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Title: Comma after of course
Post by: mgmystery on May 04, 2017, 09:07:44 AM
Is the rule to always add a comma after of course? My sentence reads Of course he would think that. A comma seems to mess it up.
Title: Re: Comma after of course
Post by: samcantcook on May 04, 2017, 10:41:54 AM
If I were taking a grammar test, I'm sure I would mess this up. But stylistically, I've seen it seen it used both ways, depending on the writer. Some off set "of course" with commas: He was, of course, going to die. Some don't. As for whether or not a comma should follow the phrase "of course," it really depends how I want the sentence to be read. The emphasis. The pause.

Of course he would think that. Is read without any breaks; it conveys a lighter emotion, almost amused or slightly annoyed, than if we changed it to...

Of course, [pause] he would think that. Now it reads with a more serious tone. There's more gravity. So depending on the context of the sentence, add or remove the comma.
Title: Re: Comma after of course
Post by: Falthor on May 04, 2017, 10:45:39 AM
backing up Samcantcook here...

when I read it in my head there is no pause so there should be no comma.

Any gramophiles out there want to chime in?
Title: Re: Comma after of course
Post by: mgmystery on May 04, 2017, 12:37:05 PM
Perfect! This is the answer I was hoping for. The comma added a pause I don't want.