Believe in the sovereignty of God, <and> you will see...

Susan Su

Senior Member
Chinese
Hello everyone,

I am confused about the usage of "and". For example, here are 2 sentences, I am wondering whether "and" in sentence 2 is necessary?

1. Believe in the sovereignty of God, you will see God's good intentions in the midst of suffering.
2. Believe in the sovereignty of God, and you will see God's good intentions in the midst of suffering.

Hope for your replies. Thank you.
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Sentence 1 is incorrect grammar. In English you cannot put 2 sentences together, with just a comma.

    You could replace the comma with a period, capitalize "You" and example 1 would be 2 correct sentences.

    Sentence 2 is correct. You can combine 2 sentences by putting "and" between them. The comma is not needed.
     

    Xyz123456

    Senior Member
    English - United Kingdom
    The second sentence is telling you "if you want to see God's intentions" then you should "believe in God".

    The first sentence says the same thing but it sounds more judgmental.

    "Eat this food! You will be healthier!

    Versus:

    "Eat this food and you will be healthy".
     
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