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    Aren't there certain situations when a comma can precede "even if"?

    This place is great. Have to say that right off the bat.

    Okay, here's the deal. Sometimes I feel like the "even if" subordinate clause fits less under the category of subordinate clause and more under the category of non-essential element, which we can put a comma in front of.

    What say the experts here?

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    Id appreciate a response back, even if that response is to say you are unable to work with me.

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    Re: Aren't there certain situations when a comma can precede "even if"?

    Commas are used more liberally or conservatively depending on the person who is doing the writing. I, for example, would use a comma in the sentence you provided. Others may not. I use commas more liberally. If there is a need for a pause, I include one.

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    Re: Aren't there certain situations when a comma can precede "even if"?

    I'm a comma minimalist but I agree entirely with Dave in this case. I'd probably not use a comma in a shorter sentence.

    'We'll play golf even if it rains.'

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