Perhaps this is the dullest topic ever, but this is a small something that no Chinese has been able to give me a clear answer.
Q: When do I know when to place a comma; when do I know when to place a period?
I often read a string a phrases that are strung together by commas and then are finally ended with a period, but I can't see if there is rhyme or reason to it. I have pointed this out to some Chinese, and they say these phrases have a relationship so they are connected by a comma. This seems pretty willy-nilly. Are there firm rules?
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