Grammar Lesson Monday: Intro Phrase Commas

Welcome to Grammar Lesson Monday!
This continuous series will address many common grammar mistakes made in the media and that I've seen more than once.  I strive to make the world a better place with good grammar.

Today, we will learn about introductory phrase commas.
This tip is also for writers.

Disclaimer: I've seen a lot of accomplished writers disregard this rule, but it always bothers me when I'm reading.  So, if you decide not to use the rule, make sure you are consistent!  As always, when not following a common grammar rule, consistency is key!

Commas need to follow an "introductory" phrase.  You can usually tell if there needs to be a comma after a phrase if you pause while reading the sentence aloud.

In America, every adult can choose to vote.
After my last final, I sat back and smiled.
Facing her fear of heights, Erin took a deep breath and jumped off the diving board.

That's it for today.  Celebrate good grammar!

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