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Or even She realized that, because Paul took the money, he was an accessory to her crime. all three are accepted. The trend is towards lighter punctuation. And since there is no confusion in a short sentence like this, choose no comma. That is the current trend. The current principle is to read the sentence out loud and listen for the punctuation. ...


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Although still works OK in the first sentence; it's not impossible. Your example just happens to be capable of bearing the meaning "in spite of the fact that . . ". You could even use "but" in that particular sentence. "Although" fails as a subordinating conjunction when there is no reasonable expectation of one thing from the other. You wouldn't say ...


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Because while is serving two different functions in both sentences, ie. Although or whereas. While can also mean 'occurring at the same time', like in the sentence "while my parents were cooking, I was watching TV". You can't substitute 'although' or 'whereas' for 'while' there either without changing the tone of the sentence. Sometimes words just have ...



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