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    Dear RonBee:

    I review our former discussions on my manuscript today and learn more from your corrections. However, something still puzzles me. For example, the however in the following sentence, must we use a comma after the however? Why?
    Thanks in advance!

    First, we shut off the IR laser and struck the solid sample surface with one or a few laser pulses, and then as soon as possible, we opened the IR laser; however, no scattered light could be observed.

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    Re: However+,

    Quote Originally Posted by wpqin
    Dear RonBee:

    I review our former discussions on my manuscript today and learn more from your corrections. However, something still puzzles me. For example, the however in the following sentence, must we use a comma after the however? Why?
    Thanks in advance!

    First, we shut off the IR laser and struck the solid sample surface with one or a few laser pulses, and then as soon as possible, we opened the IR laser; however, no scattered light could be observed.
    Yes, you need a comma after however there. The simplest explanation for that would be that in speech there would be a pause after however. The other explanation that comes to mind (and it isn't much of one) is that however functions like nevertheless, and nevertheless takes a comma after it. Perhaps something additional (and more useful) will occur to me.

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    As 'however' connects two sentences, it has commas around it to separate it from the sentence it occurs in.

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    Re: However+,

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    As 'however' connects two sentences, it has commas around it to separate it from the sentence it occurs in.
    Wouldn't that make it a conjunction? I see using "however" at the beginning of a clause but not as a conjunction.

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    It's a conjunct.


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    Thank you, my teachers. I have gotten some about that.

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    So it's a conjunct and not a conjunction. (Thanks for the link.)

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