Comma before "SO"

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If so, please give me a call so we can set up some opportunities for you.

 

Why no comma after "call". I always always thought to use a comma before FANBOYS if it followed by an independent clause. Please explain.

 

I always thought it should be "If so, please give me a call, so we can set up some opportunities for you."

asked Jan 19 '13 at 18:38 Roman New member

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You are correct in your assumption. 'So' is a coordinating conjuction in this sentence, so the comma is required. You could substitute 'and'.

 

If so, please give me a call, so we can set up some opportunities for you.

If so, please give me a call, and we can set up some opportunities for you.

link comment answered Jan 19 '13 at 19:26 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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You're right that you need a comma before a coordinating conjunction when it's joining two independent clauses. And most clauses with a subject and a verb are indepenedent, but this one is not. So the first answer here is wrong.

 

The second clause here is dependent on the first one, so no comma should go before "so." The second clause provides the reason that the first clause is necessary. So the clauses are dependent on each other. It's called a "clause of purpose."

 

A good memory aid for knowing when to use a comma before "so" and when not to is this: When you could insert "that" after the "so," there should not be a comma.

 

Here are some examples:

I'm not coming, so you're on your own. (I'm not coming. Sorry about that. Good luck doing it on your own.)

I'm not coming so you're on your own. (I am a spiteful and hateful person, and the reason I'm not coming is that I want you to be on your own.)

I took the dog out, so he shouldn't have to go for a while. (Something a dog owner might say to a dog sitter who just arrived.)

I took the dog out so he wouldn't have to go for a while. (Something the dog owner would say to her friend later that night when explaining why she took the dog out when she did.)

link comment answered May 12 at 01:28 David Yontz New member

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