Mon 23 Oct, 2023 08:44 am
Is this sentence clear or is there a better choice, and should there be a comma used?
Please give her a heads up before you come in to get it so she has time to log it out.
Put a comma where? There’s no comma placement that would make sense.
My Outlook grammar check suggested this, but it didn't look correct to me:
Please give her a heads up before you come in to get it, so she has time to log it out.
No, Ragman is right - no comma needed. One of the uses for the comma is the pause,
so putting a comma where you did makes you pause where you wouldn't ordinarily.
Reliability of Outlook grammar checker (as are many other grammar programs) might be used as a general guide but I wouldn’t rely on them unconditionally. As a former technical writer, I find no good reason to place a comma where they suggest.