Comma in Complex Sentence



Comma in Complex Sentence :



In Complex sentences the following rules regarding the use of Commas should be noted.

(a) A Noun Clause is not usually separated by a Comma from the Principal Clause.

1. It is generally agreed that the art of teaching is difficult.
2. No one knows when he will come.
3. His being promoted depends upon whether he is hard working or not.

But Noun Clauses must be separated from each other by Commas when they are Objects or Subjects to the same Verb.

1. No one knows when he will come, or whether he will come at all, or whether he is even alive.

2. Who he was, or why he came, or what he intends to do, will all be found out in time.

(b) An Adjective Clause is not separated from the Principal Clause by a Comma unless it (the Adjective Clause) is rather lengthy.

1. The man we saw yesterday has come again today.

(c) An Adverb Clause is sometimes separated by a Comma from the Principal Clause.

1. He will succeed, because he works hard.
2. I will gladly do this, if I am allowed.

The Comma is omitted if the Adverb Clause is either very short or very closely connected with the Principal Clause.

1. He likes you better than me.
2. Send me word before you start.



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