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For example:

  1. John Smith works at Google, and when he is not working, he likes to travel down to Santa Monica to take long walks on the beach.

  2. John Smith works at Google and when he is not working, he likes to travel down to Santa Monica to take long walks on the beach.

From what I have seen people type online, this varies so much. Also, online searches yield no results on the exact comma rule in cases such as this.

  • Answered here: english.stackexchange.com/q/42811/242381 – Mark D Worthen PsyD Jul 17 '17 at 0:58
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    Sidenote: You are missing a pronoun, twice. "...and when he is not working..." – Mark D Worthen PsyD Jul 17 '17 at 1:01
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    The need for the comma does not change because the second half ends up being long. For more drama, there is even an argument for one more: "And, when he is not working, he..." – Yosef Baskin Jul 17 '17 at 3:36
  • @MarkDWorthenPsyD thanks for sharing. It clarified comma usage for me. Also, I included the two missing pronouns. I should have caught those errors before posting. – user241429 Jul 18 '17 at 22:54
  • @tatronchan - Sure thing. I miss typos in my posts quite often. :^] – Mark D Worthen PsyD Jul 18 '17 at 23:40

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