I know a similar question was asked before, but I didn't understood it (call me stupid or idiot).(Comma before "because.")
As it is evident from this site that a comma must precede the conjunction before but only when there are two meanings.
Question: What did you like about camp?
Answer: I liked swimming and hiking because they were fun.
Does he need a comma before because they were fun?
The short answer is no.
Another example is given where it is advised to put a comma before because:
- He didn’t run because he was afraid.
Without a comma, you don’t know whether the writer means that the reason the man didn’t run was that he was afraid or whether the writer means there was some different reason the man didn’t run.
If you put a comma before because (He didn’t run, because he was afraid), it’s clear that the part after the comma is extra information: the reason the man didn’t run—because he was afraid.
Isn't it obvious that he didn't run because he was afraid? Just like the first example it was obvious that he liked swimming and hiking because they were fun?
Can anyone please illuminate this matter to me in simple terms?