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When beginning a sentence with an introductory phrase or an introductory (dependent) clause, include a comma.

Examples

  • Incorrect: After buying the five pound jar of marshmallow spread he set off in search of a bulk portion of peanut butter.

  • Correct: After buying the five pound jar of marshmallow spread, he set off in search of a bulk portion of peanut butter.

  • Incorrect: With this he bestows the responsibility of his own happiness on his mother and father.

  • Correct: With this, he bestows the responsibility of his own happiness on his mother and father.

  • Incorrect: As she begins to gain independence it is natural for Grete to regard the idea of dependency as repugnant.

  • Correct: As she begins to gain independence, it is natural for Grete to regard the idea of dependency as repugnant.

    References

    More information about this rule is available from the following sources.

    Printed Resources: (see Books on Writing section)
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