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    #1

    comma after "so"

    Dear teacher,
    what is right (better)?

    And so(,?) we left from that place.
    So(,?) we left from that place.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: comma after "so"

    They are both wrong.

    'So we left that place.'

    Rover


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    Re: comma after "so"

    In fact, I would argue that both of these need some adjustment.
    In writing, it is generally considered poor form to begin sentences with conjunctions (and,so=coordinating conjunctions). Therefore, to some people, "So we left that place" is not really a sentence (although acceptable in informal writing and speaking). A better choice would be "Therefore, we left that place."

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    Re: comma after "so"

    "Sometimes, at the beginning of a sentence, so will act as a kind of summing up device or transition, and when it does, it is often set off from the rest of the sentence with a comma."

    Conjunctions

    The grammar expert does so as well on this site: Grammar Girl : Starting a Sentence With "However" :: Quick and Dirty Tips
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: comma after "so"

    I think it depends on the writing. In academic writing, it's generally considered considered poor form since a conjunction is designed to connect independent clauses. If you begin a sentence with so, it's not connected to anything. I think in academic writing, better choices would be words such as 'however,' 'as a result,' etc.

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    Re: comma after "so"

    Quote Originally Posted by novaguy1968 View Post
    In fact, I would argue that both of these need some adjustment.
    In writing, it is generally considered poor form to begin sentences with conjunctions (and,so=coordinating conjunctions). Therefore, to some people, "So we left that place" is not really a sentence (although acceptable in informal writing and speaking). A better choice would be "Therefore, we left that place."
    But it changes meaning...

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    Re: comma after "so"

    Quote Originally Posted by novaguy1968 View Post
    I think it depends on the writing. In academic writing, it's generally considered considered poor form since a conjunction is designed to connect independent clauses. If you begin a sentence with so, it's not connected to anything. I think in academic writing, better choices would be words such as 'however,' 'as a result,' etc.
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    I don't think that a conjunction is designed to connect independent clauses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbrodsky View Post
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    I don't think that a conjunction is designed to connect independent clauses.
    *GASP* You used a contraction!

    That's exactly what the FANBOYS conjunctions do -- For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, and So all connect (among other things) independent clauses.
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    Re: comma after "so"

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrodsky View Post
    Dear teacher,
    what is right (better)?

    And so(,?) we left from that place.
    So(,?) we left from that place.

    Thank you.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Sbrodsky.

    (1) I have really enjoyed reading all the wonderful answers.

    (2) Just thought that you would like to know that a few (VERY few)

    writers refuse to accept so as a conjunction. They insist that it

    be treated as an adverb.

    (3) Not: I was tired, so I went to bed.

    (4) But: I was tired; so I went to bed.

    I was tired. So I went to bed.

    (5) As the language professionals have told you, native

    speakers today treat so as a conjunction, so (!!!) we have

    no choice but to accept this development.

    Thank you

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    Re: comma after "so"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    *GASP* You used a contraction!

    That's exactly what the FANBOYS conjunctions do -- For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, and So all connect (among other things) independent clauses.
    1. Yes, but you guys almost forced me to use contractions!

    2. About conjunctions: they do connect (sometimes) independent clauses. But they can (sometimes) start a sentence.

    3. I like this forum very much.

    Thank you

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