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    #1

    She would never have become interested in him, had she known (comma)

    Hi,

    If clause-inversion

    - She would never have become interested in him had she known that Gatsby was not from ''much the same strata as herself . . . [and] fully able to take care of her.''

    This sentence is from Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide by Lois Tyson, p.72.

    I would like to ask why the author does not use a comma before 'had' in that sentence. Is it optional? Will it better:

    - She would never have become interested in him, had she known that Gatsby was not from ''much the same strata as herself . . . [and] fully able to take care of her.''

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    #2

    Re: She would never have become interested in him, had she known (comma)

    'The main clause can also be at the beginning of the sentence. In this case, don't use a comma.'── quoted from https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/gra...ntences/type-1

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    #3

    Re: She would never have become interested in him, had she known (comma)

    Does it go for the inversion? I think the sentence that I have quoted from Tyson needs a comma because some may want a pause when reading it.

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    #4

    Re: She would never have become interested in him, had she known (comma)

    I don't want it, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: She would never have become interested in him, had she known (comma)

    The comma is appropriate if you have the "had she known.." in front.

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=had+h...&findid=-1&ff=
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