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Does using 'the fact that' at the start require a comma in the sentence?

The fact that Julie got help when she needed it [,] showed her humility.

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I wouldn't use a comma. Despite the opening "the fact that", the sentence structure has a simple subject-verb-object structure. No comma is needed. You can see that more clearly if we rearrange the OP sentence into two different sentences:

Julie got help when she needed it. This showed her humility.

We wouldn't say "This, showed her humility", with a comma. I'd omit the comma in the OP for the same reason.

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Does using 'the fact that' at the start require a comma in the sentence?

The subject is a noun phrase plus a defining relative clause -> {The fact that Julie got help when she needed it} and subjects should not normally be separated from their verb by a comma:

*John, jumped over the fence.

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