Why is there a comma in an inverted scentence

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Title says, no one in my class can figure it out grade 8 English. I'm thinking it has to do with clauses?
 

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You're right. The comma separates the main clause from its subordinate clause. Here are two examples. (The subordinate clauses are underlined.)

[1] Had he understood the problem, he wouldn't have committed those mistakes.

[2] Should he decide to come, please telephone.

:);-)
 
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