Flow of the sentence vs. the rules for commas

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Does the following sentence need a comma, and where should it go? In and out of the rooms and down the hall they go. 1: In and out of the rooms, and down the hall they go. 2: In and out of the rooms and down the hall, they go. (This is what the automatic grammar checker liked, but I think it stops the flow of  the sentence in the wrong place.  In the sentence, " Away we go."  I don't think it would be appropriate to punctuate it , "Away, we go.") 3:  In and out of the rooms and down the hall they go.  (No comma) What do you think?

comma commas flow asked Aug 01 '13 at 17:34 M. Lyons New member

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I don't think you need a comma. The sentence reads clearly without one, and I kinda like how "breezy" it is -- it matches the action of the subjects moving throughout the rooms and hall.

 

And since "in and out of the rooms" isn't an independent clause like "down the hall they go" is, you don't need a comma from a compound-sentence perspective.

link comment answered Aug 01 '13 at 21:33 Actually Holly Expert

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