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    #1

    Smile Of course

    hi,

    Do I have to put a comma (,) after ( or before) the expression of course?

    For instance:

    Of course, American literature evolved along its own path.....
    Of course, he is a clever man but.....
    The story is, of course, far from tragic but.....

    Thank you in advance,

    Madox

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    #2

    Re: Of course

    To me, Madox, there is a difference:

    If the comma gives pause, separating 'Of course' from the subject, then "Of course" signals an exception or an added consideration (this can also be expressed with rising intonantion):


    [1a] Of course, American literature evolved ...
    [2a] Of course, he is a clever man but ...
    [3b] The story is, of course, far from tragic ...

    If the comma doesn't give pause, the meaning changes. Here "Of course" signals strong agreement (this can also be expressed with falling intonantion):

    [1b] Of course American literature evolved ...!
    [2b] Of coursehe is a clever man ...
    [3b] The story is of course far from tragic ...

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    Re: Of course

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    To me, Madox, there is a difference:

    If the comma gives pause, separating 'Of course' from the subject, then "Of course" signals an exception or an added consideration (this can also be expressed with rising intonantion):


    [1a] Of course, American literature evolved ...
    [2a] Of course, he is a clever man but ...
    [3b] The story is, of course, far from tragic ...

    If the comma doesn't give pause, the meaning changes. Here "Of course" signals strong agreement (this can also be expressed with falling intonantion):

    [1b] Of course American literature evolved ...!
    [2b] Of coursehe is a clever man ...
    [3b] The story is of course far from tragic ...
    Of course I see!

    Thanks,

    Madox

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