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    JackOu Guest

    Default proper usage of commas

    A comma is used before a subordinate clause that follows an independent clause--but only if the thoughts of the two clauses are not closely related. A change of subject from the independent clause to the subordinate clause is usally a clear indication that the thoughts of the two clauses are not closely related. (Rule from Eugene Ehrlich's "Punctuation, capitalization, and spelling book)

    Sentences:
    The city council will meet twice next week, when the bill for revision of the charter comes up for its final vote.

    I will not take a long airplane flight, as long as you refuse to go along with me.

    Should there be commas in the sentences above?

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    Default Re: proper usage of commas

    I'd definitely use one in the first. I think the second is optional.

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