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    comma

    Hi,

    could you please tell me whether a comma is used before "if" in sub-ordinate clauses starting with "if"?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: comma

    There is no rule for a comma before if, but you may see a comma in that position because of some other rule.

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    #3

    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hi,

    could you please tell me whether a comma is used before "if" in sub-ordinate clauses starting with "if"?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka
    Normally, no.

    When an "if" clause begins a sentence it is followed by a comma in most cases. When an "if" clause follows the main clause, it is not usually preceded by a comma.

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