Pompeo Gets Kooky About Commas

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, it seems, is a little obsessive about commas. According to press reports, he’s been sending out directives to staff that they should follow certain strict guidelines. Here’s one example of incorrect comma use he sent to staffers.

“The administration is committed to achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace agreement, and remains optimistic that progress can be made.”

Pompeo said that’s an error because there should be “no comma when single subject with compound predicate.”

I found Pompeo’s choice a little odd. So I did some asking around. Here's my recent column about my conclusions.

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