'In order that' and Comma Usage

When using "in order that" at the beginning of a sentence, add a comma after the introductory clause.

When using "in order that" at the beginning of a sentence, add a comma after the introductory clause.

In order that we could help our clients to grow their business, we use social listening.

In order that we could help our clients to grow their business we use social listening.

In the middle of a sentence, a comma before "in order that" is generally unnecessary.

We teach our children in a calm and safe environment in order that they can learn effectively.

"In order that" is a subordinating conjunction. It introduces a subordinate clause (e.g., "in order that he can win"), which can be used at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence.

They need to receive a new treatment in order that they can overcome the addiction.

In order that they can overcome the addiction, they need to receive a new treatment.

While a comma before "in order that" in mid-sentence is typically unnecessary, there are specific constructions where you might have to use them. For example, add commas to interrupt the sentence flow or add nonessential information.

I told her, in order that she could understand my feelings, what I had done.

In general, you can replace "in order that" by "so that". Both are compound conjunctions that have the same meaning and are used in the same way. "So that" is much more common and slightly less formal than "in order that". Follow the same comma strategy with "so that".

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