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    comma usage

    Hi,

    I have a doubt on the comma usage.
    When a subordinating clause precedes mail clause, a comma is necessary between the clauses. Similarly, is a clause needed when a phrase or a opening word precedes mail clause.

    e.g.
    Taking out his gun, Steve shot the bird that was flying high in the sky.
    Having said that, I would also like to say that all that glitters is not gold.
    Similarly, one should try and guard against fake recruiters ...

    Regards

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    Re: comma usage

    Writers, even the best ones, won't always use a comma to separate the main clause from its subordinating clause, so it's not really required--unless, that is, ambiguity results if the comma isn't there. Some writers like to keep to formal usage and so always add in a comma.



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    Re: comma usage

    See thread 13th April 23.06p.m.
    Comma and introductory phrases


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    Re: comma usage

    Thanks Soup.

    So, you feel the same rule applies even to phrases and opening words?
    My question was specifically on these.

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    Re: comma usage

    Hi sharanbr

    Yes. You can leave out the comma if it doesn't

    1. render the sentence ambiguous,
    2. make the sentence difficult to read or
    3. change the meaning of the sentence.


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