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Linda M. asked the following question in a Facebook message:
My mom used to say, “Never use a comma before any form of the verb to be.” Is this right? In some sentences it seems like there should be a comma before the word is.
I find this rule curious, and wonder how such rules get created and passed on. It’s not wrong either, at least not entirely. Let’s see if we can clarify it a bit.