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Exercise : Comma Exercise 1

Date: 2020-07-20


Add commas as needed in the sentences below. On the line to the left of each sentence, write the number of the appropriate comma rule (click here to see the rules). If the sentence is correct as it is, write C on the line and refer to the appropriate rule in parentheses after the sentence.

He left the scene of the accident and tried to forget that it had happened.

1 He left the scene of the accident, and tried to forget that it had happened.

Note: I checked the answers after this first attempt. Rule 1 is:

Use commas to separate independent clauses when they are joined by any of these seven coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet. I googled ‘independent clauses’ and it sounds like the inverse is a subordinate clause. My initial thought about it was the ‘it’ is a back reference, so not independent. next thing I found: An independent clause is a clause that can stand alone as a sentence (i.e., it expresses a complete thought). A dependent clauses (or subordinate clause) is one that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence (i.e., it does not express a complete thought). the 2nd clause has an implied he if nothing else: ... and [he] tried to forget that it happened. so a clause is independent only when a) has a backref and/or b) implied words from the previous clause. those two sound like we could just say ‘has a grammatical dependency of any kind on the previous clause’.

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