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    Always a comma after 'however'?

    I know that this is a silly question but should the word 'however' in a sentence allways be followed by a comma?

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    Re: Always a comma after 'however'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I know that this is a silly question but should the word 'however' in a sentence allways be followed by a comma?
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    Good morning.

    (1) No question is "silly." You have asked an excellent question.

    (2) It all depends on how you use "however."

    (3) For example, no comma is needed in:

    Wow! However did you learn English so fast?!

    (4) But I suspect that you mean after a semicolon. Am I right?

    Martha is very intelligent; however, she doesn't like to study hard.

    (a) the people who write books tell us that, yes, you definitely "must" use a common after a "however" when it follows a semicolon.

    (i) Some books explain that the pause is necessary because "however" in that sentence = "but."

    (a) Martha is very intelligent, but she doesn't like to study hard.

    (i) Did you notice how you paused after "intelligent"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Always a comma after 'however'?

    In addition to the excellent examples above, you also have:

    "I'll never be able to speak a foreign language, however hard I try." (I won't be able to do it, no matter how hard I try.)

    In that case, you have a comma before however, but not after.

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