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Commas before conjunctions
A bit of a technical question: do you place commas before conjunctions or not?
I was always taught at school not to, but - after reading loads of books on the subject - it seems that it is acceptable. When and where is it acceptable?
It would be two main clauses joined together to create a compound sentence, but it would be two separate ideas. Is the sentence I have just typed correct, or should it be without the comma?