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Sir,

The orchestra rehearses on Tuesday, but the chorus rehearses on Wednesday.

There is a comma before the word "but".Sometimes it is not used. this is a very confusing.

Can you please clear it,when should I use comma and when no comma.

Thanks.
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AnonymousThe comma goes inside the quote, not outside.
Actually, in this case, correct comma placement depends on which country you live in.

CJ
I was told my english teacher that we should not use the comma before "but" or "and" or "because", i dont know if this is correct punctuation and if it is correct how many more such words are there that does not require a comman before that word.
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Hi,

Have you read all of this thread?Emotion: smile

Clive
Yes, just finished it. Commas really are something, aren't they? I'm an excessive comma user; also, I use excessive semicolons, mostly because MS Word suggests them and this is how I write. As a rule, I use a comma right before I quote someone, "you know," and right after. That is correct usage - if you live by a certain set of rules. I also use a comma when I'm going on a picnic and I'm taking apples, bananas, and carrots. The comma before the, "and carrots," is under fire right now. It sucks. I think, if you can use a comma, you should and if there are less than three items, you shouldn't. Anyway, commas are totally subject to the writers voice and unless an instructor tells you specifically that you must use specific guidelines when writing and citing other people's literature, you can practically throw them in wherever you want.
cool thats very cool

IMRAN
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You should never use pausing while speaking aloud as an indicator of whether or not you should use a comma.
Hi,

What are your reasons for giving that advice, please?

Clive
"...commas are totally subject to the writers voice..." I am a managing editor for a fiction publishing company, and I have to disagree with you. Commas have nothing to do with a writer's voice and everything to do with grammar and punctuation and correct English; the rules don't change just because the writer wants them to. That's like saying you can spell it any way you want because you are the author. It's simply not true. Word may suggest grammar and spelling and style changes that are incorrect, and may tell you words are misspelled simply because that word is not in the basic Word dictionary. Word is not a good editor and is far from always correct. If you want to be a writer, learn the rules first--being an author means being a wordsmith, being an expert, a master, and language is your toolbox. You must know words and punctuation and storytelling, and the framework of rules that govern how they are used, and use those tools within that framework to evoke emotion and inspire your reader, not make up the rules as you go along.
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Correct. It is the comma that tells the reader/speaker where to pause, not vice versa.
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