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  1. rsuen
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    a comma with then

    Dear Teacher:

    When I am reading books I always see a sentence structure like this "......... , then ........." . I am very much wondering the meaning of ", + then " Can I omit the comma and will the meaning be different?

    Thanks

    Ray


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    I went to my bedroom, then slept for two solid hours.
    If you like technical games, then chess is certainly for you.

    I don't think you can do away with the commas.

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    Re: a comma with then

    Quote Originally Posted by rsuen
    Dear Teacher:

    When I am reading books I always see a sentence structure like this "......... , then ........." . I am very much wondering the meaning of ", + then " Can I omit the comma and will the meaning be different?

    Thanks

    Ray
    You can omit the comma sometimes if it is "and then". Check the commas in the dictionary examples:

    then (THĕn)
    adv.
    At that time: I was still in school then. Come at noon; I'll be ready then.
    Next in time, space, or order; immediately afterward: watched the late movie and then went to bed.
    In addition; moreover; besides: It costs $20, and then there's the sales tax to pay.
    Used after but to qualify or balance a preceding statement: The star was nervous, but then who isn't on the first night of a new play.
    In that case; accordingly: If traffic is heavy, then allow extra time.
    As a consequence; therefore: The case, then, is closed.

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