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comma after discourse marker [necessary?]: furthermore, moreover

Discussion in 'English Only' started by andersxman, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. andersxman Senior Member

    Denmark/danish
    When starting a phrase with the following discourse markers, is the comma obligatory? Or maybe there shouldn't be one at all?

    For example(,)

    moreover(,)

    further(,)

    furthermore(,)
     
  2. rsweet

    rsweet Senior Member

    English, North America
    I was taught to place a comma after all these words except "further," which is not often used as an introductory word in AE. If it's used in the same way as "furthermore," however:) , a comma would be appropriate.
     
  3. DavyBCN Senior Member

    Barcelona
    UK - English
    Absolutely agree from a BE viewpoint.
     
  4. andersxman Senior Member

    Denmark/danish
    Same thing goes for "thus", "hence", "therefore"?


    I supposed there's a never-ending list of examples to ask, that doesn't come to mind in this instance. I reckon the answer is "yes, discourse markes are succeeded by a comma"?
     

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