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Pretending to do things he can hardly do while others look at him in awe(,) is his thing.

Should there be a comma there? If so, what are some other similar constructions where you'd use a comma?

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No, you should not use a comma there.

The structure of the sentence is fundamentally "X is Y". You don't use a comma there, because that would make it "X, is Y" and you don't use a comma between the subject and the verb there.

Your example sentence has a very long X (the subject of the sentence) but it is fundamentally just one phrase: "Pretending to do things he can hardly do while others look at him in awe" is just one singular subject.

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  • Could help me with one more thing? And this one's a participle phrase. – Soumya Ghosh Mar 19 '18 at 17:07

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