Kathy Ide, Topics: Proofread Professionally * Working with Editors * Successful Freelance Editing *

Kathy Ide (CA), Topics: Proofread Professionally * Working with Editors * Successful Freelance Editing *


Hi! I’m Kathy Ide. In addition to being a published author, I’m a full-time professional freelance editor. For CAN, I’m blogging about tips for writers based on the manuscripts I edit.

Dependent Clauses

A dependent clause that is restrictive (that is, it cannot be omitted without changing the meaning of the sentence) should be followed by a comma when it comes before a main clause. Example:

After she read Rene Gutteridge’s book, Linda felt motivated to write a novel too.

A restrictive dependent clause should not be preceded by a comma if it follows a main clause. Example:

Linda felt motivated to write a novel after she read Rene Gutteridge’s book.

If the dependent clause is nonrestrictive (provides supplementary or parenthetical information not essential to the meaning of the sentence), it should be preceded by a comma.

I’d like to borrow that book, if you don’t mind.

At last she arrived at the banquet, when the food was cold.


About Kathy Ide

Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, has written books, articles, short stories, devotionals, play scripts, and Sunday school curriculum. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a five-book novel series. Kathy is a full-time freelance editor/proofreader/mentor for new writers, established authors, and book publishers. She speaks at writers’ conferences across the country. Kathy is the founder and director of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network ( and the Christian Editor Connection ( For more about Kathy, visit or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

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