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    Beastly Fido Roxxsmom's Avatar
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    Emma is right; "because" doesn't need a comma when it introduces a clause of purpose (a clause that answers a why question). It serves as a subordinating conjunction.

    My dog bit the vet because she doesn't trust strangers.

    However, one can make an exception when a comma is needed for clarity.

    My dog didn't bite me because she trusts me.

    This can be read to mean that my dog did bite me, but she didn't do it because she trusts me. Or does it mean she didn't bite me and her reason for not biting was trust?

    If it's the latter, then a comma helps clarify.

    My dog didn't bite me, because she trusts me.
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