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    Question Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    I have a question regarding comma rules in English.
    As far as my knowledge goes, you only use comma if Subordinating Clause starts off the sentence then the Independent (Main) Clause comes after it, such as this one = "Because I ate a rotten hotdog , I got sick"
    And you dont need to use any comma if Independent (Main) Clause starts off then sentence and Subordinating Clausecomes after it such as this one = "I ate a hotdog because I was hungry"
    Now here's the sentence I'm confused about:
    "This type of case can be easily seen as lacking merit, because each of the elements of a tort(a civil wrongdoing) was not present, and thus no law was broken."

    why is comma used before the subordinating clause/conjuction ?

    p.s- additional question: ", and thus no law was broken." I know , + coordinaiting conjuction connects two indepenent clauses, but "thus no law was broken" <- is this a full sentence? to me, it seems like subordinating clause because of "thus"

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    "This type of case can be easily seen as lacking merit, because each of the elements of a tort(a civil wrongdoing) was not present, and thus no law was broken."

    The subordinate clause is quite long and contains a subject (subjects) and a predicate (predicates) of its own.

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    "This type of case can be easily seen as lacking merit, because each of the elements of a tort(a civil wrongdoing) was not present, and thus no law was broken."

    The subordinate clause is quite long and contains a subject (subjects) and a predicate (predicates) of its own.

    Isn't clause suppose to have both Subject and a Verb?

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    What I meant to say by "of its own" is that "the type of case" doesn't appear in the following clause in any identity.

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    5 Calls for a Comma Before
    Thanks for the link!
    But I'm still not getting it.... It seems like they just put comma before it and say it has different meaning
    but to me, it looks the same... with and without
    I cant see the changes in meaning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    What I meant to say by "of its own" is that "the type of case" doesn't appear in the following clause in any identity.
    what do you mean by "the type of case" doesnt appear in the clause?

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    "This type of case can be easily seen as lacking merit, because each of the elements of a tort(a civil wrongdoing) was not present, and thus no law was broken."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    "This type of case can be easily seen as lacking merit, because each of the elements of a tort(a civil wrongdoing) was not present, and thus no law was broken."
    You mean "This type of case " is not included(?) in the second half of the sentence? that they are totally unrelated?

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Yep.

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