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    How to use comma after So,

    Do we have to use comma after "So," and are there any case that we don't have to use it?

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    Re: How to use comma after So,

    Suthipong, if you type Comma after 'so' in the Search box at the top of the page, you'll find links to previous answers to this question.

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    Re: How to use comma after So,

    Quote Originally Posted by Suthipong View Post
    Do we have to use comma after "So," and are there any case that we don't have to use it?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) As far as I know, one usually does not use a comma after the word "so":

    (a) He did not study hard, so he failed the test.

    (b) He did not study hard; so he failed the test.

    (c) He did not study hard. So he failed the test.

    (2) I believe that (a) is the most common use. It's being used as a coordinating

    conjunction. (connecting two independent sentences.)

    In (b) and (c) it's being used as an adverb (modifying "failed").

    (3) In modern English, people usually (never?) use a comma after the word

    "so." Can you give us an example?

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    Re: How to use comma after So,

    Never say 'never'.

    So, occasionally, you'll see a comma after 'so', as one of a pair used parenthetically.

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    Re: How to use comma after So,

    So, how is the new job going?
    So, what do you think so far?
    So, I was thinking...

    It also has a role as a mild interjection.
    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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