comma before the conjunction - is this rule changing


My editor nixes almost every comma I use, including before a conjunction connecting two independent clauses. I understand a preference for omitting the serial comma, but it seems wrong to me to omit the comma between independent clauses. Am I just being old school?

Awareness of the program has increased since 2010, but few have used it.

asked Jun 16 '12 at 16:35 Laurie Harrington New member

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The editor encourages run-on sentences?  Interesting.


The Chicago Manual of Style supports what we were taught a long time ago.  Use a comma with a conjunction separating independent clause.  That issue alone would make me reconsider my choice in editors.  Chicago also strongly recommends the serial comma, by the way.

link answered Jun 16 '12 at 20:42 Jody M. Expert

I remember a good example of why one should use the serial comma. When thanking others for their inspiration, the man said, "I'd like to thank my parents, Mother Teresa and the pope."

Patty TJun 16 '12 at 23:37

That's funny! I have yet to see a good reason to omit the serial comma.

Jody M.Jun 17 '12 at 00:12

I'm stealing that one, Patty.

TolleyJun 17 '12 at 02:36

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