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    #1

    comma

    By swimming quickly, the lifeguard was able to save the drowning child.

    Is the comma after 'quickly' obligatory?

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    Re: comma

    Yes, it is necessary.

    If you say, "The lifeguard was able to save the child by swimming quickly," then no comma is necessary.

    Always use a comma after an introductory phrase.

    John didn't go to school because he was sick.
    Because he was sick, John didn't go to school.

    I am always nervous in front of an audience.
    In front of an audience, I am always nervous.

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
    Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.

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