Re: Commas

Subject: Re: Commas
From: Lynn Gold <figmo -at- RAHUL -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 19:09:11 -0700

Andrew F. Swartz whispered in utmost secrecy:
>Would you put commas in these sentences?
> First turn on the computer.
> Second go get a cup of coffee.
> Third eat some bagels.
> Then chat with co-workers.
> Finally take a break.
>I tried to find the info in Chicago Manual of Style, but got lost. Anyone
>have a clue what section this stuff is covered under?


The "Chicago Manual of Style" says the following:

5.38 The comma is usually omitted after short introductory adverbial
phraseunless misreading is likely:

On Tuesday he tried to see the mayor.

After breakfast the count mounted his horse.

For thirty years the widow had refused to move.
Before eating, the members of the committee met in the assembly

5.39 A comma should not be used after an introductory adverbial phrase
that immediate precedes the verb it modifies:

Out of the automobile stepped a short man in a blue suit.

In the doorway stood a man with a summons.

Hope that helps!

--Lynn Gold "net.fogey" figmo -at- rahul -dot- net,
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