Is the usage of was after the comma correct in this sentence

Die Gesellschaft wird bald Pleite, was auf der Führung zurückzuführen ist.

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    Actually it should be '..auf die Führung..' In this usage 'was' is being used for starting a causal sentence. Sorry for my weird English right now I am a bit down. Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 14:09
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    Looks like machine translated. Message may be: »Der Staat ist bald pleite, was auf die Regierung zurückzuführen ist.«
    – Pollitzer
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 16:21
  • Indeed. If the origin is english you should post it as well. Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 16:57

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Yes, the comma is correct. We have a subclause here which is separated from the main clause by comma.

Yet there are other mistakes in the sentence, correctly it would be:

Die Gesellschaft wird bald pleite, was auf die Führung zurückzuführen ist.

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    I'd either say "ist bald pleite" or "wird bald pleite sein"
    – Arsak
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 19:41
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    Or geht bald pleite.
    – Jan
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 12:05

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