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Periods and commas

Posted by xiaophil June 19, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: grammar, sentences, phrases, punctuation

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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