comma with in order to, so as to, so that [preposition, conjunction]

uktous

Senior Member
cantonese
Hi,


Are my sentences grammatically correct?



1:
I arrived early, in order to get a good seat.

2:
I left a message, so as to be sure of contacting her.

3:
I worked hard, so that everything would be ready by 6:00.


My intention:
Usually, there is NO comma before "in oder to, so as to, so that".

However, sometimes some sentences are too long, so I want to write a comma before ""in oder to, so as to, such that, so that".


My opinion:

Without the comma, those sentence should be correct.

On the other hand, I haven't seem anyone will write a comma lile my sentence above.


Thanks
 
  • HalloweenHJB

    Senior Member
    American English, Midwest USA
    My sense is that in your 3 examples, the comma is not necessary. I would not put one there myself. The final example, "On the other hand, I haven't seen anyone put a comma as I did in my sentences above" is a clear case when a comma is required.
     

    screamerer

    Senior Member
    Arabic
    Hello, ..

    In:

    "I worked hard, so that everything would be ready by 6:00."

    I find that the comma makes so that everything would be ready by 6:00 sound like a conclusion or consequence of working hard.

    Without the comma, that part sounds like a reason or motive.
     
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