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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    "..., owing to illness"

    I couldn't attend, owing to illness.
    I donít think it is correct to use the comma in that sentence since owing to isn't used as a starter word. On the other hand, it is correct to be inserted in the sentence below, for example:

    to illness, I couldn't attend.

    Am I correct?

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    Re: "..., owing to illness"

    I would use a comma there, for no other reason than to reflect the pause I would insert if I were speaking the phrase out loud. Incidentally, I wouldn't use "owing to" in that context. I would say "because of", and I would phrase it as "I couldn't attend, because of illness" or, more likely, "I couldn't attend because I was ill".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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