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Category Archive Grammar & Usage

The Comma-Then Structure: Right or Wrong?

CommaComma-Then is not an actual grammar structure—not by name anyway. It’s a phrase titled for a pet peeve of author Jonathan Franzen.

In his blog post, “Comma-Then,” he describes a syntax pattern that he names the “comma-then” structure, suggests its use is incorrect, and offers three examples to illustrate his point.

1. She lit a Camel Light, then dragged deeply.

2. He dims the lamp and opens the window, then pulls the body inside.

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