I've always been interested in music, as far as I can remember.

I've always been interested in music as far as I can remember.

What's the correct option? Or at least the most common one?

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    I think it depends on the meaning you're after. With the comma I'd interpret it as putting a caveat on the previous statement: I've always been interested in music, [at least] as far as I can remember, that is. Without the comma it is expressing the great length of time over which your interest has spanned: As far back as I can remember, I've always been interested in music.
    – Jim
    Apr 22, 2015 at 4:20
  • @Jim hey, you're right. Why don't you post this as an answer? It's pretty good.
    – wyc
    Apr 22, 2015 at 5:42
  • Actually, @Jim is just partly right here. With the comma, the sentence means as he suggests *(at least as far . . . ). But the statement without the comma does not make sense. Apr 22, 2015 at 10:53

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The sentence does need a comma there because the dependent clause as far as I can remember adds nonessential information following an independent clause.

Note the main rule about a dependent clause following an independent clause in a complex sentence, and (pertinant here), the exception to the rule that follows.

Rule: If the independent clause comes before the dependent clause, omit the comma.

   You shouldn’t be driving if you can’t see without your glasses.

   Our flight has been delayed because of the thunderstorm.

Exception to the rule: If the dependent clause is not essential to the meaning of the sentence, it should be set off with a comma.

   I cannot agree with his position on that issue, though I don’t doubt
   his sincerity. (Not doubting his sincerity is not the reason I cannot agree with his position; it is
   merely an additional piece of information.)

From The Punctuation Guide

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    -1 because the dependent clause of the second sentence does not have to be read as adding 'extra information'
    – user6951
    Apr 22, 2015 at 13:32

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