I want to know if adding a comma before the word "before" would be correct or not.

I had been struggling to find partners for three years before I found the best partners who helped me to learn English.

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    I don't find Past Perfect Continuous had been struggling particularly idiomatic when coupled with before I found X in your example. If you're going to start with a continuous form, I think you should repeat it in the adverbial clause: I had been struggling to find partners for three years before finding the best partners. But actually I think I'd still prefer the continuous for the second clause regardless of whether you just use Simple Past in the first one: I struggled to find partners for three years before I finding the best partners. The comma is optional. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Sep 24 '19 at 15:38
  • What is better of them? I had been struggling or I struggled. – Abu Omar Sep 24 '19 at 16:01
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    I don't think "better" is really a relevant issue as regards the Simple or Perfect Continuous choice. It really is just a stylistic choice for native speakers, but as a general rule of thumb I'd advise learners to stick with simpler tense forms whenever there seems to be a choice. The business about the comma is also just a stylistic choice (but ask yourself whether you'd pause in speech, since that's all the comma represents). But I'm not sure if there are valid grammatical / syntactic grounds for me not liking the specific combination of tenses + before in your example. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Sep 24 '19 at 16:14

I think it is not possible in the sentence but if you begin with a subordinate clause you have to use a comma as in the given sentence.

Before I found the best partners who help me to learn English, I had been struggling hard to find parterns

If we begin the sentence with a subordinate clause we have to use the comma before the main clause.

If you work hard, you will pass.

You will pass if you work hard.

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