Comma Question-"and therefore," or "and, therefore,"?

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Anonymous:
I suddenly am unsure about how to punctuate a sentence which has " and therefore" in it. Do you say "So and So would not benefit from this treatment, and therefore, I have recommended that he forego the surgery"? or "So and So would not benefit from this treatment and, therefore, I have recommended that he forego the surgery."? The comma before "and" and after "therefore" as in the second example sounds correct to me because of the pause when saying the sentence aloud. What do you think?

Thank you.

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Hi guys,

I would usually write this kind of thing thus:

He loved her, and therefore he married her.

or He loved her. Therefore, he married her.

Best wishes, Clive
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I agree with you, Anon. The punctuation of the first example doesn't sound very good to me.
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I suddenly am unsure about how to punctuate a sentence which has " and therefore" in it. Do you say "So and So would not benefit from this treatment, and therefore, I have recommended that he forego the surgery"? or "So and So would not benefit from this treatment and, therefore, I have recommended that he forego the surgery."? The comma before "and" and after "therefore" as in the second example sounds correct to me because of the pause when saying the sentence aloud. What do you think?

I think the second one is the right one as well. It actually sounds much better when being said aloud.

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Anonymous:
The second one is correct. The first one is poor style.
Anonymous:
Actually, both one and two are poor style. The sentence you wrote has two independent clauses; therefore, you should use a semicolon after the first independent clause. Leave out the "and" completely.
Anonymous:
I agree with the last posting. "[t]herefore" is a transitional element in the example given. It should be preceded by a semicolon and followed by a comma. The word "and" should be omitted completely, as it is unnecessary in the example given -- Anon.
Anonymous:
you could just take out the 'and'
Hi,

you could just take out the 'and'

Strictly speaking, therefore is not a conjunction, so I wouldn't omit the 'and' in careful writing.

Best wishes, Clive
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