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    #1

    so I went home early

    I was feeling a bit tired, so I went home early.

    Is it possible to leave out 'comma' before 'so' in the above sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I was feeling a bit tired, so I went home early.

    Is it possible to leave out 'comma' before 'so' in the above sentence?

    Hello, Winwin.

    When I need to connect two clauses using a coordinating conjunction, I always put a comma between them (The comma is put before the conjunction).
    I wouldn't leave it out.
    For your reference: http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/coor...onjunction.htm
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    #3
    I would leave the comma out. The meaning is clear without it.

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    #4
    I am like tzfujimino - when there are two independent clauses joined by a "FANBOYS" conjunction, I used the comma almost 100% of the time. However, the trend is growing to omit it when both the clauses are short, as they are here.

    I wouldn't mark it incorrect if I were your teacher.
    I would edit in the comma if I were your editor and the style choice was mine to make.
    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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