the word IF and the comma

Here’s comma rule that I always have to look up, and when I say look up, I really mean look up, because there’s a cheat sheet on my office wall, and when I say office, I really mean garage.

  1. If you go to the park, you should wear your coat.
  2. You should wear your coat if you go to the park.

Note the missing comma in the second sentence.  Both sentences have two clauses, but an “IF” clause only gets a comma if it is at the #1 position in a sentence.

Ah, those slippery grammar rules.  And here is a miniature replica of the actual cheat sheet pinned to my garage wall:

If ________, __________.

T_________ if _________.

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