Should there be a comma before “so” in the following sentence?

Consider the following sentence. JS– is an optimizing compiler for the good parts of JavaScript, which helps programmers write efficient and type-safe code so they can develop better quality software and be more productive. This sentence seems all right to me. However, when fed it to, an online grammar checker, it complained about a … Read more

Is “As a member of a rescue team” a dependent clause and does it therefore warrant a comma after it?

I want to know whether the sentence As a member of the rescue team, I had a terrifying experience. is correct with the comma after the “as”-clause. From my understanding it boils down to the question whether the phrase “As a member of the rescue team” is a dependent clause. Other questions tackle other clauses … Read more

Can “A case in point is Japan” be use as a dependent clause of a sentence?

My sentence in full length is “A case in point is Japan, they have experienced a drop of TFR from 3.44 in 1950 to only 1.55 in 2015.” Divide the sentence by comma into two parts, I would like to know these two parts can be linked together with the first part as dependent and … Read more

Limitations of Subordination and Nested Clauses

I’m an English teacher who often has to grapple with explaining to students the complexity of clause structure in English, and after reading an article about various ‘longest sentences’ in fiction, I got to wondering if anyone has ever done any research into the cognitive limitations or constraints on the amount of nesting an average … Read more

Punctuating a list at the end of a dependent clause?

From what I’ve gathered, it’s best to place a list at the end of a sentence. But I’m having a hard time fixing the following sentences without affecting the meaning. The sentences in question: But if you press X, Y, or Z on your keyboard, the cube will only move along the corresponding global axis. … Read more

How do you distinguish between the future tense with noun clauses versus those with time clause?

I am confused about using the future tense in noun clauses versus time clauses. I know that the future tense is not used in time clauses, but that it can be used with noun clauses. However, I am having trouble differentiating between noun clauses and time clauses in a sentence such as: I know when … Read more

“That these … makes” – why “makes” and what is the role of “that”?

I have the following sentence: That these skills are transferable makes them especially beneficial. My question is “simple”: Why makes? (Of course, because of that.) But, does that mean something – the fact? Can we put that in other places in this sentence? Answer Let’s first distentangle that sentence: That these skills are transferable is … Read more