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Can I use and after a comma?


I was wondering something about writing sentences. Can I use the word "and" after a comma in a sentence or is this incorrect in English?

Thanks for all your help.
Posted in English, asked by Inila, 6 years ago. 901 hits.


You can use the word "and" after a comma. Two case exist which warrant the use of a comma before the word "and":

1. Firstly as a serial comma, where there are three or more items in a list of series. Example: Harry has two combs, four toothbrushes, and seventeen facecloths in his bathroom cupboard.

2. Secondly to separate two independent clauses i.e. a section that contains its own subject and verb and can stand alone as a sentence. Example: I will go to the shops, and I will buy chips and ice-cream. If we delete the subject in the second clause (i.e. "I"), we can then also drop the comma i.e. I will go to the shops and buy chips and ice-cream. The second part of the sentence is now not a stand-alone clause anymore.

6 years ago
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