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Should the comma be removed?

See example:

Job analysis is defined as methods commonly used by managers to gain an understanding of what a job entails, and the type of individual who should be hired to perform that job.
asked May 16 '11 at 23:45 Todd Elston New member

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Yes, the comma should be removed. In a sentence with two main clauses (clauses with the necessary grammatical elements to be their own sentences), the clauses should be separated by a comma. The key here is often a pronoun in the second clause.

 

[Cindy borrowed my CDs last month], and [she hasn't returned them yet].

 

However, your sentence has only one main clause. The phrase "an understanding of what a job entails and the type of individual who should be hired to perform that job" is a very long noun phrase-- that is, a phrase that takes the place of a noun. That entire phrase is what managers are gaining. Therefore, a comma is not used.

 

"Job analysis is defined as methods commonly used by managers to gain an understanding of what a job entails and the type of individual who should be hired to perform that job."

 

If you feel the noun phrase is too long and there's a possibility of your reader getting lost on the way, you can add a preposition to remind your reader exactly where the separate elements connect back to:

 

"to gain an understanding of what a job entails and of the type of individual who should be hired to perform that job."

 

The second "of" mirrors the first one, and tells the reader that "what a job entails" and "the type...that job" are two parts of a compound, both of which link back to the verb "understanding."

link comment answered May 17 '11 at 15:01 Collane Ramsey Expert
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Yes, remove the coma, sorry.

link comment answered May 17 '11 at 10:10 Hessa New member

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