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I am proofreading, and I found this sentence:

Read the passage and answer the questions below.

I believe that we need to put a comma before 'and' since there are two independent clauses.

Thus, it will be:

Read the passage[,] and answer the questions below.

Am I correct?

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No, not necessarily.
A comma is used when listing multiple things.
For example, I ate my meals, took a shower, and played the game yesterday.

When listing only two things, only "and" is enough (although a comma can be used too).
For example, I ate my meals and played the game yesterday.

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    worth noting the , and is an oxford comma – Smock Jul 3 at 13:42
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You could also write any of these:

1) Read the passage, answer the questions below.
2) Read the passage and answer the question below.
3) Read the passage then answer the question below.
4) Read the passage, then answer the question below.

And plenty more, I am sure.

'then' is logically equal to 'and'.
'and' is logically equal to a comma.

  • Then is NOT logically equal to and. Sometimes, it can be replaced, but that does not make it equal – Bella Swan Jul 4 at 4:31
  • 'Logically' equal, NOT equal. All instances of 'then' can be replaced with 'and'. – James Jul 4 at 9:39
  • Equality is 2 sided. All instances of 'then' can be replaced with 'and' but not vice versa. – Bella Swan Jul 5 at 4:28

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