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When a sentence begins with two prepositional phrases joined by the word and, where should the writer place a comma ?

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  • 2 months ago

    Mostly it depends on how it is to be said.  Is the double prepositional phrase given as a unity, a single combined statement, or is the second phrase a type of aside (parenthetical comment) that simply happens to be located after a different but unlinked first one?  Typically, the use of "and" serves to declare the second as equal to and inseparable from the first and thus the comma ought to follow the second phrase only.  However, there are ways to construct a sentence where that general idea is not true.

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  • geezer
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If the two phrases are at the start of a longer sentence then the commar goes after the second phrase.

    For example ..

    ''Through rain that poured like a waterfall and winds that howled like the devil, the ship battled it's way through the storm''.

    There are some people who would add a second commar before the ''and''.

    ''Through rain that poured like a waterfall, and winds that howled like the devil, the ship battled it's way through the storm''.

    It's not 'wrong' as such .. it's just 'too much punctuation'.

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  • 2 months ago

    Always before the conjunction , 'and' in this case.

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  • 2 months ago

    Example:

    "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go."

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  • Bill B
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The comma should be placed after the second one. 

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