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    So can I say:

    I like eating chips but, pizza is my favourite food
    I like eating chips and, I adore eating pizza.
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    not after and i'm not sure about but
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    (Original post by JustDoIt!)
    So can I say:

    I like eating chips but, pizza is my favourite food
    I like eating chips and, I adore eating pizza.
    The comma should be before the connective.

    I like eating chips, but pizza is my favourite food.
    I like eating chips, and I adore eating pizza.
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    The comma should be before the connective.

    I like eating chips, but pizza is my favourite food.
    I like eating chips, and I adore eating pizza.
    Yeahhh, I used to do that too, but read it like that somewhere and started mimicking it like **** ;-;
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    The comma would go before the but.

    "I like eating chips, but pizza is my favourite."

    I wouldn't have a comma for the second one?

    "I like eating chips and adore eating pizza."

    But I think you can do:

    "I like eating chips, and adore eating pizza."
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    (Original post by JordLndr)
    I wouldn't have a comma for the second one?

    "I like eating chips and adore eating pizza."

    But I think you can do:

    "I like eating chips, and adore eating pizza."
    This is an example of the Oxford comma, something I particularly purvey.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    The comma should be before the connective.

    I like eating chips, but pizza is my favourite food.
    I like eating chips, and I adore eating pizza.
    So can I say: I like eating chips but, my friend, loves eating pizza.
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    (Original post by JustDoIt!)
    So can I say: I like eating chips but, my friend, loves eating pizza.
    I like eating chips, but my friend loves eating pizza.

    The first comma is in the wrong position, and the second is unnecessary; it harms the flow of the sentence.
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    I like eating chips, but my friend loves eating pizza.

    The first comma is in the wrong position, and the second is unnecessary; it harms the flow of the sentence.
    If I sat down for a couple of hours a week is it possible for me to learn all these rules? How did you learn them?
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    I was taught that if you remove the clause between the commas the sentence should still make sense.

    Ie. When you go to the shop, buy a banana.

    If you remove the first clause, the second still makes sense as a standalone.
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    (Original post by ns_2)
    I was taught that if you remove the clause between the commas the sentence should still make sense.

    Ie. When you go to the shop, buy a banana.

    If you remove the first clause, the second still makes sense as a standalone.
    Would, 'buy a banana' be considered a sentence?
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    (Original post by JustDoIt!)
    Would, 'buy a banana' be considered a sentence?
    It denotes an 'imperative clause'.
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    (Original post by ns_2)
    It denotes an 'imperative clause'.
    This is why I love the freedom of text-speech! *facepalms* Thank you
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    (Original post by JustDoIt!)
    If I sat down for a couple of hours a week is it possible for me to learn all these rules? How did you learn them?
    GCSE English Lang/Lit?
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    (Original post by JustDoIt!)
    So can I say:

    I like eating chips but, pizza is my favourite food
    I like eating chips and, I adore eating pizza.
    Only when you are doing an impression of William Shatner.
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    GCSE English Lang/Lit?
    All my teachers left after 7 months, I went to a crap school.
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    (Original post by JustDoIt!)
    So can I say:

    I like eating chips but, pizza is my favourite food
    I like eating chips and, I adore eating pizza.
    I take it you only just started learning English?
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    You don't need any commas in these sentences. Simply write:

    I like eating chips but pizza is my favourite food.
    I like eating chips and I adore eating pizza.

    And it's not an Oxford comma. That's when you use a comma before the "and" of the last item in a list.
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    Really there's only one rule you need to learn here and it's this: commas NEVER go after connectives. Ever.
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    What is this, grammar school?
 
 
 
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