Using a Comma after an Interjection (Grammar Lesson)
The Quick AnswerCommas can be used to offset interjections (e.g., yes, indeed, absolutely).
Interjections are included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm. For example:
- Yes, I've won.
- Indeed, you have.
- Yes! I've won.
Using a Comma after an InterjectionExpressions such as yes, no and indeed (which usually feature at the start of a sentence) are known as interjections.
When used at the start of a sentence, an interjection can be followed by a comma or an exclamation mark. For example (interjections shaded):
- Well, the rain has played its part in the outcome of this match.
- Yes, she will apologize.
- Absolutely, a fifth of all the students live in the village.
An Interjection in the Middle of a SentenceIf an interjection appears in the middle of a sentence, offset it with two commas. If it appears at the end, offset it with one comma. For example:
- The office can handle, well, four hundred applications per day.
- It's cold, indeed.
What Are Interjections?Interjections are words used to express strong feeling or sudden emotion. They are included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm.
Read more about interjections.
A Comma or an Exclamation Mark?An interjection can be followed by a comma or an exclamation mark. An exclamation mark gives the interjection more impact. For example:
- No, it's not yours.
- No! It's not yours. (The No is more impactful with an exclamation mark. When an interjection is followed by an exclamation mark, it is common for the sentence to be an exclamatory sentence, i.e., one that ends with an exclamation mark.)
- No! It's not yours!