Tuesday, May 02, 2017

introductory word, introductory clause

An introductory word (Unfortunately), phrase (Before the party), or clause (If you can join us) sets the stage for the sentence. Introductory clauses and long phrases must always be followed by a comma, while single words and short phrases may or may not. Introductory phrases and clauses usually begin with a subordinate conjunction (such as after, because, though, or when).

Incorrect:
Although we moved to Florida we still consider New England to be home.

Correct:
Although we moved to Florida, we still consider New England to be home.

Incorrect:
Should you need help please don’t hesitate to call.

Correct:
Should you need help, please don’t hesitate to call.

Incorrect:
Unless you can change my schedule I will have to quit.

Correct:
Unless you can change my schedule, I will have to quit.

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