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    Do we need to put a comma in there?

    When her husband died she decided that she needed a change of air. so she sold the house in London and went to live in Tuscany.

    Do we need to put a comma between the words 'died' and 'she' ?

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    When her husband died she decided that she needed a change of air., so she sold the house in London and went to live in Tuscany.
    I don't think we need to, but it's fine to use one.

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    When her husband died she decided that she needed a change of air. so she sold the house in London and went to live in Tuscany.

    Do we need to put a comma between the words 'died' and 'she' ?

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    (1) I think that it would be helpful if you wrote:

    When her husband died, she decided that she needed a change of

    air. So she sold the house in London and went to live in Tuscany.

    (a) In speech, there would be a natural pause after "died," so I think that

    most American secondary teachers would strongly recommend a comma

    in order to help guide readers (the purpose of punctuation?).

    (b) A very (very) few teachers feel that "so" (when meaning "therefore") is

    an adverb, and that it should not be used as a conjunction to connect two

    independent sentences. Starting a new sentence with "so" would greatly please

    those few strict teachers.

    (i) Of course, many people would, indeed, write:

    ... needed a change of air, so she sold the house ....

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    REMINDER: NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I think that it would be helpful if you wrote:

    When her husband died, she decided that she needed a change of

    air. So she sold the house in London and went to live in Tuscany.

    (a) In speech, there would be a natural pause after "died," so I think that

    most American secondary teachers would strongly recommend a comma

    in order to help guide readers (the purpose of punctuation?).

    (b) A very (very) few teachers feel that "so" (when meaning "therefore") is

    an adverb, and that it should not be used as a conjunction to connect two

    independent sentences. Starting a new sentence with "so" would greatly please

    those few strict teachers.

    (i) Of course, many people would, indeed, write:

    ... needed a change of air, so she sold the house ....

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Thanks you two for the answers.
    But you -two- mean that it's not a fixed rule in English written form, don't you?

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    Thanks you two for the answers.
    But you -two- mean that it's not a fixed rule in English written form, don't you?
    There are very few absolute rules of punctuation in English.

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    There are very few absolute rules of punctuation in English.

    That's exactly what I need. Those very few rules!

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    That's exactly what I need. Those very few rules!
    I kinda like these.

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    Re: Do we need to put a comma in there?

    Quote Originally Posted by faryan View Post
    That's exactly what I need. Those very few rules!
    GV Carey suggested it was 2/3s rules and 1/3 personal preference: Poll: Punctuation is governed 2/3s by rule and 1/3 by personal taste. GV Carey - Language Polls - UsingEnglish.com

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