I am trying to find a worksheet or just some examples that will demonstrate to my students when they should put a comma before the word "because", and why in most instances there isn't a comma before "because".
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Check wire.rutgers.edu, where there's a document titled "The Comma: Major Uses and Worst Abuses." Scroll down to No. 4 for the answer to your question. It's very precise and understandable. -- L.
That's exactly right. Without the comma the "because my sister" part is a restrictive clause, and therefore makes it appear that "my sister" was the cause of Nixon's resignation. With a comma before because, the balance of the sentence from "because" onward is merely a dependent clause.
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That depends on whether you are following the American English or British grammar rules pertaining to punctuation and quotation marks.
When writing a sentence and you use the word "because" do you insert the comma after the word or before? For instance, I wrote you a note because, I did not understand where to insert the comma.
If a comma is required, insert it BEFORE 'because'.
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if a sentence starts with the cause,we put a comma in the middle of the sentence.But if the cause is in the second part of the sentence and the action is in the first part,you must not put a comma.for example;Because i was ill,i didn't go to school.

or;I didn' go to school because i wass ill.

It is ok,i think.
I think it comes down to the flow of the sentence in most cases. I personally do not use comma before "because" too often and I can't remember the last time I did.

Paul is successful because of his uncompromising attitude toward life.

I am not very happy with Susan's response because she didn't bother to investigate the facts and the sequence of events. A comma would impeded the flow of the sentences in my opinion.
I am not very happy with Susan's response because she didn't bother to investigate the facts and the sequence of events
The problem, dimsum, is this: "If you're not happy because she didn't bother, then why are you unhappy?"– this interpretation is very available if you do not use a comma before 'because'.

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Hello Mr. M,

Thanks for the reply. I am open for informative idea. I take it then you would place a comma before "because" regarding the sentiment toward Susan; is that a safe assumption? Additionally, would it be confusing for any reader to decipher this message without the comma?
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