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    A comma before 'although?'

    If two main points are left out, your assignment will still be complete, although full marks cannot be given.

    I have placed a comma after 'out' because the sentence begins with 'if.' I don't know whether there should be a comma before 'although.' I think the sentence sounds best with a comma but I don't think there should be one because 'although full marks cannot be given ' is a subordinate clause that comes after the main clause. If it was the other way around - Although full marks cannot be given, your assignment will still be complete - than I would use a comma. Am I correct?

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    Re: A comma before 'although?'

    Delete the comma after "out". Alternatively, you could write it like this: "Although your assignment will be considered complete if up to two main points are left out, full marks cannot be given."
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    Re: A comma before 'although?'

    I would leave the first comma in. "If [condition], [result]": "If I see him, I will give him an apple."

    I would also keep the comma before "although".
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    Re: A comma before 'although?'

    I too would leave the first comma in. Punctuation is an art, not a science, but I always put one in after the if- clause if it comes at the beginning of a sentence.


    It seems a bit debatable that something can be considered complete but not able to get full marks- it sounds more like it could pass with two things missing.

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