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AG - compound sentence comma rule exception


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Is this the current comma rule that most teachers/professors are going to require for writing assignments?


Use a comma before the conjunction when it joins independent clauses or sentences. Exception to this rule: IF you are using the conjunction and and If either one of the sentences contains four words or less, do not use a comma.

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I think Rod and Staff teaches that. Elements of Style teaches a similar exception: you don't need the conjunction if the clauses are short (e.g., Man proposes, God disposes).


I have no idea what would be expected in a grading situation. I would probably err on the side of caution and use the comma.

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