We washed the dog and then we cleaned up the mess that he made Dont use a comma

We washed the dog and then we cleaned up the mess

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We washed the dog, and then we cleaned up the mess that he made. Don’t use a comma if the dependent clause is joined by a conjunction We washed the dog and then cleaned up his mess Optional commas: before and/or in a list. We did A, B and C. If a dependent clause has only one word. E.g., starting a sentence as Here X Y Z.. , or However X Y Z.. does not need a comma (choose depending on if you want the reader to pause), but For example, X Y Z.. does need a comma.
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Word replacements Common jargon in scientific papers, and suggested replacements, taken from various style guides. Use a Word Macro to find these in a document. Potential Jargon Potential replacement as to about(blank) came (weak verb) criteria (plural of criterion) issues (concerns) of (of signals a weak sentence) serve (weak verb) very (reduce) very necessary necessary very unique unique a considerable amount of much a considerable number of many a majority of most a number of many a small number of few access (acc ess should be a noun, not a verb) accounted for by the fact because actually (blank) additionally also adjacent to near admonish warn afford an opportunity let afterwards afterward all of the all along the lines of like an example of this is for example analysis USE analyze INSTEAD? and/or A or B or both apparent clear approach USE as VERB? approximately about are of the same opinion agree as a consequence of because as a matter of fact in fact(blank) as a means of to as already stated BLANK as is the case as happens
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as of this date today as to whether whether ascertain find out assure (ass ure:guarantee, en sure:making certain at a rapid rate rapidly at an earlier date previously at an early date soon at some future time later at the conclusion of after at the present time now at this point in time now attempt try back to the drawing board (Cliché) based on the fact that because be advised that BLANK beat a dead horse (Cliché) beside (be side: next to, be sides:in ad dition to) besides (be side: next to, be sides:in ad dition to) blessing in disquise (Cliché) boggles the mind (Cliché) bone of contention (Cliché) both of the both bring to a conclusion (END, CONCLUDE) by means of by(with) can of worms (Cliché) can't see the forest for the trees (Cliché) capability ability causal factor cause come to a head (Cliché) compare (“contrast” if noting differences between items) completely (blank) completely full full compliment complement (unless expression of praise) component part consensus of opinion consensus considerable amount of much consume eat contiguous touching control group control cutting edge (Cliché) deem think definitely proved proved demonstrate show
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despite the fact that although development USE develop INSTEAD? did not have lacked different than (use different from unless followed by a clause) disease process disease draw a blank (Cliché) due to the fact that because duration length of time during the course of during during the time that while each and every (Cliché) easier said than done (Cliché) echelons levels elucidate explain employ
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