Sentence fragment: some assembly required

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A reader from Pasco Washington asks:

Do I need a comma in this sentence?
Therefore not wanting to purchase it and have to battele with the assembly process.

My answer:

Normally you would put a comma before “therefore,”–however, this is not a sentence–it is a sentence fragment. Even if you had something before “therefore”, you would need a subect to make it a complete sentence. I’m making up some parts to fix the sentence, I hope you can see where it changes:

The instructions are too complicated for this product, therefore I don’t want to purchase it and have to battle with the assembly process.

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Peter J. Francis is owner and operator of HyperGraphix Publishing Services ( He has over 30 years of professional writing and editing experience. He holds a BA (Honors) degree in English (1987), a B. Ed. degree from SFU (2005) and a certificate in Special Education from SFU (2011). He teaches high school and offers editing services as time is available.