Is it correct to have a comma after "so" when "if" comes right after it? Example: "I visited California for a week. So[,] if you were wondering where I was, there's your answer."

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    Commas are often a question of style and intonation that you want to give to the sentence. In your case I'd definitely use a comma.
    – user5267
    Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 18:57
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    It is very important to understand that it is neither correct nor incorrect to place a comma after so in your sentence. For every person who will omit the comma, there is another person who will use the comma, and both of them will be correct. Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 19:25

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It's not always required, but it is correct in your example. In the case of your example, the section "if you were wondering where I was" is a separate thought or element, so it is offset from the rest of the sentence by the commas. It could be omitted or retained, and the meaning would be the same. Personally, I tend to put in commas quite frequently, wherever a spoken sentence might have a brief pause or a change in tone. I find it easier to parse the text that way.

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