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The first clause in the following sentence has no subject, nor verb:

From the first agricultural settlements to the rich Emirates of the Arabian peninsula, the Middle East has always had an important significance for the world since its rise.

Is a comma possible? Or should I split the clauses by a colon, semi-colon, or maybe an em-dash; however, I've read all can't be used with dependent clauses.

  • There is something wrong with the main clause: "...since its rise." implies a period that began in the past but which continues into the present, so "already had", which necessarily refers to something that had occurred ('already') before a definite time in the past. Do you mean something like " ...has always had... from the beginnings of human history "? – JeremyC Mar 26 '18 at 16:02
  • I will change it. The sentence was translated from Dutch, but the structure, however, remains the same. – user175035 Mar 26 '18 at 16:04
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    What you are calling a dependent clause is not a clause at all, but two coordinated preposition phrases: "from ... to ...". They function as supplements, and the comma is fine. – BillJ Mar 26 '18 at 16:08
  • your title: form = from? – lbf Mar 26 '18 at 16:13

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