Commas after introductory phrases


I have a problem with commas after introductory phrases in the following example: “However it raises many further and difficult questions.”

asked Apr 01 '11 at 01:39 Mahmoud Khedr New member

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Introductory words or phrases introduce or set context for the sentence that follows. In the sentence “However, it raises many further and difficult questions,” “however” is an introductory word. It is preferable to use a comma after such words and phrases to separate them from the rest of the sentence.


This comma also improves readability.



Without comma: After eating the dog went away. 

Better: After eating, the dog went away.


(Note: Many today feel that short introductory phrases generally do not need to be set off by a comma unless removing the comma creates confusion/ambiguity.)

link comment answered Sep 11 '13 at 02:43 Joyce F Contributor

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