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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 7 years ago

Comma question, thanks?

1) Josh: What benefits do you think participating in the arts provides?

2) Jay: Do you mean benefits to me or to the populous in general or both?

In "2," are there any missing commas? I read in a book that you shouldn't put a comma when they are separated by conjunction, but I just want to make sure. Thanks.

P.S. It's an interview for documentation, so they just want to fix the punctuation. (leaving the words as it is)

Thanks.

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  • 7 years ago
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    There are really two answer to your question.

    1. As written, sentence #2 needs no commas.

    2. Conjunctions do need a comma preceding them if they connect two complete sentences.

    Example: Do you mean benefits to me, or do you mean benefits to the populous in general, or do you mean both?

    In the example, there are three complete clauses in that one sentence.

    Source(s): Many years teaching English
  • 7 years ago

    1) Josh: What benefits do you think participating in the arts provides?

    2) Jay: Do you mean benefits to me or to the populous in general or both?

    They both can work as is, but in the second sentence if you want to slow the flow and better highlight each consideration the insertion of comas after both me, and general, will help: 2) Jay: Do you mean benefits to me, or to the populous in general, or both?

    Source(s): Many years writing English.
  • 7 years ago

    I would put a comma after "general", and I would spell "populace" correctly.

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