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ozmanozman2016

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Ukrainian
Hello, Should I use a comma before "despite" if it comes after the main sentence? Thanks

Sample: He does not think that he .... despite his preparations.
 
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  • Dryan

    Senior Member
    English - Northeastern U.S.
    No I don't think you need it there.
    I think these are your options:
    "He does not think that he will be good enough in practice despite his preparations."
    "Despite his preparations, he does not think that he will be good enough in practice."
    "He does not think that, despite his preparations, he will be good enough in practice."

    So long as you don't interrupt the independent clause or reverse the order of the clauses, we don't need the comma to clarify what's happening.
     
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