Comma after introductory phrases
Hello. Shouldn't there be a comma in this sentence:
For more information on our program and certification course please visit our website.
I pointed out to a manager of a TESL/TESOL/TEFL program that a comma belongs after the word course. This is from her confirmation letter of my certification that I need to send to potential employers. Their course uses Focus On Grammar materials. Here is her reply:
The template for this letter has been sent out hundreds of times to government organizations and agencies around the world. It was created by a school principle with over 10 years of experience teaching English and I have used it countless times over the past few years. I have never received feedback from any government, school or organization that it is grammatically incorrect.
Certainly a comma can be used in the sentence that you highlight but this comes down to personal preference and is not universally applied by all native speakers of English.
If you still wish to have a second copy of the letter created and sent to you as a pdf file and also by post, please let me know and I will process this before the end of day tomorrow.
I thought a simple, "Thank you for bringing this to our attention," would have sufficed.
Please reply as soon as possible. I want to send her a reply with your expertise attribution. I also wish I could get this attribution from one of the authors of Focus On Grammar. If you know them, please send me an email to email@example.com. Thank you.
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