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Are there rules (formal, of thumb, or otherwise) governing the best placement of a parenthetical clause?

When you insert a nonrestrictive clause into a sentence within parenthesis it normally either clarifies what immediately appears before it or qualifies what immediately follows. Regarding your ...
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When do we not put a comma before "because"?

I agree with Jason's excellent answer, except their assertion that I ran because I was afraid and I ran, because I was afraid have the exact same meaning. Only the former is a proper answer to ...
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listing comma correct usage

A change occurred, it affected the benefit, the claimant knew it, and they failed to declare the change. There are no rules that limit the number of items in a series though the usual number is three....
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listing comma correct usage

A change occurred, it affected the benefit, the claimant knew it, and they failed to declare the change.* This is a series of statements. There’s nothing wrong here. It’s a style question. I could ...
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listing comma correct usage

A change occurred, it affected the benefit, the claimant knew it, and they failed to declare the change. If you removed "the claimant knew it" as you suggest then it may not be clear who &...
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Does "if and only if" takes a comma?

I'll go to the theater if and only if it rains. I have not come across the use of commas before and or bracketing and only if in if and only if. That would be a wrong usage. We consider two types of ...
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Why is there a comma before "after" in this sentence?

The comma changes the meaning of "Day 2". If there is no comma, Day 2 is Day 2 from when the US pulled out of the deal. If the comma is present Day 2 is not tied to the day that the US ...
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Is comma used to join two dependent clauses?

Comma rules for relative (adjective) clauses OP gave two sentences, both of which contain adjective clauses.. Adjective clauses may be restrictive or non-restrictive. Restrictive Clause A restrictive ...
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Is comma used to join two dependent clauses?

In answer to the question in your title - no, a comma is not used to join two dependent clauses. Dependent clauses cannot stand alone as complete sentences and typically need to be connected to an ...
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Use of comma before coordinating conjunction that starts a dependent clause

Comma rule in a compound sentence. Use a comma before and, but, or, nor, for, so, or yet to join two independent clauses that form a compound sentence. What is a compound sentence? A compound sentence ...
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a man tall and strong

I talked to a tall and strong man like you. This suggests that the speaker considers the listener to be a tall and strong man, similar to the one the speaker talked to. It is left unclear whether the ...
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a man tall and strong

The post-position of coordinated adjectives can be an oral storytelling feature, and for that reason it can sound archaic: They came to a dale deep and wooded. But it occurs often enough in everyday ...
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a man tall and strong

Number 1 I talked to a tall and strong man like you. This sounds a little bit awkward, and could mean that the speaker talked to a man similar to the listener. Since the speaker notes that the man ...
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