Commas are 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 (usually at the start of a sentence) are known as interjections.
When at the start of a sentence, an interjection can be followed by a comma or an exclamation mark. For example (interjections shaded):
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:
Interjections are usually only used when spoken words are being quoted. You should avoid them in business writing.
What are interjections?
Commas after a sentence introductions
Commas after a transitional phrase
Commas before conjunctions (and, or, but)
Commas for parenthesis
Commas in lists
Commas with a long subject
Commas with numbers
Commas with quotation (speech) marks
Commas with the vocative case
Commas with Dear, Hello, and Hi
List of easily confused words