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How to use Commas When an Introductory Clause Precedes a Dependent/Subordinate Clause

I think we all agree that most introductory clauses are set off by commas. E.g.: In 1982, John Smith went to battle in Spain. Moreover, the monkeys all ate bread. I think we also agree that ...
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Do you put a comma after an introductory clause if it's a part of a dependent clause?

E.g. I knew that although he had a problem we could still work through it. ` OR I knew that although he had a problem, we could still work through it. Usually, when using conjunctive adverbs, ...
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Comma preceding “with” clause at end of sentence

I read a sentence that I found very awkward: "This March was the hottest of the decade with every day above average." My brain wants to add a comma before "with." I know one way to avoid the ...
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Dependent clause and when to know

He was running with one hand up, on the floor. Or He was running on the floor with one hand up. Which is correct and also how do we know the dependent clause
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Difference between dependent and independent clauses

In the sentence "It's raining, but I'm happy," "but" is a coordinating conjunction. Both of the clauses are independent, right? However, doesn't "I'm happy even though it's raining" mean the same ...
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Limitations of Subordination and Nested Clauses

I'm an English teacher who often has to grapple with explaining to students the complexity of clause structure in English, and after reading an article about various 'longest sentences' in fiction, I ...
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Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there seems to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?

Actually, my question is a perfect example - "Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there SEEMS to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?" This one seems easy to me, in ...
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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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Is “I got lost trying to find” correct?

I read this paragraph: - Why didn't you come to Alex's house last night? We were all expecting to see you there. + Oh, I'm sorry about that. I got lost trying to find Alex's house. Which one is ...
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What's the rule for bare infinitive in a dependent clause? [duplicate]

I've been reading a chapter in a certain (programming) book and stumbled upon the following sentences (and I'm sure I've seen more examples like this in the book): Since randomized tests are ...
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What is actually a simple sentence?

From "Literary Devices" (literarydevices.net) A simple sentence in grammar has only one main or independent clause and no dependent or subordinate clauses. Comprising a subject and a predicate, ...
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Is this an independent or dependent clause?

Look at the following example 'But she was so tired, she did not finish painting.' Is the first clause an independent or dependent clause? If it is an independent clause, should I remove the comma ...
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Is the word “should” superfluous in this sentence?

"That you should behave like this is strange". Will this sentence be grammatically correct if I remove the word "should", from it ?
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Question Regarding Comma vs Colon

Consider the following sentence: In 2013 Tallinn, Estonia, instituted fare-free rides for city residents (becoming the largest city in the world to do so), but car use in Tallinn has only slightly ...
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I'm struggling to identify the clause/subordinate clauses in this sentence

'Today, people can still see some of the marble stones that were used to build the Mausoleum.' I understand 'that' is connecting the sentence, but there is no subject after 'that' so im a bit ...
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Punctuating a list at the end of a dependent clause?

From what I've gathered, it's best to place a list at the end of a sentence. But I'm having a hard time fixing the following sentences without affecting the meaning. The sentences in question: But ...
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Dependent clause w/list *comma or semicolon* followed by independent clause

Should we use a semicolon or comma when an adverbial dependent clause containing a list is followed by an independent clause? While not everyone is a Newton, Einstein, or Hawking, every one of them ...
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Can we use “this is” as a main clause? And can an independent clause start with the word “then”?

This is because they have already gone home. In this sentence "because they have already gone home" is an dependent clause of independent clause "this is". Here my doubt is "this is" a main ...
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Why isn’t this instance of “so” preceded by a comma even though it’s beginning a new independent clause?

William Strunk writes in the 1914 edition of his Elements of Style: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. ... Two-part sentences of which the second member ...
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Type of clause- terms

On these first two examples of dependent clauses within the sentence. Where is the main clause if you remove the dependent clause? What the girl did was not very helpful. The trophy goes to whoever ...
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Semicolon or comma in a long sentence with series?

I have been taught different things regarding when to use a semicolon or a comma to separate the items in a series in a long sentence. Take the sentence below: If you do not like what I have to say,...
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Is this an independent or a dependent clause?

Is this an independent or a dependent clause? You will have to fly from Copenhagen.
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Split a dependent clause from an independent clause

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 ...
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Sentence breakdown

So I was trying to breakdown this sentence to identify its components into its main sentence and clauses. Here is the sentence: Some economists now suggest that home equality loans are merely a new ...
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Can a phrase that needs more to make a complete thought ever be its own sentence? [closed]

Can a phrase that needs more to make a complete thought ever be its own sentence? What about the following phrase that begins with preposition "for"? I'm waiting for the answer. For any reply at ...
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Are wh-words conjunctions when they begin a dependent (wh-) clause? [duplicate]

According to "A glossary of English Grammar" by Goeffrey Leech: "The wh-words are: who, whom, whose, which, what, how, when, where, why." In the paragraph where Leech defines the term conjunction ...
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What makes the two clauses in this sentence independent clauses?

