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.