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Do I need a comma between again and so? It looks like it's a run on sentence.

Are you going to be able to give us access to Las Vegas again so we can at least jump back and forth between the servers to find files?

  • It is not a run-on sentence; the so constituent is a dependent subordinate clause functioning as a purpose adjunct (adverbial); not an independent one and hence not able to cause a 'run-on' construction. – BillJ Aug 12 '16 at 18:52
  • I'd add a comma here, though only for ease of reading: Are you going to be able to give us access to Las Vegas again, so that we can at least jump back and forth between the servers to find files? – Edwin Ashworth Aug 12 '16 at 19:26
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Edit: Original answer was wrong; all credit to BillJ for the correct answer (in comments)

Although the so clause is finite and hence appears to be an independent main clause, it is in fact subordinate (dependent). It gives the purpose of us giving access to Las Vegas again (hence 'purpose adjunct'). It is marked as subordinate by the subordinator "so"; thus the clause must be subordinate, not independent. Adjuncts are optional elements that are not required grammatically.

  • I wouldn't go along with that. The so clause is not an independent one; it is a subordinate (dependent) clause functioning as a purpose adjunct. – BillJ Aug 12 '16 at 18:43
  • What does that mean? Can someone help explains it in more details? – user142781 Aug 12 '16 at 20:47
  • @BillJ How so? I don't understand what you mean by "purpose adjunct" – Tony Aug 12 '16 at 21:19
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    @Tony Although the so clause is finite and hence appears to be an independent main clause, it is in fact subordinate (dependent). It gives the purpose of us giving access to Las Vegas again (hence 'purpose adjunct'). It is marked as subordinate by the subordinator "so"; thus the clause must be subordinate, not independent. Adjuncts are optional elements that are not required grammatically. – BillJ Aug 13 '16 at 7:57
  • @user142781 Please see my message to Tony, above. – BillJ Aug 13 '16 at 7:58

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