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    Is this a correct sentence and understandable? Would you please check it? THANKS.
    Student cards value adding machine does not show/read the value of student cards but, it adds the money on the cards.


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    The student card value-adding machine does not show/read the value of student cards but adds the money onto/to the cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The student card value-adding machine does not show/read the value of student cards but adds the money onto/to the cards.

    I don’t know when to use “onto” and “into” in a sentence. I also know very little about punctuations. After “but” I always put a comma but I notice sometimes it applies sometimes not. For example in this sentence (the one I posted earliter) there is no need to put a comma after "but". Do you really mind helping me regarding these problems? I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post
    I don’t know when to use “onto” and “into” in a sentence. I also know very little about punctuations. After “but” I always put a comma but I notice sometimes it applies sometimes not. For example in this sentence (the one I posted earliter) there is no need to put a comma after "but". Do you really mind helping me regarding these problems? I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.


    In the case of the student card, the system is adding a sum of money onto an existing sum - in three dimensions it would be putting it on top of a pile of money = onto.

    On the other hand, if you put money into your account in the bank, in three dimensions you are putting it into a box.


    Never put a comma AFTER "but". A comma can go before it. In the case of your sentence, it could be included if the sentence read:

    The student card value-adding machine does not show the value of student cards, but it adds the money onto the cards.

    Here you have a statement and a complementary statement expanding on it.

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