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    Comma use and 'So long'

    Hi! I was just wondering whether I'm using a comma correctly here:

    I like to read anywhere in my house, so long as I can't hear my brother!

    Most people I talk to seem to think I could include the comma, or I could leave it out. I was wondering whether there's a rule?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Comma use and 'So long'

    Quote Originally Posted by Felicity_Woods99 View Post
    Hi! I was just wondering whether I'm using a comma correctly here:

    I like to read anywhere in my house, so long as I can't hear my brother!

    Most people I talk to seem to think I could include the comma, or I could leave it out. I was wondering whether there's a rule?

    Thanks!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Felicity,

    (1) I believe that your friends are correct.

    (2) The "rule" seems to be this:

    If the adverbial clause ("as/so long as") comes at the beginning,

    then you must use a comma:

    So long as I can't hear my brother, I like to read anywhere

    in the house.

    If the adverbial clause comes at the end, the comma is

    optional (it's your choice).

    (a) Probably, most people nowadays would not use a comma.

    (b) It is fine if you want to emphasize the adverbial clause.

    I like to read anywhere in the house, so long as I can't hear

    my brother.

    In fact, a dash would be even more

    dramatic:

    I like to read anywhere in the house -- so long as I can't

    hear my brother!

    In my opinion, you would probably be better off NOT using a

    comma in your particular sentence.

    By the way, if you used the very formal conjunction "provided

    that," then you would HAVE TO use the comma:

    I like to read anywhere in the house, provided that I can't

    hear my brother.

    The people "who make the rules" have decided that a comma

    in front of "as/so long as" is optional, but a comma before

    "provided that" is mandatory, I believe.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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