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    He got up early, so he would be able to...

    He got up early, so he would be able to finish his essay.

    Is it wrong to use comma like in the above? [And, please tell me whether it should be only 'above' here instead of 'in the above'].

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    Last edited by MeyaN; 22-Feb-2017 at 06:05.
    P.S. Please correct any errors above.

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    Re: He got up early, so he would be able to...

    I'd simply say 'He got up early to finish his essay'.

    You could say 'Is it wrong to use a comma in the above sentence?'

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    Re: He got up early, so he would be able to...

    I wouldn't use the comma there, but I can't say that I feel strongly about it.

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    Re: He got up early, so he would be able to...

    'The seven coordinating conjunctions used as connecting words at the beginning of an independent clause are and, but, for, or, nor, so, and yet. When the second independent clause in a sentence begins with a coordinating conjunction, a comma is needed before the coordinating conjunction.'──quoted from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/598/01/

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Is it wrong to use comma like in the above?
    I would write 'Is it wrong to use the comma above?'.
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    #5

    Re: He got up early, so he would be able to...

    The comma changes the sentence's meaning.

    He got up early so he could finish his essay means he chose to get up early in order to be able to finish his essay. So he could means "in order to".
    He got up early, so he could finish his essay means he would be able to finish his essay because he got up early. So​ means "therefore".
    Last edited by GoesStation; 22-Feb-2017 at 18:37. Reason: To improve the post.
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    Re: He got up early, so he would be able to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'When the second independent clause in a sentence begins with a coordinating conjunction, a comma is needed before the coordinating conjunction.'──quoted from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/598/01/.
    We are not quite that dogmatic in British English.

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