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    Post please explain!!!

    Why is that there are times that they put a comma after the words so, but, etc.
    please explain!!!

    What is the difference between the two?
    1) So, he tried to open the window.

    2) So he tried to open the window.

    please explain too!!!

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    Default Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Why is that there are times that they put a comma after the words so, but, etc.
    please explain!!!

    What is the difference between the two?
    1) So, he tried to open the window.

    2) So he tried to open the window.

    please explain too!!!
    In the position, at the beginning of a sentence, the comma, these days, is stylistic only. You don't really need it. Which is why some writers do without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    In the position, at the beginning of a sentence, the comma, these days, is stylistic only. You don't really need it. Which is why some writers do without it.
    Do you mean that I'm allowed to remove the comma in the sentense "When I entered the room, I saw her singing.

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    Default Re: please explain!!!

    A useful little rule I was taught as a kid is to put a comma where you would expect to take a breath or pause during speech.

    In 'So, what have we here" the speaker would make a short pause after 'so' but not in "So what we have we here". Spoken English uses such devices for emphasis. Robotic computer generated voices sound odd.

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    Default Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Do you mean that I'm allowed to remove the comma in the sentense "When I entered the room, I saw her singing.
    With longer phrases, we still tend to put the comma in.

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