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I was writing a sentence, and I later realized that this sentence might need punctuation. Which one would be the correct sentence: with a comma or without a comma

Below are the topics we will be covering on Day-1.

Below are the topics, we will be covering on Day-1.

I think a comma is required after "topics" because "Below are the topics" is a dependent clause and the next clause is independent.

  • If you keep the comma, you need to add which after it. (And the phrase after the comma is not independent; it could not stand on its own as a sentence.) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 2 at 15:32
  • A restrictive relative clause (whether introduced by 'that', 'which', 'who'... or the zero relativiser) is not set off by a comma. So 'Below are the topics we will be covering on Day 1' / 'Below are the topics that we will be covering on Day 1' / 'Below are the topics which we will be covering on Day 1' //// A nonrestrictive clause cannot have a zero relativiser (so 'Below are topics A and B, which we will be covering on Day 1'). – Edwin Ashworth Jul 2 at 16:10
  • Thank you, Jason & Edwin. – Nitin Jul 2 at 17:26
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Definitely without the comma. "The topics we will be covering on day 1" is all part of the same clause; "we will be covering on day 1" doesn't work on its own. If it was a separate clause you would use a comma; imagine something like "You can find the topics below, the course will be starting on day 1." (Though I'd probably prefer a semi colon in that example).

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