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Using Commas


The Introductory Comma

The introductory comma separates introductory words, phrases, and dependent clauses at the beginning of a sentence from the main clause.

Examples:

• Therefore, we signed the papers as he requested. (introductory word)
• In addition, we agreed to rewrite the contract next week. (introductory phrase)
• When the check arrived, we were disappointed to learn that only $50 was being refunded to us. (introductory dependent clause)

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