The Write Way

Daily Writing Tip

Using a comma before “and.” Some writers use commas before every “and” in a sentence, which may be incorrect. Use a comma before “and” only to prevent misreading and only when what follows the “and” is a complete sentence.

Incorrect: The train arrived, and we were relieved. (Short enough so that the comma isn’t necessary.)

Incorrect: She went to the store at midnight, and bought some apples and bagels. (No comma because what follows “and” isn’t a complete sentence.)

Correct: She went to the store at midnight, and she bought apples, bagels, and pears for breakfast the next day. (What follows the comma is a complete sentence.)

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