I'm working on this sentence: "The new rule should not affect section 2607 claims even if the claim does not allege a serious violation."

Do I need a comma before "even if"? I think "even if" is a subordinating conjunction here and starts an adverbial phrase. The phrase beginning with "even if" seems nonrestrictive to me so I'd say it needs a comma. Is that right?

EDIT: Slight change to phrase beginning with "even if" - the real thing is longer and more complex but I over-simplified it.

  • Syntactically, the position occupied by the claim does not allege that a serious violation should contain text that could in principle stand alone as a complete sentence (but obviously it doesn't). The presence (or absence) of a comma is a stylistic choice, imho. Or you could use a dash, or enclose that final element in brackets - whatever floats your boat, as they say. – FumbleFingers Sep 23 '16 at 21:19
  • I would put a comma there, as the 'even if' phrase is additional information to the 'new rule' phrase. Having said that, I wouldn't declare it absolutely wrong if you choose not to. – Roaring Fish Sep 24 '16 at 7:44

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