General Writing and Grammar Help/Comma before "because"


Hey Jerry,

Hi again! I've came across a very puzzling issue. I am not a native English speaker, and I am trying to understand this issue.  I can see that there are many sentences where writers place a comma before "because". On the other hand, there are many sentences where writers omit the comma before "because" in a sentence.  Let's take some example:-

1) I want to go to Maldives because it is a very beautiful place."

2) Kelly wants to pursue her career in designing because she has always been very fascinated about it.

3) I like swimming and hiking because they are fun.

The subject of "comma before because" in a sentence has confused me a lot. Respected Jerry, can you provide a very detailed and easy to understand explanation to why there should be or shouldn't be a comma before because when because COMES IN A SENTENCE?



All three examples are the same. "Because" in each case is a subordinate conjunction that begins a dependent clause (because they are fun).

The rule states that the natural order of an complex sentence is independent clause, followed by the dependent clause. No comma is needed. When reversed, then a comma is needed, e.g. Because they are fun, I like swimming and hiking.

I hope you can follow this explanation. I know it is quite complex but I tried to make it as simple as I could.

Jerry Leone  

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Jerry Leone


I`ve taught writing or some aspect of the English language for nearly 35 years. I can answer nearly any question on grammar, usage or meanings of words above dictionary usage. An avid crossword fan and writer, I can also answer questions about business presentations and resumes.


I have worked with words all my life as a teacher of the language and as an amateur and professional writer. Communication is a vital force in my life and everyone else's.

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BA in English from the University of Buffalo, MEd in English from SUNY Buffalo, MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Course work in Journalism from Syracuse Univ., in Linguistics from Rutgers Univ. and Journalism from Univ. of Texas and Ohio Univesrity.

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