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    Comma after unfortunately

    Do you always put a comma after unfortunately? What is the rule?

    Thanks, Cindy

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    Re: Comma after unfortunately

    We do usually put a comma after adverbs like 'unfortunately'. They are called 'sentence adverbs' because they modify the whole sentence and often give the opinion of the speaker/writer.


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    Angry Re: Comma after unfortunately

    Yes, we usually put a comma after 'unfortunately'. This is to prepare the reader that the writer wishes to express something outside the stream of normal thoughts or to digress into something else rather than that mentioned earlier. as example 'Unfortunately, things did not turn out the way as we planned.'

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    Re: Comma after unfortunately

    Could any of you provide an example, please?


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    Re: Comma after unfortunately

    For me, I tend to put a comma after the adverb when it's the beginning of a sentence.

    Suddenly, the alarm clock went off and I realised it had been a dream.

    Suprisingly, Real Madrid have failed to win a title for the fourth season.

    Hopefully, I'll be free tonight.

    Are these sentences correct? PLZ tell me.


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    Re: Comma after unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by Riyadh View Post
    For me, I tend to put a comma after the adverb when it's the beginning of a sentence.

    Suddenly, the alarm clock went off and I realised it had been a dream.

    Suprisingly, Real Madrid have failed to win a title for the fourth season.

    Hopefully, I'll be free tonight.

    Are these sentences correct? PLZ tell me.
    Surprisingly, Real Madrid have failed to win a title for the fourth season.(I've missed a letter, sorry for that).


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    Re: Comma after unfortunately

    Yes, they are perfectly correct and good english too. That is a good rule to follow... Incidentally, Unexpectedly, Immediately and so on...

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    Re: Comma after unfortunately



    Unfortunately, I have nothing to add.

    Good advice, guys.


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