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# Conjunctions

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28 Sep 2018, 18:41
Is comma always required while using FANBOYS conjunctions?
Example He inspired students yet struggled publicly with drugs

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29 Sep 2018, 01:08
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01 Oct 2018, 12:41
singh8891 wrote:
singhashish41

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Luckily, the GMAT doesn't really test correct comma usage. You'll never have an SC problem where two answer choices only differ based on comma placement. That's because grammarians don't really agree on where commas are supposed to go in a lot of cases. So the simple answer to your question is 'I'm not sure, but luckily, you don't really have to worry about it on the test.'

I'd add that you usually shouldn't eliminate an answer just because you think it uses a comma incorrectly. Find another issue to work with first.

That said, commas can serve as a 'clue' in some situations, so it isn't like you should completely ignore them. For example, commas can tell you whether something is an adverbial or adjectival modifier:

I saw the boy with the telescope. ('With the telescope' should modify 'boy')
I saw the boy, with the telescope. ('With the telescope' should modify 'I saw')

But neither of those are wrong - they just have slightly different meanings.
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