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    Question Is a comma or semi colon needed here?

    Hi,
    For the following sentence, is a comma or semi colon needed here?

    Why is it; that whenever I …

    or should it be

    Why is it that whenever I …

    or

    Why is it, that whenever I …

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    Default Re: Is a comma or semi colon needed here?

    No punctuation.
    Why is it that I never ...

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    Thumbs up Re: Is a comma or semi colon needed here?

    Thank you Barb_D!
    I'm not sure why I'm making my own rules up, some times I feel like the there should be a pause when there should not.

    Thanks for the answer!

    O by the way,
    See that sentence above I just posted: the one that reads; I'm not sure why I'm making my own rules up,

    Should that have a question mark? in that sentence I'm not expecting a response, rather I'm thinking it to myself, doses it still needs a question mark? I’m guessing that sentence would be what is known as rhetorical...right?
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    Default Re: Is a comma or semi colon needed here?

    Actually, there is a very easy rule to keep in mind.
    Whenever you've a WH-question as part of a lnoger sentence, there should be no comma.
    Eg. I don't know what to do.
    I didn't understand how/why/where........ .

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