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Vahid Chaychi Staff asked 3 months ago

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?

ogahilla replied 3 months ago

No we don’t put comma, because “then” stands for the comma already.

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19 Answers
Nnaemeka Victor answered 3 months ago

No it is improper. Although, some of us do not know how speak and write English very well

Vahid Chaychi Staff replied 3 months ago

What is improper?

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Nnaemeka Victor answered 3 months ago

I think using ‘then or but’ to begin a write-up or a paragraph is improper.

Jackson Mugarura replied 3 months ago

Ehh, it’s a complicated language to speak, and then to write. It’s wrong grammar.

Vahid Chaychi Staff replied 3 months ago

Nnaemeka, No you can start your sentence with “then” and “but”. But they have their own rules.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 months ago

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.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

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.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Comma is necessary anytime you use the word (, ) in sentence.

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Vahid Chaychi Staff answered 3 months ago

My question is: Should You Place Comma After “Then” at the Beginning of a Sentence?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 months ago

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.

Eli Davis Keinamura replied 3 months ago

You are great in English

Vahid Chaychi Staff replied 3 months ago

Thank you Ahmad…

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 3 months ago

Yes,comma should be placed after then.However, sentences beginning with then are very tricky,you have to be well in English.

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David Matlala answered 3 months ago

Yes, it can be used that way. For example:
Then, Jesus wept.

David Matlala replied 3 months ago

At that time, Jesus wept.

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Edward Duffy answered 3 months ago

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.

Vahid Chaychi Staff replied 3 months ago

Yes Edward. Thank you 🙂

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Gareth White answered 3 months ago

Alternative is don’t use ‘Then’ to start sentences. Life is to short sometimes to worry about these things!

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Comma (,) is normal when THEN is appeared in a word.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 months ago

When you place coma, after ” then” grammatically it becomes wrong.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

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.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

Yes if the sentence serve as a transition.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

I think the commas fit the context of the sentence. Is what I say true?

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

Yes, normally comma should be placed after a word like then is used in a contest.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

Yes, you put your comma immediately after your then.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

Yes, you put your comma immediately after your then.

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