When beginning a sentence with "well", do you put a comma after it?

  • Well, you know I was wrong.
  • Well you know I was wrong.

Well water does not contain chlorine. In the previous sentence the word in question is used to modify the subject of the sentence, water. But, when well is an expletive, it is parenthetical and needs the comma.

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  • well said, sir. – JeffSahol Dec 11 '13 at 16:53
  • Thank you! I transcribe and my boss keeps removing the commas that follow "well" at the beginning of a sentence..... – user59481 Dec 11 '13 at 17:19

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