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So I just saw this quote:

"If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying."

Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?

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Yes, it is needed.

It's all about representing what you would do when you speak, with a comma indicating a pause.

If you were speaking your sentence, you would pause after "If anyone needs me". Therefore, you need the comma.

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  • And the reason for the down vote? Jun 14 '17 at 0:28
  • Because what you are saying is a common misconception of what a comma is. The comma is represented by a pause in speech, but a pause in speech is not represented by the comma.
    – Max
    Oct 29 '17 at 16:12
  • @Max Thanks. What's your source? Oct 29 '17 at 16:38
  • Every source dealing with punctuation. There are many style guides. One of the most popular of such is the Chicago Manual of Style.
    – Max
    Oct 29 '17 at 16:43
  • @Max Thanks. I'll check it out. How would you have answered this question? Oct 29 '17 at 17:05

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