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    Punctuation (Comma)

    "Keeping a diary in 1984 Oceania is punishable by death, or at least by 25 years in a forced-labor camp."

    Is a comma required before "or"? According to me it is not, because it isn't connecting two independent clauses. And I think that the clause following "or" is essential information. I hope I am not missing anything.

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    That sentence could probably do without the comma. But it's already there. Let's see what the next sentence says.

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    Re: Punctuation (Comma)

    Orwell was a pretty punctilious writer. He wrote 1984 almost seventy years ago, though. We use fewer commas nowadays.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Just to clarify,this sentence wasn't taken from 1984, directly. It's taken from a website which explains the themes of the novel. (schmoop.com)

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    Re: Punctuation (Comma)

    I have one more question in this same topic. It's about usage of comma when interjections+adverb are at the start of the sentence. These are a bit confusing.

    In this example:


    "And he wonders why he doubts the party’s "history."
    No, seriously, he wonders."


    Should it be

    No seriously, he wonders.
    Or
    No, seriously he wonders.

    Or is it right as it is?

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    Re: Punctuation (Comma)

    It's right as is.

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