Listing and the use of commas

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In the sentence, I want to separate "dementia and associated disease processes" from 'to describe the supportive medical management". Is the comma not necessary or does it help clarify the two statements?

Also is the rest of the sentence about medical management redundant or necessary to clarify the terminology?

See example:

The purpose of this course was to define dementia and associated disease processes, and to describe the supportive medical management utilizing up-to-date medication information including action, dosage, side effects, and rationale .
asked Feb 28 '13 at 16:01 Mary Ellen Levine New member

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The comma is not necessary. This sentence has two predicate nominatives, to define and to describe, and no comma is needed. Combining all of this into one sentence makes it very wordy, however. You could break this down into two or three sentences and it would be much easier to follow.

 

The purpose of this course was twofold. The first was to define dementia and associated disease processes.  Next, it described the pharmaceutical aspects including action, dosage, side effects, and rationale .

link comment answered Feb 28 '13 at 19:23 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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