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MGMAT SC - Subordinators

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According to MGMAT SC, "subordinators, such as because and although, create subordinate clauses, which can in turn attach to a main clause WITH A COMMA".
For example:
I need to relax, BECAUSE I have so many things to do.

Does always a subordinator have to go with a comma in a sentence?
I remember that when I learned English that it is not necessarily true.

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Re: MGMAT SC - Subordinators [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2011, 06:56
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As far as I remember, I have not come across any such rule. I have seen a number cases in which subordinators are used without comma.

For e.g.:

I do not like to write my GMAT now although I am well prepared.
I do not like to write my GMAT now because March is an inauspicious month.

In both the above cases, the sentences are perfectly grammatical. But look at them another way.

Although I am well prepared, I do not like to write my GMAT now.
Because March is an inauspicious month, I do not like to write my GMAT now

These are also grammatically correct. At best, we can say that when a complex sentence containing a subordinate clause is preceded by the main clause, them perhaps a comma becomes essential.

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