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 conjunctionWe washed the dog and then cleaned up his messOptional 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 needa 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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despite the fact thatalthoughdevelopmentUSE develop INSTEAD?did not havelackeddifferent than(use different from unless followed by a clause)disease processdiseasedraw a blank(Cliché)due to the fact thatbecausedurationlength of timeduring the course ofduringduring the time thatwhileeach and every(Cliché)easier said than done(Cliché)echelonslevelselucidateexplainemploy