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    #1

    comma before "and", "but"

    I wonder, why, sometimes a comma precedes the conjunctions like and, but etc. but sometimes not.

    Could you explain why it so?
    Last edited by user_gary; 01-Aug-2007 at 07:02.

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    #2

    Re: comma before "and", "but"

    Have a look here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/tags/oxford-comma/
    Also, if and/but are followed by an independent clause, we generally use a comma.


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    #3

    Re: comma before "and", "but"

    How about a full stop?


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    Re: comma before "and", "but"

    A full stop is exactly that - the full stop at the end of a sentence. It ends a sentence.


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    #5

    Re: comma before "and", "but"

    Can we put But after a full sto[p?

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    Re: comma before "and", "but"

    Yes, we can. However, in formal language, it is often better to use something else.

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