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    #1

    Unhappy Comma before 'if'

    If a sentence begins with the 'if' clause, a comma is usually used after that clause. Are there any instances where comma is used before the 'if' clause as in the following:

    Select an option from the drop-down list, if you have configured the database details.

    Select an option from the drop-down list if you have configured the database details.

    Which is correct?

    Are there any difference in usage between UK and US English for this?

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    Re: Comma before 'if'

    I would go without the comma.

    (I also hope you tell the person what do to if you have NOT yet configured the details.)
    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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