commas before and, and but


I always thought that you didn't need a comma preceeding and or but because those words connect the sentence.

See example:

It's awesome and the cost is minimal to be the group "organizer".
asked May 17 '11 at 18:35 Monti Q Hansard New member

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A comma is never used before  the words and or but according to English traditional grammar.

link comment answered Aug 25 '12 at 05:34 Claire Hiller Hiller New member

You should always use a comma before 'and' and 'but' when the two clauses you are joining together are both complete sentences.


Both parts (before and after the 'and') in your sentence could stand alone as complete sentences, so you should put a comma before 'and'.

link answered May 18 '11 at 17:14 Kimberly Expert

I am not sure that this is correct? Where does this answer come from?

Claire Hiller HillerAug 25 '12 at 05:33

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The answer to the use of the comma might be usage rather than grammar?

link comment edited Aug 25 '12 at 05:38 Claire Hiller Hiller New member

I was taught that the words and and but separated the two thoughts and thus a comma was not needed. The same in a list, not to use a comma before and because the and is the separator for that part of the list.

link comment answered Oct 02 '13 at 18:09 Patti New member

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