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Does the comma go before or after but?

Whenever I type a sentence I often wonder where I should use the comma, especially with the word "but". Does the comma go before or after the word "but"?

Thanks for your help!
Posted in English, asked by Inila, 6 years ago. 1226 hits.


The word "but" is a conjunction as it joins two parts of a sentence. The comma should come before the word but, not after.

It is important to ensure that the conjunction separates two independent clauses. A clause is a group of words containing a verb that can stand alone as a sentence with meaning.

For example:

I can't throw a rugby ball, but I am a pro at golf.

This can be broken up into two distinct stand alone clauses: "I can't throw a rugby ball." "I am a pro at golf." As such, the comma comes before the conjunction. In this case, "but".
6 years ago
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