Where Does The Comma Go?
A Guide For The Perplexed


INTRODUCTORY ELEMENTS

I,


 Rule Put a comma after an introductory element.
 Test
 IF
Something comes before the subject (other than adjectives)
   THEN Put a comma after what comes before the subject and its adjectives.

Examples of Introductory Elements After Phrases

NB: For short prepositional phrases, you can drop the comma:

Examples of Introductory Elements After Dependent Clauses

Examples of Introductory Elements After Single Words (Direct Address, Yes/No, Interjections)

Examples of Introductory Elements After Words That Create Ambiguity:


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