should I not put a comma in front of this "and"
Not sure wether to put comma or not..
I thought because the first is a dependent... so is the second?
Unfortunately, the boys value strength and charisma above intelligence, and Piggy undergoes derision for any suggestions he offers.
To expand on Tolley's answer. The comma is required because both clauses are independent clauses -- they both can stand alone as a sentence.
Every sentence requires at least one independent clause. A dependent clause cannot stand alone as a sentence, and two dependent clause do not make a complete sentence.
|link comment||answered Oct 04 '12 at 03:29 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
Good sentence and good advice. The comma between the two independent clauses is essential here to avoid the possibility of Piggy being given the same value as intelligence.
However, independent clauses joined by a conjunction do not always require a comma. For instance:
The clouds parted and the sun shone.
This sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a conjunction and does not require a comma; the sentence is very short, is easily understood, and contains no ambiguity. It would also be grammatically correct to insert a comma (after parted), of course.
|link||answered Oct 04 '12 at 07:50 Peter Guess Expert|
I am new to Grammarly and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the questions and the answers.
The responses given to Amanda, in particular the last two, are great, and make, not only great learning, but wonderful reading sprinkled with a touch of humour. Thanks.
It's now time to turn off Mac (iMac) and switch out the light, so no corrections please. But, boy, am I glad you haven't read my short stories...and I admit to loving commas and adjectives. Just not sure how best to use them. That's one reason they no doubt gather dust.
|link comment||answered Oct 05 '12 at 12:10 Annette Chacos New member|
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