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"From time to time, a political story emerges that is so silly, I begin to worry if I am in fact not covering politics at all, but have actually been hit by a large object and fallen into a deep coma, or perhaps have accidentally ingested a great quantity of mind-altering drugs."

(From inews.)

Is I begin to worry if I am in fact not covering politics at all a subordinate clause with the subordinator "that" ellipted or are there two independent clauses separated by the comma in the paragraph above?

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"From time to time, a political story emerges that is so silly that I begin to worry if I am in fact not covering politics at all, but have actually been hit by a large object and fallen into a deep coma, or perhaps have accidentally ingested a great quantity of mind-altering drugs."

(From inews.)

Is I begin to worry if I am in fact not covering politics at all a subordinate clause with the subordinator "that" ellipted Yes

or are there two independent clauses separated by the comma in the paragraph above? No

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Thank you for the reply.

CliveIs I begin to worry if I am in fact not covering politics at all a subordinate clause with the subordinator "that" ellipted Yes

If this is a case, then, in my opinion, the comma after "so silly" is redundant as the following it subordinate that-clause is its complement.