comma before 'so' [conjunction]: he was cheating on me so I told his


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Normally, I always put a comma before "so" when it means "hence" or "therefore" or starts off an independent clause, but what if I don't hear the pause there in the line of the character's dialogue? Is it okay to omit it? For example:

“I thought he was cheating on me with my sister so I told his friends.”


Source: me.
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  • I'm saying that whoever ultimately reads your work will primarily need to understand it. If the reader becomes confused, then that will detract from their enjoyment - an undesirable outcome.
    I don't think that your sentence, taken on its own, causes much pain, comma-less, but if I kept on snagging on what I might consider to be slightly ambiguous exchanges, that would take me out of the story.