Comma between two independent clauses when supplying a reason or explanation
Hi, and thank you very much for your help!
In these three examples, which of the sentences would be correct? (The difference between the sentences lies in the use of a comma before and.)
A. I have never been to France and John is always saying how he'd like to see the Eiffel Tower, so we've decided to go to Paris this summer.
B. I have never been to France, and John is always saying how he'd like to see the Eiffel Tower, so we've decided to go to Paris this summer.
A. Because X company badly needs expertise in technology and our company is no longer capable of sustaining itself financially, we have decided to merge.
B. Because X company badly needs expertise in technology, and our company is no longer capable of sustaining itself financially, we have decided to merge.
- After thinking about it, I imagine starting with "because" probably turns both reasons into one long subordinate clause. I'll leave the example just in case.
A. I have noticed two specific changes after losing weight: I have significantly more self-confidence and my clothes fit me better.
B. I have noticed two specific changes after losing weight: I have significantly more self-confidence, and my clothes fit me better.
I think my concern and confusion arises from the fact that, at least in some sentences (especially EXAMPLE 2), I feel like using a comma makes the second independent clause feel like a parenthetical aside instead of an explanation or reason equal to the first.
Well, I am just a new contributor. It will be better to wait for an expert's opinion, but this is what I think:
All the Bs' punctuations are correct. I think a commar before an "and" is usually to denote 2 non-direct connective situations. Of course I may be wrong so please do wait for an expert to answer :3
Sorry about that.
|link comment||answered Apr 08 '13 at 14:09 Duane Chung Jie New member|
Example 1 -- B is correct. This sentence consists of THREE independent clauses, and a comma is required after France. If, as you suggest, the added comma makes the clause feel as a parenthetical, the best solution would be to rewrite to avoid the situation.
Example 2 --A is correct. Beginning with "because" does turn it into one subordinate clause (albeit consisting of two subjects and two verbs).
Example 3 -- B is correct.
I hope this helps.
|link||answered Apr 08 '13 at 19:51 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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