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    We wanted to try a new restaurant, so we went to Taste of Thai.

    Hi teachers

    Can you explain to me this clause, "We wanted to try a new restaurant, so we went to Taste of Thai." I thought when main clause stands before subordinate clause, we use no punctuation. Why we put a commas here, is that because "so" is not a Subordinate Conjunctions ??

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    Re: We wanted to try a new restaurant, so we went to Taste of Thai.

    The conjunction "so" joins the two independent clauses, so the comma is required.
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    Re: We wanted to try a new restaurant, so we went to Taste of Thai.

    Can you help me to recognise an independent and dependent clause. I have read a lot on the internet but still cannot tell sometimes.

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    Re: We wanted to try a new restaurant, so we went to Taste of Thai.

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    Hi teachers

    Can you explain to me this clause, "We wanted to try a new restaurant, so we went to Taste of Thai." I thought when main clause stands before subordinate clause, we use no punctuation. Why we put a commas here, is that because "so" is not a Subordinate Conjunctions ??

    Thanks
    First, "so" is indeed a subordinating conjunction here. Its job is to introduce the subordinate clause "so we went to Taste of Thai" which is functioning as an adjunct (adverbial) of reason.

    There's no hard and fast rule about using a comma to set off a subordinate clause; you'll often see one, but it's by no means a foolproof indication that the clause that follows it is subordinate.
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