Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Commas and Introductory Phrases

To continue my little tutorial on punctuation ...

Let's talk about introductory phrases. Those are phrases that come at the start of your sentence that introduce the rest of the sentence. (Hence their name, right?)

Here are some examples:

As I was saying ...

Furthermore ...

However ...

As part of today's blog post ....

Whenever your sentence starts with an introductory phrase, you need a comma to separate the phrase from the rest of the sentence. Like so:

As I was saying, you need a comma.

Furthermore, you should put the comma in the right place.

However, don't go overboard and start putting commas in just any old place.

As part of today's blog post, I'll show you examples of where to place your comma.

See you next time when we discuss ... the Oxford comma.

2 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Thanks Tristi

D Biswas said...

These are useful. Bookmarking the post for my students.