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Comma before and?

 
 
Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2016 08:35 am
As I understand it, you should only use a comma before a coordinating conjunction when it joins two independent clauses. For example,
I went to the shop, and I then went to the cinema (correct)
I went to the shop, and then to the cinema (incorrect)

However, I constantly see sentences such as this:
We’ve also had the chance to build a deeper relationship with Satya and the Microsoft leadership team, and to witness the strategic and cultural shifts they are driving.

Because the second phrase following the comma + 'AND' does *not* contain a subject and is therefore not an independent clause, it would seem to be grammatically incorrect.

Could someone advise whether there is another rule about commas and coordinating conjunctions that allows the above example to be considered correct?

Many thanks
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mark noble
 
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Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2016 09:21 am
@wolverinevision,
Categoric-extensions.

I made cheese on toast, and bufallo pie, and escargot a la carte, and puffin pasties, and....

Commas can go anywhere.

'I, was looking, remarkably well, that, brisk, yet, tiresome, dawn, of sorts.'

Noone cares about commas.
YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE ANY WAY YOU CHOOSE! YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT ANYBODY ELSE'S WAY.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2016 11:58 am
@wolverinevision,
Wolf the rules are very loose except that lately the comma is on the way out where it doesn't contribute to meaning
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