

    Kindly read these two sentences out loud a few times.

    1. "John and Mary enjoyed the performance and applauded it wildly."
    2. "John and Mary enjoyed the performance [,] and they applauded it wildly."

    In the opinion of one expert, #2 distributes [my emphasis] the meaning more emphatically [my emphasis] ... and in addition builds a little toward climax [my emphasis]."

    I interpret his use of "climax" to mean that the writer in #2 wanted to delay telling you that they "applauded wildly." In #1, the "applauding wildly" comes too soon.

    *****

    Let's look at your sentences.

    3. "We destroyed the weeds so that the remaining plants had a better chance of survival."

    4. "We destroyed the weeds [,] and the remaining plants had a better chance of survival."

    In your opinion, which sentence seems to distribute the meaning more emphatically and to build up a little more slowly to the climax?


    Credit: John B. Opdycke, Ph.D., Harper's English Grammar (1941, 1943), Warner Books [paperback] edition, page 232.
    Last edited by TheParser; 16-Apr-2016 at 18:29.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Correct Comma & Article Usage
    By r3b3l in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-Jun-2015, 14:02
  2. beginning a sentence with conjunction and a comma
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Oct-2009, 08:09
  3. [Grammar] comma after conjunction
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Nov-2008, 15:46
  4. A comma after a conjunction.
    By erempa in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Nov-2007, 07:53

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •