Is the following comma after "because" correct or not?

I don't like flowers because, they smell bad.

If not, why?

For reference, my full sentence:

An effective leader is who connects skills and personalities which are shaped by experience, and not always realistic to leadership expectations without sex difference because, accomplishment oriented development efforts in American culture and are often effective whether qualities of traits are masculine or feminine as long as has empathetic influence towards tasks.

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    Unless for some reason your putting a parenthetical element after 'because', a comma should never come after it. – Walblues Nov 18 '18 at 19:24
  • Umm... unless your using it as a noun as I did in the previous comment. lol – Walblues Nov 18 '18 at 19:27
  • Welcome to SE! What research have you done regarding commas and because? – miltonaut Nov 19 '18 at 1:15
  • Strangely, I could find no stated rule that a comma should not come after because. I simply know that it shouldn't. (Unless, as per the first comment here, what comes after is a subordinate clause.) There could be a series of grammar rules that, in combination, result in such a conclusion. – Jason Bassford Nov 19 '18 at 3:16

No, you can't, but you can say this instead:

I don't like flowers, because they smell bad.

Anyway it doesn't sound natural, but it's correct. It's better if you say

I don't like flowers because they smell bad.

  • thanks, btw i'm trying to find a written rule? How do you exactly give this answer, "better" according to whom? – Umut Nov 18 '18 at 18:42
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    The two examples you provided have completely different meanings. – Walblues Nov 18 '18 at 19:25
  • The first sentence: Flowers smell bad and that's why I don't like them. The second sentence: It's not due to them smelling bad that I like flowers (there is some other reason I like them). – Jason Bassford Nov 19 '18 at 3:18

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