As I understand it, an independent clause can make sense without depending on another clause or sentence. However, in the example I'm looking at, they've stated that these are independent clauses, ...
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“That these … makes” – why “makes” and what is the role of “that”? [closed]

I have the following sentence: That these skills are transferable makes them especially beneficial. My question is “simple”: Why makes? (Of course, because of that.) But, does that mean something –...
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How do you identify independent and dependent clauses? (with example)

Consider these four examples: (1) I come bearing soup, and Kate is sick. (2) I come bearing soup, for Kate is sick. (3) I come bearing soup because Kate is sick. (4) Kate is sick, so ...
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With a direct quote—placement of a comma separating dependent and independent clauses: inside the close quotation mark or after the citation? [closed]

I have been looking for the answer to this for some time. I get close, but never find the exact answer (or question for that matter). In the following sentence, should the comma fall after "...
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Can 'either or' begin a sentence?

This is part of the transcript of a trial running in the UK where a husband is accused of the attempted murder of his wife by tampering with her parachute : I can't remember if I pulled the reserve ...
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Several dependent clauses connected with “or”

my problem sentence is the following: After completion, or due to termination, the car picks up the crew members and flies them back to the moon. I would like to make those commas as I put them ...
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Use of then as a dependent conjunction [duplicate]

First of all, I understand that then cannot be used as a conjunction with simply a comma (lacking a semicolon or start of new sentence) to connect two independent clauses and that a semicolon or a ...
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Can “where” ever be used as the subject of a relative/adjective clause?

Here's the sentence that was confusing: He went back to Santa Monica which was his hometown. Why can't "which" be replaced with "where"? "Where" can be used as a relative pronoun, but it's doesn'...
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Do I include or omit a comma before a conjunction that come after an independent clause and before a dependent clause and another independent clause?

For example: 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. John Smith works at Google and when he is not working, ...
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What's this syntax called: “Him being the nice person he is, helped her.”?

Or "He, being the nice person that he is, helped her." Which one is correct and what's the construction called?
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Commas before non-restrictive subordinating conjunctions?

It's said that a comma shouldn't be placed before a dependent clause when it comes after the independent clause, but what about when the dependent clause is non-restrictive? For example: "I can't ...
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The reason being

The beaches are empty these days, the reason being that people are increasingly worried about high levels of UV radiation. The beaches are empty these days. The reason being is that people are ...
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That-clause (content clause) as an adjunct?

According to CGEL, that-clause can function as an adjunct. The following sentence is an example from page 952 of CGEL. He appealed to us to bring his case to the attention of the authorities that ...
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Do I use “be” or “is” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? I request that my proposal is communicated to the team for necessary action. I request that my proposal be communicated to the team for necessary action. ...
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How do you distinguish between the future tense with noun clauses versus those with time clause?

I am confused about using the future tense in noun clauses versus time clauses. I know that the future tense is not used in time clauses, but that it can be used with noun clauses. However, I am ...
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Conjunction Puzzle: Is this clause dependent or independent?

Third grade teacher here. I plan to teach students to distinguish between simple, compound and complex sentences — but only if I can demonstrate a clear and meaningful difference between the latter ...
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past progressive with dependent clause — dependent clause types in the face of ambiguity

I'm trying to explain how to contrast the following two sentences in a meaningful - detailed - way. I was eating when a bee stung me. I was eating when I was on a break. The intention is to ...
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“Why was the girl that/who had plenty of money arrested”

Why is that used in the following sentence, instead of who? Why was the girl that had plenty of money arrested for shoplifting some trinkets worth only about two dollars?
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Punctuation of dependent clauses with a common subject [closed]

I am wondering whether the following sentence is punctuated properly: From the previous section, the operator A is skew-adjoint; has compact resolvents; and thus has the required conditions.
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Is there any syntax error in my sentence?

I am not sure whether the following sentence is syntax correct or not. It's have been nearly one month that I didn't receive any task from my leader. I know there is another sentence that can ...
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Can 'or' have a comma before it if it starts a dependent clause?

For example, is All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone, or in this case, be pushed out of it. or All I had to do was step out of my comfort zone or in this case, be pushed out of it. ...
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Does this sentence exemplify an adverbial clause?

On the Wikipedia page for 'Dependent clause,' on the subject of 'Dependent words,' there is provided an example which supposedly presents an adverbial clause, viz., "Wherever she goes, she leaves an ...
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what is the type of fragment in this?

"Marina dove into the ocean depths, her tail slapping the surface dismissively" I want to know if this is comma splice or a sort of correct usage of a clause. I don't think its adjective clause, but ...
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When it is appropriate to use “-ing” in a dependent clause?

I tend to use sentences like these ones in my writings: "Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee." "Congress passed the brand new tariff act, increasing the prices of imported goods." ...