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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Yep.
    OHHHH!!! so when the subject of the independent caluse is not related to the subordinating clause , a comma is needed!!
    I GET IT!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    But I've got to tell you I'm still not sure whether native speakers agree with me on that one. To be honest with you, the main reason I'd put a comma there is because the sentence is long.

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    But I've got to tell you I'm still not sure whether native speakers agree with me on that one. To be honest with you, the main reason I'd put a comma there is because the sentence is long.
    hmmm? sentence is not long...
    only subordinating cluase is "because each of the elements of a tort(a civil wrongdoing) was not present" rest of them is independent clauses

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    I can't agree with this reasoning.
    I left the party because the babysitter called me to tell me that my child was sick. No comma.

    I'd say the comma is more like "So, I'm going to give you some additional information now."

    Did you see Peter do that amazing backflip at the party?
    No, I had left the party by then [comma - oh, and if you care, it's because the babysitter had called...]

    It provides amplifying information, or clarifying information -- the main point of what I'm saying is that I missed the backflip, so the "because" part isn't that essential.

    It has more to do with the writer's intent in telling you what is the essential part of the sentence, or the heart of the meaning, and less to do with a strict grammar rule.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can't agree with this reasoning.
    I left the party because the babysitter called me to tell me that my child was sick. No comma.

    I'd say the comma is more like "So, I'm going to give you some additional information now."

    Did you see Peter do that amazing backflip at the party?
    No, I had left the party by then [comma - oh, and if you care, it's because the babysitter had called...]

    It provides amplifying information, or clarifying information -- the main point of what I'm saying is that I missed the backflip, so the "because" part isn't that essential.

    It has more to do with the writer's intent in telling you what is the essential part of the sentence, or the heart of the meaning, and less to do with a strict grammar rule.
    Ohhh i get it now!! so it has to do with essentity!! [<- is this even a word? lol]
    thanks for the reply!

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by dong6241 View Post
    Oh, I get it now! So it has to do with essentity[<- is this even a word? lol]!
    Thanks for the reply!
    No, it's not a word. "Essentiality" and "essentialness" are both words but I really don't think I've heard them used.

    I know you're excited that you have understood this but please don't forget to use correct capitalisation in your posts (at the start of sentences and when you use "I"). Also, exclamation marks really aren't necessary at the end of most of those sentences. When they are appropriate, one is enough.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Apr-2012 at 18:33.

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    Default Re: Subordinating Conjuction + Comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No, it's not a word. "Essentiality" and "essentialness" are both words but I really don't think I've heard them used.

    I know you're excited that you have understood this but please don't forget to use correct capitalisation in your posts (at the starts of sentences and when you use "I"). Also, exclamation marks really aren't necessary at the end of most of those sentences. When they are appropriate, one is enough.
    Hahahaha this is the best reply I've ever gotten so far! xD
    And this time I remembered to capitaliz the "I" and used exclamation point once!! oops. once!
    hahaha thanks for making my day :D

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