Mark Twain understood that lampooning a bad idea with humor was the most effective criticism.
I just can't help but feel there's a comma in there somewhere, but I can't figure it out!!
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In clauses with a long subject such as lampooning a bad idea with humor, we do sometimes make a mini-pause in speech before the verb, which is why some pople would place a comma after humor. However this would be incorrect. One of the few absolute rules of English punctuation is that we must not separate a verb from its subject by a single comma.