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.
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These particular commas (before subordinating conjunctions) are used rather cavalierly these days, and depend more on the writer's view of the restrictiveness of the clause.
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 )
1. She was late for class, because her alarm clock was broken. (incorrect)
2. The cat scratched at the door, while I was eating. (incorrect)
3. She was still quite upset, although she had won the Oscar. (correct: extreme contrast)
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...
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)
Thanks for your answer. Using a comma in cases of extreme contrast makes sense!
When u check "although" in a dictionary, u find two meanings for it; 1. in spite of the fact that, and 2. but or however. You need to use a comma before the independent clause starting with although when it is used in its second sense.
I checked with the online Oxford dictionary and under the first meaning for although which is 'in spite of the fact that', it gave a few more examples. I copied them to paste here. In the second example, a comma is used despite of the fact that the although in that example falls into the first category of use.
Can anyone explain why that is so? Thank you.
- He likes the fact that although the club has a cosmopolitan feel it still clings to old values.
- We can agree the deletion of the second paragraph, although this is a statement of fact.
- We kept on coming back on safaris, but although we longed to move here we knew it was just a distant dream.
AnonymousYou need to use a comma before the independent clause starting with although when it is used in its second sense.