comma usage

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I'm wondering about the comma usage in the following sentences:

 

"First, I would advise that you stop poring through medical books, looking for some miracle cure for your problem."

 
"I really want to work with Julio on this, and I am left with a lot of extra time since the last project fell through."
 

In the first sentence, s the comma before "looking" necessary or unnecessary? In the second sentence, is the comma before "and" necessary, and is repeating the subject, "I," necessary? Thank you very much! I appreciate any detail you can give in your explanation :)

edited Apr 18 '13 at 03:47 Max J. New member

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You don't need the comma after books.

 "First, I would advise that you stop poring through medical books looking for some miracle cure for your problem."

 

You could omit the second 'I', but you would also have to remove the comma. This would make it a compound verb rather than a compound sentence. I would leave both in here. Compound verbs are usually used when the actions are similar or related.  'I washed and dried the dishes.' 'I enjoyed working with Julio before and want to work with him again.' These verbs don't have that close relationship, and a compound sentence works better.

 

"I really want to work with Julio on this, and I am left with a lot of extra time since the last project fell through."

link answered Apr 18 '13 at 13:14 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thank you!!!

Max J. Apr 18 '13 at 15:53

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