Introductory Clauses Overview and Examples

Introductory Clauses Overview and Examples

Introductory clauses are dependent clauses (sentence fragments) that introduce complete sentences.

The introductory clause can be used to provide context, establish tone, or give the reader additional information about when, where, why, or how.

In most cases, a comma follows the introductory clause.

When the introductory clause is very short (fewer than four words), the comma becomes optional.

For instance, you could write, “On Tuesday, I will go to soccer practice.”

You could also write, “On Tuesday I will go to soccer practice.”

Both of these sentences are grammatically correct. The decision to include or omit the comma is merely a question of style.

To learn more about introductory clauses, review WriteLab’s Guide.


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