[Grammar] ...and the child will recognise the parent’s voice and come running and call back.

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Elliebelly

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Hi, is it possible to use commas when listing actions with the word 'and'?

"The mother will call when she comes into the house, and the child will recognise the parent’s voice and come running and call back."

Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Thank you!
 

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Hi, is it possible to use commas when listing actions with the word 'and'?

"The mother will call when she comes into the house, and the child will recognise the parent’s voice and come running and call back."

Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Thank you!

That's a lot of repetition of "and", you're right. You could try:

The mother will call when she comes into the house, then the child will recognise the parent's voice, come running and call back.
 

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Thanks for your answer! Your suggestion is so much better.

But out of curiosity, if I wanted to keep the ands in the sentence and just change the use of punctuation (if needed), would I need to place any commas in the sentence? Or does it read OK as it stands?
 

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Thanks for your answer! Your suggestion is so much better.

But out of curiosity, if I wanted to keep the ands in the sentence and just change the use of punctuation (if needed), would I need to place any commas in the sentence? Or does it read OK as it stands?

It doesn't need any more punctuation, but it's an awkward sentence. Why would you want to keep all the "and"s, emsr2d2's sentence is much better.
 
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