Using a Comma after an Interjection
Using a Comma after an InterjectionCommas 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.
- 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.
A Comma or an Exclamation Mark?An interjection at the start of sentence can also be followed by an exclamation mark to make it more impactful. For example:
- 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!
- Yes! I've won!
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.