So I just saw this quote:

"If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying."

Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?


Yes, it is needed.

It's all about representing what you would do when you speak, with a comma indicating a pause.

If you were speaking your sentence, you would pause after "If anyone needs me". Therefore, you need the comma.

  • And the reason for the down vote? Jun 14 '17 at 0:28
  • Because what you are saying is a common misconception of what a comma is. The comma is represented by a pause in speech, but a pause in speech is not represented by the comma.
    – Max
    Oct 29 '17 at 16:12
  • @Max Thanks. What's your source? Oct 29 '17 at 16:38
  • Every source dealing with punctuation. There are many style guides. One of the most popular of such is the Chicago Manual of Style.
    – Max
    Oct 29 '17 at 16:43
  • @Max Thanks. I'll check it out. How would you have answered this question? Oct 29 '17 at 17:05

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