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In the following sentence, do I have to put a comma after "intuitively?":

Intuitively, it represents the concept of something.

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In its current form, this seems like a proofreading question. –  simchona Aug 26 '11 at 7:44

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Yes, you would. "Intuitively" here is a introductory phrase, specifically, an adverb.

Such introductory phrases or clauses, need to be set off with a comma. Examples include:

Barking insistently(introductory clause), the dog ran round the tree.
Unsteadily, he opened the box.

Edit: This site provides the rules:

Introductory clauses, phrases and words are:

  • Clauses, phrases or words that are not sentences.

  • Clauses, phrases or words that provide extra information.

  • The sentence makes sense with out the clause, phrase or words.

  • Clauses, phrases or extra words that come at the beginning of the sentence.

  • They are used as background information, extra information.

  • There can be more than one introductory clause, phrase or word in a sentences.

    Commas are placed after the introductory clause, phase or words. If there is more than one introductory clause, phase or words a comma is placed after each introductory clause, phase or words.

    Examples:

    Wow, that was a great movie.

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    Can you provide a working link, please. –  Edwin Ashworth Aug 8 at 23:14
        
    The article I've quoted at the previous thread (after Kolln) advises: 'It is permissible, even commonplace, to omit a comma after most brief introductory elements — a prepositional phrase, an adverb, or a noun phrase: Yesterday afternoon we sat around waiting for Bill to arrive. / By evening we had become impatient. / Jauntily he walked into the hall.' [/ Carefully he opened the box.] However, 'intuitively' in 'Intuitively, it represents the concept of something.' is a [modal] pragmatic marker and thus requires the comma. –  Edwin Ashworth Aug 8 at 23:52

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