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    a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Is it always necessary to put a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence?
    For example, how about the following sentence?

    You need to bring A, B and C. Also, you might need D.

    (I'm assuming that this "also" can be used in a formal document. Please tell me if it's better to use "furthermore", "moreover", etc.)

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Yes, the comma is required when "also" appears at the beginning of the sentence. However, if you wrote "You might also need D" or "You might need D also" then no comma is required.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Thank you.
    Does the same go for "therefore"?
    Is it necessary to put a comma after "therefore" at the beginning of a sentence?

    For example,
    All orders placed after 3pm EST will ship the next business day. Therefore,your "Order Date" and "Ship Date" may not be the same.

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Thank you.
    Does the same go for "therefore"?
    Is it necessary to put a comma after "therefore" at the beginning of a sentence?

    For example,
    All orders placed after 3pm EST will ship the next business day. Therefore, your "Order Date" and "Ship Date" may not be the same.
    I would use the comma after "Therefore". Remember to put a space after a comma.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    There are cases where a comma is wrong after these words.
    A story of a Senator who intends to contest the presidency may be following by: "Also vying for the top job is John Kerry, who threw his hat into the ring yesterday."
    A discussion about the onerous duties of responsiblity may be followed by: "Therefore lies uneasy the head that wears the crown."
    Last edited by Raymott; 05-Mar-2014 at 23:25.

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There are cases where a comma is wrong after these words.
    A story of a Senator who intends to contest the presidency maybe be following by: "Also vying for the top job is John Kerry, who threw his hat into the ring yesterday."
    A discussion about the onerous duties of responsiblity maybe be followed by: "Therefore lies uneasy the head that wears the crown."
    Could you (or someone) tell me what the rule is regarding when to use a comma and when not to use a comma after "therefore" at the beginning of a sentence? I understand about "also", but I'm not sure about "therefore".

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Could you (or someone) tell me what the rule is regarding when to use a comma and when not to use a comma after "therefore" at the beginning of a sentence? I understand about "also", but I'm not sure about "therefore".
    If you understand about 'also', you should also get 'therefore'.
    Anyway, if the sentence doesn't make sense if you remove 'therefore', (as in my example), you probably shouldn't have a comma. The same applies to a lot of words, like 'Anyhow', 'Anyway', 'However'. They take a comma if they are simply linking words, as in my previous sentence. But they don't take a comma if they are integral parts of the sentence as in:
    "Anyway you make it, I'm sure it will taste fine".
    "However you make it, don't put too much salt in it."
    Last edited by 5jj; 06-Mar-2014 at 01:05. Reason: small typo

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Anyway you make it, I'm sure it will taste fine".
    I'd make 'Any way' two words in that sentence.

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    Re: a comma after "also" at the beginning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'd make 'Any way' two words in that sentence.
    Yes, you are right. But the principle stands.

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