I'm writing a novel and still getting use to rules for commas. In my novel I have this:

"Well, she better not eat any of my customers,or I’ll be having cougar tonight."

does this comma before the well look correct? I'm confused because I thought you could only have commas between independent clauses but at the same time it feels right.

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    Third pedantic point: it should be "she had better", although if it's dialogue, I suppose you could intentionally be having your character speak ungrammatically. – Acccumulation Nov 6 '18 at 19:09

In this sentence "well" is serving as an interjection, so it is proper to set it off with a comma.

  • But the comma should be after "well", not before it. – Hot Licks Nov 6 '18 at 21:52

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