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Are the commas in this sentence correct, and the comma before 'and'? Is this not a dependent clause followed by an independent clause thus no comma.

If you look at it as extra information within the commas it cannot be removed due to 'make' instead of makes. So I assume the comma is wrong ?

It sounds fine to read though, but I thought if you can't remove the bracketing information without it effecting the meaning of the sentence, something is wrong with the sentence.

This sentence:

The confusing unmatched bracket, and the fact that it is a fragment rather than a whole sentence, make this hard to evaluate.

  • make/makes would change your perception of it? – Tetsujin Aug 31 '18 at 17:24
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The sentence, exactly as it's written, is ungrammatical.

There are two possible ways of interpreting the meaning—and it's not possible to know what was intended without more context.


1. Parenthetical Nonessential Information

If the information between the comma pairs is meant to be nonessential, then removing it and the commas should result in a grammatical sentence.

In order to for this to happen, make needs to be changed to makes:

The confusing unmatched bracket, and the fact that it is a fragment rather than a whole sentence, makes this hard to evaluate.

This could also be rephrased to put the nonessential information at the end of the sentence:

The confusing unmatched bracket makes this hard to evaluate, as does the fact that it is a fragment rather than a whole sentence.


2. Essential Information

If the information between the comma pairs is meant to be essential, then the commas need to be removed:

The confusing unmatched bracket and the fact that it is a fragment rather than a whole sentence make this hard to evaluate.

This could also be rephrased to make the conjunction of the two terms more obvious:

This is hard to evaluate because of the confusing unmatched bracket and the fact that it is a fragment rather than a whole sentence.

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