Use of Comma before WHICH and BUT.


Could you please explain when putting comma before 'which' and 'but' is not necessary.

I have seen good writers omitting the comma.



Sarvan Minhas

asked Jul 02 '13 at 04:08 Sarvan Minhas New member

2 answers


Um, I may be wrong, but I believe those two examples using "which" are grammatically exactly the same. Each is a dependent clause functioning as an adjective to describe the noun "apple." Because they function as adjectives, they are removeable (just as adjectives are). As for the commas, it is my understanding that they do not need it, but I am still looking for a definitive answer. 

link comment answered May 29 '14 at 12:43 Liz Collins New member

I think you will find many opinions on this. In my view, 'but' (coordinating conjunction) needs a comma when it joins two independent clauses. However, when. It doesn't join clause + clause, it isn't necessary (unless the sentence becomes too long and clumsy, of course). For example: I live in Al Ain, but I don't live in Dubai. This clause + clause. I live in Al Ain but not in Dubai. This is clause + phrase. As for 'which' - I'm not sure why you expect a comma here. Used as a relative pronoun it doesn't regularly take a comma.

link comment answered Jul 02 '13 at 07:40 Ahmad Barnard Expert

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