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    Unhappy question regarding comma before where (for job application), please help

    I have a question about the sentence below. I am not sure if it is OK, because I think I am using 'where' as a subordinating conjunctive to join two independent clauses. The sentence: Most of my experience was gained while completing my Ph.D. at XXX University, where I preformed research on elucidating the function of XX in XX. I am not sure if it is OK, because I think I am using 'where' as a subordinating conjunctive to join two independent clauses. However, I have seen some example cover letters that seem to do the same thing, so I am not sure. If anyone could clarify this for me, it would be much appreciated. Thanks to anyone that helps.

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    Re: question regarding comma before where (for job application), please help

    where I preformed research on elucidating the function of XX in XX

    To me, the above in red is a subordinate clause in a complex sentence. It is not an independent clause.
    You would be correct, therefore, in sticking with your sentence as written:
    Most of my experience was gained while completing my Ph.D. at XXX University, where I preformed research on elucidating the function of XX in XX.

    On the other hand, You have more education than I. Hope others can provide more authoritative help.

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    Re: question regarding comma before where (for job application), please help

    Let's start by spelling 'performed' correctly.

    In fact, 'carried out', 'conducted' or 'undertook' would all be better before 'research' than 'performed'.

    Apart from that, your sentence reads well.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Jan-2014 at 09:51.

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    Re: question regarding comma before where (for job application), please help

    Thanks ! I missed that mistake (dyslexic).

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    Re: question regarding comma before where (for job application), please help

    Very helpful. Thanks !!!!

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    Re: question regarding comma before where (for job application), please help

    Quote Originally Posted by Withania View Post
    Thanks! I missed that mistake (dyslexic).
    Quote Originally Posted by Withania View Post
    Very helpful. Thanks! !!!
    Don't put a space before an exclamation mark, and remember that a single punctuation mark (regardless of what it is) is sufficient.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: question regarding comma before where (for job application), please help

    Does one perform resarch on elucidating a function?

    It may well be correct, but it sounds odd to me.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Jan-2014 at 22:31. Reason: minor typo
    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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