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    commas :-(

    Hi,

    one rule says that commas are used before coordinating conjunctions that link independent clauses.

    E.g.: The sky was dark, and the air was still.

    But then I open a book and find the following sentence:

    We went to a coffee shop and I ordered coffee for both of us. NO COMMA. Are these not two independent sentences connected with "and"?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: commas :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hi,

    one rule says that commas are used before coordinating conjunctions that link independent clauses.

    E.g.: The sky was dark, and the air was still.

    But then I open a book and find the following sentence:

    We went to a coffee shop and I ordered coffee for both of us. NO COMMA. Are these not two independent sentences connected with "and"?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka
    Yes, and most people would use a comma in that sentence. When the clauses are short, many people omit the comma. It is a matter of style.

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