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I was told not to use a comma before some adverbs such as 'because', although' , but I found a sentence in a textbook on learning English like this:
To date, we have not traced it, although we are usually very efficient when dealing with incoming remittances.
Why is there a comma in front of 'although'? Is it a modern usage?
Thanks in advance.
Anonymous:Please see this
Don't put a comma after the main clause when a dependent (subordinate) clause follows it (except for
cases of extreme contrast).
(from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_comma.html )
Anonymous:i see it a lot nowadays (before although)... so i gues its ok... before becuase i wouldn't use a comma... thts wat i've been taught...
Anonymous:You should not put a comma after the main clause when a dependent (subordinate) clause follows it except for cases of extreme contrast. I guess the sentence above can be considered an extreme contrast. For example;
Incorrect: She was late for class, because her alarm clock was broken.
Incorrect: The cat scratched at the door, while I was eating.
Correct: She was still quite upset, although she had won the Oscar. (This comma use is correct because it is an example of extreme contrast)
Anonymous:Thanks for your answer. Using a comma in cases of extreme contrast makes sense!
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