Do You Place Comma After “Then” at the Beginning of a Sentence?
Writing is an important part of my business. I have to write articles, emails, sales letters, etc. And, as English is not my first language, not even my second language 🙂 , I must know and follow the grammatical rules. Of course, I always ask my editor(s) to edit my writings, but still I must follow the rules when I write.
Now, regarding “then” at the beginning of the sentence, as far as I have learned, sometimes you need to place comma after it, and sometimes not. “Then” is different from other words like “but”. When you use “but” at the beginning of a sentence, you don’t place comma after. But in case of “then”, sometimes you must do it. For example:
– You just need to run the app every 24 hours on your phone to activate the mining process. Then you can close the app again.
– Then, thinking about running a business, the man started googling business start-up articles.
What do you think?
No we don’t put comma, because “then” stands for the comma already.
No it is improper. Although, some of us do not know how speak and write English very well
What is improper?
I think using ‘then or but’ to begin a write-up or a paragraph is improper.
Ehh, it’s a complicated language to speak, and then to write. It’s wrong grammar.
Nnaemeka, No you can start your sentence with “then” and “but”. But they have their own rules.
I admit we need to improve, if we are to have quality work here. Thanks for emphasizing this point. And there is always that room for improvement luckscout community.
Punctuation marks give sense to the sentences.
Even in others languages, if you don’t respect grammatical rules, sentences can not have any sense.A simple comma(,)can entirely change the meaning of the statement.
My question is: Should You Place Comma After “Then” at the Beginning of a Sentence?
You should put a comma after “then” if it were used as a transition. For example:
We clean our mind first. Then, we can think about the problem and the solution.
However, it is not advisable to use “then” in the ‘if/then sentence.’ For example:
If you post a quality article, then you will get good credit from the readers.
You are great in English
Thank you Ahmad…
Yes,comma should be placed after then.However, sentences beginning with then are very tricky,you have to be well in English.
Yes, it can be used that way. For example:
Then, Jesus wept.
At that time, Jesus wept.
Even though English is my only tongue I was not a great grammar student, but I really think it depends on the structure of the sentence.
Yes Edward. Thank you 🙂
Alternative is don’t use ‘Then’ to start sentences. Life is to short sometimes to worry about these things!
When you place coma, after ” then” grammatically it becomes wrong.
If you use “Then” as a transition at the beginning of a sentence, you follow it by a comma. Example
We visited Paris. Then, we moved on to Liverpool and London.
I think the commas fit the context of the sentence. Is what I say true?
Yes, normally comma should be placed after a word like then is used in a contest.